New Scam Targets Netflix Subscribers
March 18, 2014
Akron, OH – March 18, 2014 – Scammers have found another opportunity to steal personal information from consumers. Netflix subscribers have been targeted by a new phishing scam that has surfaced.
Users that are targeted will be led to a phony webpage that may resemble the Netflix-login page. The Netflix users will enter their account information and the fake website will claim that the user’s account has been suspended. A fake customer service number
is provided and a “representative” recommends the user download the “Netflix support software,” which is remote login software that gives the fake representative full access to the user’s computer.
“Scammers are taking full advantage of Netflix’s good reputation and anyone could fall for this scam,” said Christy Page, CEO of BBB serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties.
Consumers should look for three key indicators that the email involved in this scam is not from Netflix:
1) The phone number is not for Netflix, the number belongs to a call center in India.
2) The webpage is a pop-up.
3) The “representative” wants to login to your computer via remote software.
Here are some tips on how to avoid this scam and others like it:
• Never let someone login to your computer remotely. When someone logs in, they can do anything you can do on your computer. They can access anything including personal and financial information.
• Do not click links in emails. It is better to type the address in the search bar manually.
• If the URL seems odd, do not continue to go to the site. If it is a scam, it will most likely have an unusual URL. It will likely contain a common name but be accompanied by some jumbled letters or numbers.
• Always look up the company’s phone number on their website. If you need to call a company, look it up on their official website. This can make sure that you are calling a legitimate number.
For more advice on scams, visit bbb.org.