Trying to reach Netflix for help with your account? If so, watch out for this crafty con.Scammers provide fake customer support numbers online and fool callers into purchasing unrelated computer software.
How the Scam Works:
You are having trouble with your Netflix account, so you search online for the customer support phone number. A quick search turns up what appears to be a legitimate toll-free number ( 1-888 or 1-844 number). You dial it, and a "representative" answers. This person declares that your Netflix account has been hacked. In one version, the scammer claimed a dozen people from across the globe all used a victim's account.
Skeptical? The "representative" says they can provide proof that your account was hacked. But first, they need remote access to your computer. Unfortunately, granting a scammer access can open you up to the risk of identity theft. Scam artists can install malware that records passwords or hunts for personal information, such as bank account numbers. However, according to BBB Scam Tracker reports, this scam appears to be a pretext for selling computer security software. The expensive software – victims report paying between $200 and $900 – will do nothing to fix your Netflix account, which was never hacked in the first place.
Protect yourself from tech support scam:
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Get help keeping your account secure by checking out these resources in Netflix's Help Center (Note: Netflix is a BBB Accredited Business)