Trying to reach Netflix for help with your account? If so, watch out for this crafty con. Scammers put fake customer support numbers online and trick callers into buying computer software they don’t need.
How the Scam Works
You’re having trouble with your Netflix account, so you search online for the customer support number. You find what appears to be a legitimate toll-free number, beginning with 1-888 or 1-844. You call it and a "representative" answers and tells you your Netflix account has been hacked. In one version, the scammer claims a dozen people from around the world have used a victim's account.
Skeptical? The "representative" says they can provide proof that your account was hacked, but 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, 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.
How to Protect Yourself
For More Information
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Keep your Netflix account secure by checking out these resources in Netflix's Help Center (Note: Netflix is a BBB Accredited Business.)
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