Netflix is pretty much a part of all our lives nowadays. Whether the account is actually yours, or a friend/family member who lets you use their password, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone without access to a Netflix account. But between all the binge-watching of your favorite shows, you may have overlooked a sneaky phishing scam that's targeting the streaming service's customers.
Reports are coming in of multiple subscribers receiving very well-crafted (but fake) emails - supposedly from Netflix - claiming that their account has been temporarily disabled/suspended due to billing issues. The only way to "reactivate" it is to update your payment information via a link that directs to a fake website or to send those details to them by email.
Scams like this are designed to give hackers access to your bank accounts, leading to a serious case of credit and/or identity theft. If you receive a billing-related email from Netflix, always take the time to verify it before clicking any links or responding. One good way to check is to see the actual email address by hovering your cursor over the sender's name. Bad grammar or typos are other dead giveaways that this email didn't come from a real customer service department.
If you think the message is suspect, head over to your Netflix and make sure everything is in working order. If you're able to log in and start watching a show, then clearly your account status is just fine. On the chance that you have fallen victim to the scam, don't freak out. Call your bank immediately, check all your accounts for any suspicious or unconfirmed activity, and make sure you update all your passwords.
Meanwhile, Netflix advises subscribers to learn more about how to keep their personal information safe from phishing scams by visiting Netflix.com/security, or by contacting their customer service department directly.
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H/T: Mental Floss