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#FraudFriday-Phishing Scams


#FraudFriday-Phishing Scams

Many of us enjoy a good movie or show from time to time and use one of the many popular online streaming companies, one being Netflix. A new scam has been in circulation imitating Netflix, as a ploy to steal your personal information. 

How this scam works: an email is sent to the user requesting to update their billing information for Netflix. 
The email will state the user’s account is on hold or temporarily locked pending verification of current billing information, and invites the user to click on a fraudulent link to update their payment information. 

Once the user clicks on the link and provides their personal information, the thieves can open financial accounts to make fraudulent purchases. 

Here are tips provided from the Federal Trade Commission:
• Check it out. If you have concerns about the email, contact the company directly. But look up their phone number or website yourself. That way, you’ll know you’re getting the real company and not about to call a scammer or follow a link that will download malware.
• Take a closer look. While some phishing emails look completely legit, bad grammar and spelling can tip you off to phishing. Other clues: Your name is missing, or you don’t even have an account with the company. In the Netflix example, the scammer used the British spelling of “Center” (Centre) and used the greeting, “Hi Dear.” Listing only an international phone number for a U.S.-based company is also suspicious.
• Report phishing emails. Forward them to spam@uce.gov (an address used by the FTC) and to reportphishing@apwg.org (an address used by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which includes ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies).
• You can also report phishing to the FTC atftc.gov/complaint. Also, let the company or person that was impersonated know about the phishing scheme. For Netflix, forward the message to phishing@netflix.com

When in doubt, check it out!