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New day,old scam: Netflix email scam revived, spreads wildly

Cybersecurity experts have advised

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MICHIGAN, U.S. - An old Netflix scam is doing the round again, and people continue to fall for the scam, that at one point looking almost genuine.

As part of the scam, hackers reportedly pose as Netflix employees and send out emails to users claiming that there is something wrong with their account.

Hackers then seek the credit card details of the user, so that their account can be reconnected.

Hackers then direct the users to a link that is mentioned in the email.

However, when a user clicks on it, they are directed to another page that looks like the Netflix log in page.

No surprises for guessing that the page isn’t the genuine one.

In a statement, Tech expert Kent Meeker explained that the goal of the hackers is to get users to enter their username, password, and potentially their credit card information.

Meeker said, "They will record the keys as you put them in and stuff it into a little file somewhere so they can to those access those later to see if that information matches your Netflix account and if it matches any other accounts that you may have out there.”

Cybersecurity experts have advised that when such an email is received, the first thing to do is to pay close attention to the sender of the email. 

Experts suggest that if the email is from a gmail or yahoo account, users should safely assume that the email did not come from Netflix.

Further, they advise paying attention to possible inconsistencies in font size and typos. 

Users should also be wary if they are being pressured into clicking a link, to avoid a suspension on their account.

The most important advise however is to not click on any such links and to ignore the email altogether.

Simultaneously, and to be sure, users should check their Netflix account in a separate window and log in to check their status.

The most recent warning about the email phishing scam targeting users again came from the Grand Rapids Police Department in Michigan that posted about it on its Facebook page.

The police department said in its post that an email from a fake user has been circulating that says the user's account has been deactivated.

The email details the accounts were deactivated because the company "could not validate billing information." 

The user is then prompted to click on a link and enter personal information, including credit card numbers.

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