Netflix phishing scams are becoming more popular

midian182

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In brief: With more people signing up to streaming services, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the less tech-savvy by using classic phishing techniques, tricking users into handing over their login credentials and payment information.

Cybersecurity giant Kaspersky reports on the increasingly popular practice of using streaming services such as Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime as phishing bait. The scams use fake sign-up and landing pages that can be pretty convincing at first glance but usually have tell-tale signs of something not being quite right; take a look at the one below as an example.

One of the most common emails is the fake Netflix ‘Update your payment’ warning that states a user’s account is on hold until their payment details have been confirmed. Again, some might believe it looks convincing, but the real Netflix is unlikely to start an email with “Dear costumer.” Clicking on the red button directs to a fake personal details page, one that has no spelling errors, but typing in your credit card numbers is a sure way of receiving a nasty surprise.

Another method is to target non-subscribers with the prospect of watching new, unaired episodes of shows that scammers have pieced together from different clips—The Mandalorian, in this case. They are then asked to sign up for a low-cost subscription to continue watching.

While having your credit card/bank details stolen is a worst-case scenario, criminals are also after users’ streaming service login credentials. These can be sold on the dark web, and as several devices can stream content simultaneously using one account, victims could end up having to wait until a stranger signs out before they’re able to watch their favorite show. There’s also the risk associated with recycling the same passwords across multiple sites and services, something that many people still do.

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Revolution 11

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Can we all agree that when the government catches people in Phishing scams that they should be beaten mercilessly, publicly and humiliated - just like Singapore?
Agreed but let's also extend that punishment to anyone who commits white-collar crimes. Fraud, abuse, embezzlement, identity theft, insider trading, tax fraud/evasion, investment fraud/ponzi schemes, false accounting, money laundering, bribery, etc, etc.

All of this should be fair game. I will get my stick ready.
 

Neatfeatguy

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Agreed but let's also extend that punishment to anyone who commits white-collar crimes. Fraud, abuse, embezzlement, identity theft, insider trading, tax fraud/evasion, investment fraud/ponzi schemes, false accounting, money laundering, bribery, etc, etc.

All of this should be fair game. I will get my stick ready.

We shall call it "Whacking Day".

 

Revolution 11

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Except the criminals aren't in this country. They are in countries that don't care.
That's fine. There are plenty of white-collar criminals in this country. We can start with baby steps. Set a positive example for the rest of humanity.

Also, whack them with sticks while yelling "Shame, Shame" at them.
 
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GeforcerFX

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I finally stopped getting the Netflix emails a few months ago. But it was pretty constant before that. Prob 100 a month for most of 2020 and early 2021.