Netflix is the number one live streaming service that has ever graced the face of the internet. With its wide range of content and an increased user base, there was no question as to who would stay ahead in this compelling race of the best streaming service there is. But recently, there has been an upsurge of strange emails that is being dogging the current Netflix subscribers. This looks like the repetition of the scandals that took place late last year in September and October.
The email consisted of a link that asks the existing subscribers to click on it and update the account’s payment information. If we look at it in the first instance, the email looks very much legitimate and there have been users who fell prey to the same.
Netflix have shared a fair warning to their users making them aware that the Company would never ask for their personal information so brashly. The email also consisted of a message stating that, “Your account is on hold”, which actually forced many to recheck these details.
With respect to a blog post released by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have confirmed the possibility of a phishing scam. The email will force the users to enter sensitive information such as the bank account number, credit card details, ID card numbers, passwords, and so on and so forth to make it look official, but it is not.
Clicking on it might result in your account being locked permanently, your details getting implicated by such illicit users and that would mean trouble for you.
Netflix also has a security section in the website which has time and again claimed the fact that, the company does not believe in sending information over emails.
Some of these details include,
– Transaction based information like credit card numbers, PINs, debit account information, etc.
– SSN or the Social Security Number which is a Unique Identification code for every U.S. Citizen.
– Netflix account password.
As per the official statement released by the Netflix, they have conveyed the fact that phishers will always be a part of the system. There are many steps in place which helps them detect the fake ones among the rest, and this helps them to keep their accounts more safe and secure.
The very first thing which the FTC recommends would be to check for the erratic email addresses. You can go to the official website and look into the FAQ section which describes in detail that you should always be aware of such emails. You should think twice before clicking on such unscrupulous email IDs and always look for the linked URLs that are mentioned at the bottom of the window.
If you find in the midst of such a scenario, you should immediately approach the Company with the complaint and the nature of it in detail. Or, you can register a complaint to the FTC website thus making it official.