Scamwatch, a cybercrime tracker operated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), warned against a new phishing scam targeting Netflix users.
Criminals send bogus emails posing as the streaming giant, then ask targets to update their payment details as there is “trouble with your current billing information.”
Once the victims click on the malicious link, the scammers can steal their credit card credentials and use them to make all sorts of purchases. “Fresh warnings of Netflix phishing scams.
Be careful of emails asking you to click on a link to update your account, Scamwatch warned. “Don’t click on the link, if unsure go directly to the website to check your account.”
Phishing email campaigns always involve bad actors impersonating legitimate businesses and entities. They contain malicious links, documents, files, or other attachments. According to cybersecurity firm Cynet, phishing and spear-phishing were the most common methods to launch COVID-related attacks during the pandemic. Phishing scams’ efficiency relies on volume, with cybercriminals increasing their victim scope by sending as many emails as possible. Meanwhile, in spear-phishing attacks, scammers have specific targets.
Scamwatch says that users must remain vigilant to avoid these scams, which are designed to look as realistic as possible. Therefore, if people sense something suspicious, the best thing to do is ignore the email and check the official source, i.e., Netflix, banks, telecom providers, etc.
But unfortunately, these threats can be really effective. Australians lost over $250,000 to phishing scams in September alone. And the amount could be much higher considering these were the victims who reported their losses. ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said hackers are taking advantage of the financial vulnerabilities caused by the coronavirus pandemic to prey on victims. She advised users not to click on any hyperlinks in emails to visit government websites, urging to “always type the address into the browser yourself.”
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