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Netflix 'verification failure' email targeting millions

What to do if you receive credit card message
The new Netflix email phishing scam you should know about
Posted at 11:40 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 20:30:15-04

Netflix has helped get many of us through the pandemic, giving us great shows to binge watch instead heading out to bars at night.

That's why you might perk up if Netflix says there's a problem with your account.

Netflix has been a lifeline during our long COVID staycation.

"Ozark," "The Crown," Michael Jordan's "Last Dance," "Sherlock," "Stranger Things," "The Twilight Zone" and more shows helped us through the shutdown.

But you might think you are in a real-life Rod Serling episode if you fall for one of the slickest phishing scams in recent years,

It's an email, purportedly from Netflix, saying "notice of verification failure," alerting you to a problem with your billing credit card.

It asks you to update the card, or your Netflix account will be canceled.

People who have clicked through the email have ended up on a captcha page, which looks very legitimate.

But it's all a scam, according to tech sites and Forbes Magazine.

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Netflix phishing email

Why you may not know you were scammed

And from the "doesn't that stink" file, you may not even know you fell for a scam.

Forbes says once you re-enter your credit card number, you are re-directed to Netflix's real page. So it appears everything is now good, and taken care of.

It all seems fine, until your credit card is soon hacked. And that stinks.

Remember that a legitimate email from a company you do business with should include your name or account number, and not just say "Dear Customer."

That way, you don't waste your money.

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