FTC issues warning about a Netflix phishing scam

It's like 'Bird Box' but in your email.

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Richard Lawler
December 27, 2018 4:32 AM
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Jackson Davis/Netflix

In between bouts of binge watching, keep a close eye on any emails you get that claim to be from Netflix. The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning today about fake messages claiming to be from the streamer that are really just trying to snag your login info or distribute malware. The screenshot shared came from Ohio police, but the message used British English spelling, and the UK's Action Fraud service gave a similar warning a few months ago.

Fake Netflix email

Phishers could trawl for information in order to find other accounts using the same email/password combination, so hopefully you've already set up unique passwords for services (including Netflix) and are using multifactor authentication where available (unfortunately, not yet on Netflix). They also may resell access to active accounts on services like Netflix or Spotify, so it's a good idea to check recent streaming activity for any IP addresses you don't recognize -- just don't forget about that cousin who you said could use your account. You can also sign out all active devices and reset your password on the Netflix website, and its support page recommends forwarding any suspicious emails to phishing@netflix.com.

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