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The Latest Netflix Scam Is Scarily Convincing

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UPDATE (11/7) — Unfortunately, there's a new Netflix scam on the rise that should have all users on high alert. Earlier this fall, we heard about a fake email circulating that told Netflix users their account has been disabled — and asked them for payment information. Scarily enough, this new email scam looks just as realistic as the last one did.

More than 110 million Netflix subscribers have been targeted by an email scam claiming that their account has been "suspended" due to problems with billing information. Much like the "disabled account" emails, this is yet another hacker's ploy to get users to reveal private information. In the worst case scenario, this could actually lead to identity theft.

Netflix said in a statement to Mashable:

"We take the security of our members' accounts seriously and Netflix employs numerous proactive measures to detect fraudulent activity to keep the Netflix service and our members' accounts secure. Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information. Members who want to learn more about how to keep their personal information safe against malicious online activity can go to netflix.com/security or contact Customer Service directly."

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled, and if you get a message like this, don't fall for it!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (9/22) — There's a new Netflix scam on the rise, and it's one you definitely need to be on the lookout for. In a digital age, we've seen a lot of convincing scams out there, but this one is so realistic, it's terrifying.

The Netflix scam has been found in an email that targets customers for their banking information. The message, which has an eerily similar look to official emails from the real Netflix, tells users that their accounts have been disabled and that in order to reactivate it, they will need to update their payment details. Don't fall for it! If you click on the link and enter in your payment information, you may end up giving hackers direct access to your private information.

Pretty freaky, right? At the moment, there have only been reports of this Netflix scam happening in the U.K., but it never hurts to keep an eye out for anything suspicious happening with accounts on this side of the pond, too.

A Netflix spokesperson had this to say in a statement:

"We take the security of our members' accounts seriously and Netflix employs numerous proactive measures to detect fraudulent activity to keep the Netflix service and our members' accounts secure.Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information.Members who want to learn more about how to keep their personal information safe against phishing scams and other malicious activity can go to netflix.com/security or contact Customer Service directly."

h/t Country Living

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