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    Scammers Using Netflix Logo in New Phishing Scheme: Expert

    Scammers are using a popular streaming service’s logo and name to try to trick victims into giving them their financial information.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019)

    At first, Cinthya Lavin thought the email she received was the real deal.

    "It looked very legitimate," she said.

    The email she thought had come from Netflix asked her to update her credit card information by clicking on a link. She told NBC 6 Responds she almost clicked on it, until she remembered she doesn't directly pay for Netflix.

    "I actually do not have my Netflix account linked to my credit card because it goes through my phone company," she said.

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    Cinthya, who is also the spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida, told NBC 6 Responds the BBB had recently heard from consumers who say they, too, had received similar phishing emails.

    "Initially it used to be the IRS scam and people had to pay," she said. "Then they use the juror scams and now they're using subscriptions. It's really all the same thing. The end goal is to get your financial information."

    Netflix told NBC 6 "The safety of our members' accounts is a top priority for us, and are always working to improve at this." On its website, Netflix said they will never ask for any personal information to be sent over email, including payment information, social security numbers or an account password.

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    Cinthya said the email came after her credit card had been compromised, which is why she almost clicked on the link. She said if you get an email asking for personal information, pay attention to the details, including the sender's email, its domain and any typos.

    "Just stop and think and read for a second and it can avoid you getting scammed for hundreds, even thousands of dollars,"

    Instead of clicking on a link in an email, consider logging onto your actual account to see if you really do need to update any personal information. If you get a phishing email that seem to come from a legitimate company, you should report it directly to that company.

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