Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is being used as part of a scam. New reports suggest that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone users are receiving emails claiming they spent $50 on Netflix. Although it looks like an official message from Apple, it is just a scam and something to be avoided entirely.
Netflix, Inc. Being Used For iTunes Scam
Apple users are probably freaking out right now.
Emails are being sent out on Tuesday that say you purchased and installed a Netflix app. The scam email claims it has been sent from Apple’s iTunes Store, but the email stems from a dummy address.
The email goes on to state that you spent $50 on the online streaming service. In the email, an invoice and a link to manage or get rid of the Netflix package are attached. If you click on the link then you will be required to provide personal information through a fake website.
If you have received this email then you should delete it almost immediately.
Netflix has yet to respond to these reports. Apple did and issued a statement confirming that the iTunes Store would never ask you to offer sensitive account information or personal data through email.
“Email messages that contain attachments or links to non-Apple websites are from sources other than Apple, although they may appear to be from the iTunes Store. Most often, these attachments are malicious and should not be opened. You should never enter your Apple account information on any non-Apple website.”
Surprisingly, these emails are quite common because the numbers are in the perpetrator’s favor. These scam emails try to look very official, and they can look very good to the untrained eye. The number of these scam emails claiming to be from your bank, Apple, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) or Netflix has actually increased. It makes sense considering that these emails can reach tens of thousands of people. It only takes one percent of the recipients to make these illicit activities successful for the culprits. It’s true that 419 scams are still prevalent, but they have evolved into these types of emails.
Netflix, Inc. is the Victim of Multiple Scams
Perhaps it’s the popularity and success of Netflix, but the tech titan is increasingly being used for email scams. There have been numerous cases over the years where users have received false emails that appeared to come from the firm. It turned out that these emails were primarily used for phishing endeavors.
In May, supposed emails from the firm said that it was unable to validate users’ payment information. In order to avoid an account suspension, the recipients were told to click on a link to verify their details. Once again, the phishing scam was created to steal your personal and financial information.
Netflix phishing scams are so frequent that another one happened just last week.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) posted a warning to users regarding fake emails. The government agency noted that the fake emails had links to a phishing site that looked identical to the actual Netflix website. The emails had a subject line “Netflix Membership on Hold” and had a link to a Netflix sign-in page. Both turned out to be fraudulent.
“This is a scam targeting Australian and overseas Netflix users, aiming to steal your credentials. The fake sign-in page is extremely convincing and is a reminder that phishing scams aren’t just about stealing your bank account details—you need to keep ALL your personal information, including all login details, safe and secure,” the ACMA said in a statement. “If you receive an email, delete it immediately.”
Malwarebytes Labs has a list of all of the Netflix-themed scams. Be sure to check it out.