We know that Netflix would never hurt us — because we love Netflix, and Netflix loves us — but unfortunately some jerk people out there right now are using Netflix to try to scam us. Ugh, nooooooooo. Here’s what you need to know about this Netflix scam, and this situation is bumming us out right now.
Mostly all scams out there on the internet target you, and your personal information. Scams are trying to snag your credit card numbers, and social security information, for malicious reasons. Currently, there’s an email going around that looks to be from Netflix, but it is NOT FROM NETFLIX. This email asks subscribers to update their information — and that information includes credit card and social security numbers.
Um, we love you Netflix, but pretty sure you don’t need our social security number (unless we really are getting married and stuff).
According to FireEye, a cyber security company, this is what happens:
“The attack seems to start with an email notification — sent by the attackers — that asks the user to update their Netflix membership details. The phishing link inside the email body directs recipients to a page that attempts to mimic a Netflix login page.
Upon submitting their credentials, victims are then directed to webpages requesting additional membership details and payment information. These websites also attempt to mimic authentic Netflix webpages and appear legitimate. Once the user has entered their information, they are taken to the legitimate Netflix homepage.”
Unless you’re setting up your account, or switching over a payment method, Netflix will never ask for your credit card number. Netflix will NEVER ask for your SS (unless, you know, it’s the marriage thing).
If one of these emails pops up in your inbox, be sure and double check that the links inside bring you directly to the Netflix.com homepage — and if not, don’t give them any information! Stay safe binging out there, friends.
This article originally appeared on Hello Giggles.