Not heading out this May Bank Holiday weekend?
That's alright, we here at Lovin do not judge. We might head out, we might stay in and to be honest, we might do a bit of both - you know the way it goes.
Regardless, we want to have a carefree Bank Holiday but this latest Netflix scam has the potential to skew that altogether.
Irish users of Netflix have been warned about a new "convincing" scam which has been designed to fool users into handing over their bank details.
ESET Ireland is a software and internet security solutions provider and it is warning Irish Netflix users to keep an eye out for fake Netflix pages that include a security certificate, but collects’ victims’ credit card numbers for the cybercriminals.
They state that: "A genuine-looking email was received by ESET Ireland, appearing to be a warning about an expiring Netflix subscription, titled 'Your cancellation confirmation', claiming the user’s payment at the end of a billing cycle failed, so their membership is getting cancelled.
Then a big red button invites them to 'restart membership'. Anyone with an existing Netflix account would be alarmed by this and would be likely to click on the 'restart' option.
"We’ve seen similar 'Netflix scams' before, but the current seems to be even more advanced. The button links to a convincing looking fake Netflix website, complete with 'https' with a padlock and an address that looks Irish
"After 'signing in' with their email and password, the victim is asked to fill in all their address and billing details, including their credit or debit card details, and so all this personal data is handed over to the scammers."
And the scam is so "convincing" that it then actually redirects the user to an actual Netflix site when their details have been entered.
ESET Ireland recommends Netflix users should not use links in emails to log into their accounts and should particularly avoid filling in any payment details.
They should instead log in and check their status the way they always do, and should delete any such suspicious emails, as well as warn their friends about the scam.
Something to be very wary about this Bank Holiday weekend.