The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been made aware of a scam text message purporting to be from Netflix. The text message claims that the streaming service is undergoing maintenance and requests that the recipient click a link to verify their account information.

The FBI warns the public not to click the link as it could be a phishing scam. If the link is clicked, personal information, such as user names, passwords, and financial information, may be compromised.

What is a Phishing Scam?

Phishing is an online fraud tactic whereby someone impersonates a legitimate entity to steal personal or financial information. Attackers use deceptive emails, malicious links, and even text messages to try and lure people into clicking on a malicious link or downloading a malicious attachment.

Phishing scams have become increasingly more sophisticated and widespread; as such, it is important for users to be aware of the warning signs of a phishing scam. The FBI provides the following tips to protect oneself from being a victim of fraud:

Tips for Avoiding Phishing Scams

• Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails, text messages, or other forms of communication.

• Delete the message if the sender is anonymous or unrecognizable. Legitimate businesses and organizations typically provide contact information when they communicate with customers.

• Be aware of unusual spelling or grammar. Phishers often make mistakes in order to make their messages seem more authentic.

• If you are asked to provide personal information, make sure that the URL of the website begins with “https.” This indicates that the website is secure and verified.

• If something looks suspicious, do not open it. Play it safe and delete the message.

Signs of a Netflix Phishing Scam

The FBI has identified three signs of a Netflix phishing scam. Here are the details:

• The text message comes from an “unrecognized” number.

• The text message is not personally addressed.

• The text message contains a link to a fake website.

When attempting to verify the authenticity of a message, it is important to remember that Netflix would never ask you to provide your personal information via a text message.

If you believe you may have received a fraudulent text message from Netflix, the FBI recommends the following:

• Do not click any links in the message, and do not provide any personal or financial information.

• Delete the message immediately and contact your carrier or service provider.

• Report the email as spam or phishing scam and delete it.

• Contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Phishing scams are a major issue and are increasingly becoming more sophisticated. It is important for users to be aware of phishing scams and to take measures to protect themselves and their personal information.

By implementing the tips listed in this article, you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of phishing scams. It is also recommended to stay up to date on any new scams that may be targeting users.

If you have received a suspicious email or text message purporting to be from Netflix, the FBI asks that you exercise caution and contact your carrier or service provider or the IC3 to report the message.