If you receive an email from Netflix support service, you are suspicious. A group of hackers are using the brand to cheat users and steal their bank details. We explain how to detect these phishing attacks.
Cybersecurity experts warn of the ease with which we fall for internet scams for not paying attention to detail. Although phishing campaigns are getting more elaborate, following a simple protocol we can avoid most network frauds.
Lifehacker magazine reports a new phishing scam circulating on the net on behalf of Netflix. With a simple email, cyber criminals are tricking users into giving them sus bank details with those who pay the subscription of the streaming platform.
The mail seems to come from Netflix support service that warns us of a subscription failure. They ask us to carry our bank details, credit card and password again or else our account on the entertainment platform will be canceled almost immediately.
Phishing is one of the techniques most commonly used by cybercriminals to gain user credentials. We show you some tricks that phishing uses to deceive users and steal their personal data by making them believe that they are on a legitimate page.
That urgency reveals that it is something suspicious, it is one of the strategies that most use these phishing messages that, through psychological techniques of deception, manage to convince the victim to give them their data or access to their devices. If the bank, or any other company hurries us to give our data, we must be suspicious and look for other signs of deception.
The mail may have personal data to appear that it is addressed to you and that they know you, so that you trust. They also usually include a link to some fake but very credible website. Scammers reproduce the Netflix design with its characteristic colors, but if we look closely we can find small details that alert us to the falsity of the website. In the main image contributed by the Armorblox blog, it can be seen how url does not match Netflix, although the design is almost identical.
We are going to try to list a series of steps that before us like this help us to come out unscathed and not end up being victims, according to the recommendations given by cybersecurity experts with more frenquency:
Always doubt everythingIt is not about being paranoid, but being alert and not believing ourselves safe from attacks or fraud will save us from falling into a trap.
Never give personal data (passwords, cards, bank accounts …) by email, phone or sms. Companies usually have protected online services that we can access or use applications like PayPal. If you have any questions, do not use the links that come in the mail. We can go to the website of the bank or Netflix and enter our account to correct any data. Also with the phones, search them in Google to avoid using a false number.
Look at the details, the url may vary in some letters or the design may not be exact. Anything that hints that it’s a hoax.
Urgency and alarm messages that they rush you so that you don’t stop to think and give them the data without much care. If you still see that you have fallen into the trap, quickly notify your bank and the police to lock your accounts and chase criminals.
Change password frequently on all your accounts.
With these steps, you will be able to surf the web more safely where we find very positive services, but also we risk being robbed or some other type of computer attack.