This Scam Email Is Striking Fear Into the Hearts of Netflix Binge-Watchers

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The scammers are at it again. This time in their plot to get their hands on your banking information, they’re pretending to be Netflix employees.

According to Chicago news station WGN, several Netflix users reported getting emails that appeared to be from the streaming company but were actually from scammers.

The emails, which had the company logo at the top, told customers their Netflix accounts had been disabled and suggested they update their billing information. The email address the messages are coming from is [email protected], according to the Guardian.

Some versions of the emails asked customers to reply with their billing information so a staffer could update it for them. The more believable version directed customers to a Netflix lookalike site where they could enter their billing information.

If you get this email, do not to click on any links or provide any personal information.

This scam is especially dangerous because Netflix does send out legitimate updates about account information via email. But the company will never ask you to submit personal or payment information via email.

If you get an email from Netflix, your best bet is to either hover your cursor over the link to make sure it’s legitimate before clicking on it or manually go to Netflix’s website, log in to your account and look for notices that need your attention.

This is not the first time scammers have targeted Netflix customers. A similar scam cropped up in January. In the previous scam attempt, scammers redirected customers back to the Netflix website after they handed over personal information to avoid suspicion.

If you’re worried that you may be a victim of a scam, check out these tips about how you can protect yourself that we put together the last time scammers tried this on unsuspecting streamers.

Desiree Stennett is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.