Fake Netflix apps: watch out for scams

During the lockdown period, when half the entire world was staying at home, a scam campaign targeted Netflix subscribers. To phish users of the platform, fraudsters email under the name of the company, to encourage an update of personal data, or by offering a free offer related to COVID. It was a real machine that could fool the uninitiated with false applications.

This phishing, which has raged on the web lately, is the work of professional hackers. They have installed a real platform on the internet, to steal the connection data of Netflix users.

So that you are not the next victims, we have carried out our own investigation, to find out everything that surrounds this scam. We will help you understand how this subterfuge can come into your habits by a simple e-mail.

With our article, we want to make your life easier by avoiding this famous phishing campaign, and that you can enjoy your Netflix subscriptions safely, even confined.

A phishing targeting Netflix linked to Whatsapp

It is the American platform, Armorblox, specializing in cybersecurity, which detected this phishing campaign via suspicious emails. The company is an expert in digitally securing emails and applications, intelligently protecting individual identities and data loss.

According to information provided by specialists, this new phishing campaign particularly targets Netflix subscribers via e-mail. Fraudsters therefore send messages with the platform’s official support to encourage users to “update” their data within 24 hours. The message takes the form of a final closure of the account, if the subscriber does not agree to it.

The scam looks like a well-crafted manipulation, using other platforms like the Whatsapp messaging system. Several people have received an offer offering a 2-month free Netflix Premium subscription, because of confinement. And you will get 2 months of free Premium Netflix wherever you are.

The aim of the hackers is to intercept your identity, to steal your connection data, as well as the banking data linked to your account.

A fake site to reassure you

In case you receive such messages and click on them, hackers direct you to Google Play Store, a platform that reassures with a CAPTCHA. As soon as we downloaded the application, a dummy site presents itself with a beautiful visual with the Netflix logo, and the usual menu on the home page.

Well known in the world of piracy, it clones the HTML code of a page to host the site in a legitimate domain. Having the appearance similar to Netflix, the fraudsters thus get all the data inserted by the subscribers.

After acquiring the useful information for the scam, login, banking and other data, the bogus application redirects the user to the official Netflix website.

The reflexes to adopt to circumvent the scam

To avoid this kind of well-mastered scam, here are the right things to do to protect your Netflix account and bank details:

  • If you receive this type of message, check the source of your e-mails, and the same for the URL of the sites you open. The bogus app plays with your reactions to the simplicity, so don’t click on it as soon as the message offers too tempting offers.
  • If the name of the app is FlixOnline and does not start with “https://www.netflix.com”, you can transfer it to “[email protected]” without having to click on the link or open a room attached.

Last I heard, Google has already taken action, and they have removed the app from the Google Play Store.

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