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Con Artists Impersonating Netflix to Collect Private Information - BBB

Newyork.cbslocal.com reported on 14th April, 2014 stating a recent warning by Better Business Bureau (BBB) as "Scammers claiming to work with Netflix, a well-known American video-streaming service, could try to steal your personal information."

Actually BBB is a nonprofit organization focused on advanced marketplace trust with headquarter in Virginia, United States.

Abclocal.go.com published a report on 27th March, 2014 quoting Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois as saying "Netflix has a good reputation and scammers are taking full advantage of that."

Newyork.cbslocal.com published a report on 14th April, 2014 stating that Jerome Segura, Internet Security Expert working for Malwarebytes, recently investigated a rip-off targeting patrons of the renowned video-streaming service.

Segura said that it is a phishing scam combined with a tech-support swindle.

He investigated the scam with the help of a computer without personal information and by recording the interaction on his screen.

Victims get a spam email or a pop up that directs them to a bogus log-in page of Netflix which looks genuine but it is just a front to collect data. The victim then gets a notice which informs him that Netflix has temporarily suspended his account and he can call a tech support if he wants assistance.

Once he calls that number, a scammer posing as worker of Netflix promises to solve the problem and instructs him to grant distant access to his computer.

Consumerist.com reported on 14th April, 2014 quoting expert as saying "I had set up bogus banking sheets on the desktop and they were taken as we were communicating." However he (expert) hang-up mid-way the moment the scammer requested for credit card details which you should also do if you get that far.

Ever since then the website is down.

Newyork.cbslocal.com published a report on 14th April, 2014 quoting a Spokesperson of Netflix as saying that the company is aware of the scam and thinks that it is no longer active.

However, number of people targeted by the scam wasn't disclosed.

In lieu of the scam, computer experts once again advised Internauts to be careful before granting anybody remote access to their PCs.

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