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Grand Chute Police warn of scam using Netflix

Police department warns of Netflix phishing scam
Posted at 2:43 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 00:11:39-05

GRAND CHUTE (NBC 26) -- The Grand Chute Police Department is warning the public about a scam that uses Netflix to steal your banking information.

According to police, a scammer posing as Netflix will send you an email claiming that your Netflix account is in danger of being suspended unless you "verify" your billing information. The scam email will then point you towards a phony link that tricks you into providing your name, date of birth, address, phone number, and your banking information.

Police say there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from the scam:

1. Look for typographical and punctuation errors in the email.

2. Confirm the sender: Click on the downward arrow next to the sender’s name. This will show the full details.

3. Hover over links: This shows the full URLs. Check to see if they appear to be accurate.

4. Go directly to your account: Don’t click on links. Go directly to your account on the legitimate website to review your personal information and make any changes.

5. Use strong passwords: Passwords should use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Be sure not to reuse them on other websites. Change your passwords periodically.

6. Watch out for pressure tactics: Be cautious towards any email message that urges you to act quickly.