Over the last few weeks, I have received emails that looked legitimate but instead were attempting to steal my information. For the unsuspecting person, these emails may seem like they were real and simply asking to update billing information. When looking into the emails further there were a few signs that something was not right. If you receive an email like this, here are some steps you can take to verify that it is actually real or a scam.
The first email I had received came from Netflix. The subject read “Update Your Payment Method” and it was informing me that the company was struggling to authorize my credit card for payment. It told me to verify my payment method at netflix.com/YourAccountPayment and if the payment did not go through, I should contact my credit card company. The email had the Netflix logo, the web address seemed legitimate since it did say netflix.com, and it came from a seemingly Netflix email address. Looking at the email further, it revealed everything is not as it seems and this email was not from Netflix at all. (more…)