2 min read

Free Netflix pass because of Coronavirus? It's a scam

Graham CLULEY

March 24, 2020

Free Netflix pass because of Coronavirus? It's a scam

The public is being warned about fraudulent messages being shared on social media platforms that Netflix is offering free passes to its platform because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The messages, which have been seen spread across social networking sites and via WhatsApp, urge recipients to act quickly to secure their free pass.

“Due to the CoronaVirus pandemic worldwide, Netflix is giving some free pass for their platform during the period of isolation. Run on the site cause it will end quick.”

An identical scam has also been seen spreading in Spanish.

The scams point unsuspecting users to a website called netflix-usa[dot]net. The domain, registered by an opportunistic scammer just six days ago, does not belong to the real Netflix.

However, users eager to take up what they believe to be a free offer might be tempted to click on the link, and fooled by the look-and-feel of the website.

The website asks visitors to answer a few questions about how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic, before telling them they have “won” and that they need to share the message with ten of their contacts in order to receive their free pass.

Of course, there is no free pass for Netflix. And all you have done is forward the scam onto others in your friend group, potentially exposing them to risk at the hands of scammers.

The risk is that the fraudsters behind the bogus campaign may attempt to trick those who sign-up with further communications, perhaps attempting to trick them into sharing personal information or downloading malicious code to their devices.

So, sorry. Although some (ahem) specialist interest websites are offering free access to those locked down by Coronavirus, Netflix isn’t one of them.

If you receive a scam message from one of your online friends about the bogus Netflix offer then the best advice is to tell them that they have been fooled, and delete the message. The last thing you should do is forward it to your friends.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

Ultimate Privacy Guide for Your Facebook Account

Ultimate Privacy Guide for Your Facebook Account

August 31, 2021

6 min read
7 Signs It’s Time to Use Parental Controls On Your Family’s Devices

7 Signs It’s Time to Use Parental Controls On Your Family’s Devices

August 27, 2021

2 min read
Your Netflix Account May Be on Sale on Darkweb. Protect It

Your Netflix Account May Be on Sale on Darkweb. Protect It

August 13, 2021

3 min read
E-mails claiming your computer was hacked and your privacy exposed - what you need to know (spoiler: you can relax - they’re bluffing)

E-mails claiming your computer was hacked and your privacy exposed - what you need to know (spoiler: you can relax - they’re bluffing)

July 29, 2021

5 min read
Watch Out for These Ongoing Bank of America Phishing Campaigns Targeting Customers in the US

Watch Out for These Ongoing Bank of America Phishing Campaigns Targeting Customers in the US

July 16, 2021

3 min read
How to protect yourself against cyberstalking

How to protect yourself against cyberstalking

July 06, 2021

2 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Microsoft Drops Password Authentication for Most Products Microsoft Drops Password Authentication for Most Products
Silviu STAHIE

September 16, 2021

1 min read
Apple Rolls Out Urgent Patch for Zero-Day Flaws in iOS, macOS and watchOS Apple Rolls Out Urgent Patch for Zero-Day Flaws in iOS, macOS and watchOS
Filip TRUȚĂ

September 14, 2021

2 min read
WhatsApp Users Get Option to Encrypt Backups WhatsApp Users Get Option to Encrypt Backups
Silviu STAHIE

September 13, 2021

1 min read