At least $12,500 lost to Netflix phishing scams in July

The police said people should take precautions when they receive e-mails claiming to be from trusted sources like Netflix. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Phishing scams involving spoof e-mails from Netflix are emerging again, with at least five people falling victim to the ruse in July, said the police.

In a statement on Monday (July 18), police said the total losses from the scams have added up to at least $12,500.

In the scam, victims would first receive e-mails, allegedly from trusted sources such as Netflix, containing a link to renew subscriptions.

Upon clicking on the links, victims would be redirected to phishing websites where they would be asked to provide their credit or debit card details and one-time passwords or OTP.

Victims would realise they have been scammed only when they discover unauthorised transactions that were made using their credit or debit card.

The police said people should take precautions when they receive similar e-mails claiming to be from trusted sources like Netflix.

That would include ensuring that the e-mail domain matches the merchant requesting for payment, and checking if the website link appears dubious.

Screenshots of phishing e-mails from Netflix with “@xtra.co.nz” domain. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

The police added that people should follow crime prevention measures such as not clicking on links provided in unsolicited e-mails and text messages, verifying the authenticity of the information with the official website or sources, and not disclosing personal or Internet banking details and OTP to anyone.

People should also report any fraudulent credit or debit card charges to the respective banks and cancel their card immediately, the statement added.

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