Netflix users, watch out for billing scam in your email

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Well, talk about “Stranger Things”…

If you are one of the almost 110 million Netflix subscribers around the world, you should pay very close attention to an email “from” Netflix in which the video-streaming giant purports to need you to validate your billing information.

Because the email is a scam.

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An Australian cybersecurity company called MailGuard took to the internet in a blog post to describe the fraudulent emails as appearing last Friday. The emails look like they are from Netflix, appear to be on official Netflix letterhead, and say your account is being suspended because the company was unable to verify your billing information.

Netflix told USA Today that the emails are fake, and don’t come from the company. In order to verify any emails about billing or other information, Netflix said one could put their cursor over whatever link is in the note and see the real address at the bottom of their browser.

In other words, if you get a note like this from Netflix, or anyone else, don’t just go clicking on any links inside. If you really think there’s a problem with your Netflix bill, go to your Netflix account page and see if all your information is still there. Or contact customer service.

Or just delete the thing and go back to watching “Stranger Things.” If Netflix has cut you off, you won’t be able to stream the show. Problem solved.

Photo: The Netflix series “Stranger Things” is featured in this image from the company. (Courtesy Netflix)

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Netflix users, watch out for billing scam in your email