FTC: Don’t Get Fooled by the Netflix Phishing Scam

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Scammers use your information to steal your money, your identity, or both. Scammers often use familiar company names or pretend to be someone you know. Here’s a real world example featuring Netflix. — This article originally was published on the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information blog. Colleen Tressler is a consumer education specialist with the FTC. Police in Ohio shared a screenshot of a phishing email designed to steal personal information.

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Two Identity Theft Tricks You Should Know: Spear Phishing and Caller I.D. Spoofing

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“I’m calling from [pick any bank]. Someone’s been using your debit card ending in 2345 at [pick any retailer]. I’ll need to verify your Social Security number — which ends in 8190, right? — and full debit card information so we can stop this unauthorized activity…”

So the caller ID shows the name of your bank. And the caller knows some of your personal details.