Netflix, Birdbox & Email Scams

Unless you’re living on another planet, you’ve probably heard about the new Netflix thriller Birdbox, featuring Sandra Bullock (and a scary monster you never actually see). Don’t tell us what happens — we haven’t seen it yet. But apparently, over 45 million people have. Unfortunately, the massive win for Netflix has been the perfect setup for the bad guys.

The FTC has issued a warning about a new phishing scam that targets Netflix customers and snatches up their payment information. The fake email looks like the real deal from Netflix and warns customers that their account is on hold due to billing issues. No matter how much you want to watch Mrs. Bullock, don’t do it! Netflix says it will never ask for personal information to be sent via email and suggest logging onto its website if you suspect that there might actually be a billing issue. Be safe. . . and watch out for the monsters!