Beware of free Netflix passes messages, it’s a scam | HT Tech

Beware of free Netflix passes messages, it’s a scam

Scamsters are trying to steal your private information by sending fake messages claiming to offer free Netflix passes.

By: HT CORRESPONDENT
| Updated on: Mar 25 2020, 18:04 IST
The message is followed by a link where users are asked to join a survey in order to avail the free Netflix pass.
The message is followed by a link where users are asked to join a survey in order to avail the free Netflix pass. (Pixabay)

Cyber criminals are finding new techniques to target users staying indoors following the Covid-19 lockdown. The latest in the scams doing the rounds is free Netflix passes. Some users are getting messages with a link to click and avail free Netflix subscription. Evidently, it's a scam.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that the company wasn't running any free subscription or passes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

You may be interested in

MobilesTablets Laptops
7% OFF
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • Black Titanium
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Storage
Google Pixel 8 Pro
  • Obsidian
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage
34% OFF
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G
  • Green
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 256 GB Storage
Apple iPhone 15 Plus
  • Black
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage

The website reported the contents of the scam message which reads "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are giving away totally free access to our platform for the period of isolation, until the virus is contained."

Also read
Looking for a smartphone? To check mobile finder click here.

The message is followed by a link where users are asked to join a survey in order to avail the free Netflix pass.

Once a user completes the survey, he's asked to share the link with 10 contacts on WhatsApp to "activate", reports TNW. The malicious website also has a Facebook-lookalike comments section featuring testimonials to vindicate the claim. Of course, these are fake.

Users are strongly recommended not to fall for such scams. Anyway, do not click on any link shared by unknown numbers.

As said earlier, hackers are targeting the Covid-19 and a big interest around it through various means. According to a recent CheckPoint report, there's been a 50% growth in the number of Covid-19 related domains on the web. Most of these domains are malicious and suspected.

ALSO READ: 5 things you shouldn't search about coronavirus

Just recently, researchers came across an application called CovidLock. The free to download on Google Play Store claimed to provide information on the coronavirus. The app installed ransomware on the phones. There are also plenty of fake coronavirus tracking sites which aim to steal your private information.

Catch all the Latest Tech News, Mobile News, Laptop News, Gaming news, Wearables News , How To News, also keep up with us on Whatsapp channel,Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

First Published Date: 25 Mar, 17:01 IST
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS