- The Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker has received "numerous reports" about text message scams offering a free year of Netflix in recent weeks.
- Fraudulent text messages are being sent to victims with links to websites that aren't run by Netflix in an attempt to collect their private information.
- Some victims have entered credit card numbers and had money stolen from their bank accounts.
2020 is finally over, but we're all still doing our best to avoid crowds and stay safe as the pandemic rages on. As such, streaming services continue to have outsized importance as we count down the days until we can get back to normal, which is why you should be especially wary of offers for those services that seem too good to be true.
Last week, the Better Business Bureau issued an alert on its site about scams involving the top streaming service in the world. According to the BBB, numerous reports have been sent to the organization's Scam Tracker in recent days from people who received text messages from illegitimate sources about getting Netflix for free. Here's what one such text message that was forwarded to the BBB looks like: “Due to the pandemic, Netflix is offering everyone a free year of service to help you stay at home. Click the link to sign up.”
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If you get a text message for a free year of Netflix, you’re being scammed originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 20 Jan 2021 at 17:53:29 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.