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7 Netflix Subscription Scams During COVID-19: How They Work

(updated May 6, 2020) The great popularity that Netflix has achieved with its convenient service has also attracted scammers who want to take advantage of it, especially during the pandemic. There is an email going around these days claiming to be from Netflix, but is sent by scammers who use the network’s logo, graphics, and even layout to offer subscribers a new outstanding deal. From enjoying movies for free to account cancellations and free passes during COVID-19 crisis, criminals created a whole range of scams – especially the online form autofill phishing trap. But let’s dive into the Netflix dark side.

There are seven variants of the Netflix Subscription Scam email. How do they work?

1. Netflix Subscribers

Watch the video below to see a first variation of Netflix Scam exposed:

Netflix Scam In The News Video

In the first particular case, the text of the email reads: “We are allowing the first 25,000 subscribers to receive a special rate and lock in their current pricing for the next five years. Click here for this offer”.

Clicking the link will get you to fill in a form with all your banking and personal info, not to mention the link containing malware or other viruses.

2. Unable To Bill Your Subscription

In the second variation of the Netflix Scam, the victim receives an email with the Subject title: “Unable to Bill Your Subscription”. The content of the email is: “We’re unable to bill your subscription with the current payment method. To ensure the service will not be interrupted, you’ll need to update your card information. You can do this by clicking: Sign In to my account here [compromised link], then you will be prompted to update your card information.”

Needless to say, you won’t be paying the real Netflix, but the scammers impersonating the company.

3. Netflix Cancellation Scam

In the third variation of the scam, you receive an email from a “Netflix Club” with the subject title: “Your Netflix Membership Is About To Be Cancelled”. In the content of the email the ask you “please update your payment method. We are having problems authorizing your card”. See image below.

Then, an account login page is provided, just as seen in the main image of this article. The page looks absolutely identical to the real Netflix. Logging in, you do nothing but giving scammers the credentials for getting into your account, where you have your credit card information.

update your payment method on netflix

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4. Netflix Anniversary Membership

In the fourth variation of the scam, the email claims to offer a free subscription to Netflix for a year, as a 10 year anniversary of the company. Once you click the but red button and want to “Join Now”, you’ll be offering scammers all your personal information, which they can use for identity theft.

5. Google Calendar: Free Netflix For a Year

In this version of the scam, criminals use Google Calendar to send an unsolicited event that pops up in your calendar. The notification invites you to take a survey and get a “Free Netflix for a Year” subscription. How does the scam work?

The link takes you to a phishing website that steals your Netflix account credentials and credit card information. The good news is that the fake event pop up can be stopped by changing a default setting in Google Calendar. How do you do that? See below.

google calendar free netflix for a year

Open your Google Calendar settings HERE. Choose “Event Settings” on the left, then change the option that says “Automatically add invitations” to “No” to only show invitations to which you have responded. Finalize the process by scrolling down the page to “View Options” and uncheck the box that says “Show declined events“. This will prevent the Google Calendar from showing spam that you’ve declined.

6. Netflix Student Discount

This scam works very simple. Students are lured into believing that Netflix has a great offer for them, as long as they offer their student ID and all the personal data – to prove they are the ones needing the service. Obviously, the stealing of the information leads to identity theft.

There is no thing such as Netflix student discount, so beware.

7. Netflix Free Trial Without Credit Card

Based on the same template as presented in the student discount case, the tagline that scammers get their victim with is “Netflix free trial without credit card”. That would be nice, but no. It is is not possible.

Netflix Subscription Scam: How To Avoid

If not sure, go to the real Netflix’s official website and check for their amazing deals. Don’t click the link provided in the e-mail. If you take a closer look at the message received, you might see that the scammers’ e-mail comes from a domain name spelled Netfl1x, missing the letter “i” (photo).

Netflix Subscription: How To Report a Scammer

Make your family and friends aware of these Netflix scams by sharing this article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

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24 Comments

  1. paul says:

    here is what i got this morning, supposedly from Netflix Support. The subject title was "Account Update Netflix – Invoice #5:

    We’re sorry to say goodbye

    Hi,
    We’ve been notified that you disputed the charges for your Netflix membership for the payment method we have on file. We have cancelled your membership.
    Obviously we’d love to have you back. If you change your mind, simply restart your membership to enjoy all the best TV shows & movies without interruption.
    RESTART MEMBERSHIP
    If you have any questions we are here to help. Visit the Help Center for more info or contact us.
    Your friends at Netflix

  2. shh says:

    I received this email this morning. I have not had netflix in a while now. smh….

    "N.Service" <Netflix@bellaria.dk>

    We weren’t able to complete your last payment for your Netflix membership. We’ll try charging you again over the next couple of days, but if we aren’t able to complete a payment soon, you’ll lose access to Netflix.

    Update payment method now

    Need help? Contact support or visit our Help Center. Please do not reply to this email.

    View or make changes to your Netflix Red membership at any time. You’ll need a supported device and an Internet connection to stream videos or to save videos to watch offline.

    ©2017 Netflix, LLC 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
    You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Netflix product or account. View your email options in your Netflix account.

    Paid Service Terms of Service

  3. Ashlee says:

    I got an email this morning about getting a year free, knew it was fake straight away.
    Considering the email address was j1N8pUZV@messages.webmd.com

    Hi Ashlee,
    We’ve selected your e-mail adress to for this amazing opportunity to sign up for a year of Netflix for FREE! It’s quick and easy, just click on the link below and continue. We hope to have you as one of our lucky customers!

    – Your friends at Netflix.
    Sign up for FREE
    About Netflix
    Netflix has been leading the way for digital content since 1997

    Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

  4. Andrew says:

    Received last week.

    Si ce message ne s’affiche pas correctement, cliquez-ici

    FLIX MOVIES
    Hello,
    We can see in our system that you havent used our free offerfor 1 year of free movies directly from Flix Movies and TV series.
    If you want to use this offer you have 24 hours left, or this offer will get sent to another person.
    Click here yo claim your Flix account
    .
    Account Details
    Plan: FlixManic – 12 months all Movies and Series
    Original Price: 12 AUD/ Monthly
    Your Price: 0.00 AUD/ Monthy ( first 12 months)

    * Note that this invitation is valid only 24 hours upon receiving this message, so you are advised to make use of it now

    Pour vous désabonner, cliquez-ici

  5. boyd kodak says:

    Received an offer from Netflix Club email address limits.netflixgmca59275@8234fklk41dvpa.wc786-8378.tysxor.men
    It said I was selected to receive a year of netflixs for $1.

  6. Karen Janoski says:

    My email states Take Survey and get a yes free of Netflix

  7. Kathleen E Sinclair says:

    Thank you for this. I have many of these scam emails in my junk folder on my Mac. They seem to know it is a scam but I appreciate your information on this.

  8. kelly says:

    My email this morning 4/01/2019:

    Claim your 6 free Months of Netflix! Confirmation needed
    -Netflix
    to 91.P99j.inbox@amfd07.alpha-mail.net>

    With a very convincing Netflix page (besides the obvious spelling mistakes..choosen/streming) reading:

    NETFLIX

    Watch TV shows & movies
    anywhere, anytime

    Congratulations,
    You’ve been choosen for 6 Months FREE TRIAL
    Subscribe Now, No Credit Card Required

    Choose your device from the list below :

    SmartTvs
    Blu-ray Players
    Smartphones & Tablets
    PCs & Laptops
    Game Consoles
    Streming Media Players

  9. phophyu says:

    Free Scam

  10. Alisha Ross says:

    Netflix is the only option on this list without a free version, but Netflix is worth the $7.99 a month for instant streaming. My favorite part about watching anime on Netflix is that you can switch seamlessly between watching with Japanese audio and English subtitles to watching the dubbed version with English audio. Dubbed or subbed? You decide. Regards

  11. Guest says:

    I received a sms about 2 years free netflix the funny thing I have never used the number I got the sms on for netflix and haven’t had netfilx in years so the scammer are thinking of different ways to get that information.

  12. Karen Duffy says:

    I have recieved a text message saying I have won 2 years of free netflix. asking me to open a web page. Think that it is a pishing thing has anyone else had this.

  13. Jodie Lloyd says:

    I have just received a text message from “Team Netflix” stating that “You only have 1 day left to claim 2 years of Netflix free!” I checked here to find my suspicions were correct. Deleted!

  14. Sue Hili says:

    I also received a text message from Netflix4u on Wednesday 31/7/19 saying :Hi. You just WON 2 years Netflix and HBO content for free. Redeem your code here: http://m0d.me/U8V0 and again today 2/8/19 saying i. We still have your 2 Years FREE Netflix Code. You have 1 day left to redeem it. http://w9j.me/GLbM. Clearly its a scam!!!!

  15. Tumppu says:

    I received an invitation, well actually five of them to my Google Calendar, saying that I should click this link to have free Netflix for a year. And the offer is available only for three hours…

  16. Steve Causley says:

    Is Netflix and HBO honoring a free 2 years subscription?

  17. Jean says:

    I got this today, beware!!

    Your account on Hold

    We’re having some trouble with your current billing information. Would you like to retry running your card again?
    To keep your membership account active, just sign in and update your payment information.

    Continue Using Netflix ?
    Login to your account
    Restart your membership or update your payment information.
    Enjoy all the best TV shows & movies without interruption.

    For security, all your account services are disabled until response has been received from you.

    Please click "Update Payment Metode" button below to Continue Using Netflix..

    Authenticate now

    Thank you,
    Netflix

  18. Ken says:

    I received a text message saying I was # 1 in 77 selected to get free NetFlix for 1 years. I have a screen capture of the text, but I can’t include it on this comment page.

  19. Mion says:

    I received the Netflix Free Trial email too. Watch out!

  20. Peter says:

    Got the email too! Asked me to:
    Upgrade your account to get back to watching. We’re having some trouble with your current billing information. We’ll try again, but in the meantime you may want to update your payment details.

  21. Peter says:

    Is netflix giving away free subscription? NO, IT’s NOT people!!!

  22. Yolo says:

    is netflix giving 3 months free?

  23. Sarah Gonzales says:

    I am being sent messages saying my Netflix is cancelled and I need to update my account and when I get there no idea what I’m talking about, and then won’t accept my debit card information, they also offered a full free year of netflix

  24. Netflix email says:

    i also got an email from netflix today,with the subject title "payment failed charge". it says: please update your payment details.

    we’re having some trouble with your current billing information. we’ll try again, but in the meantime you may want to update your payment details.

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