Spotify Subscription Scam: How It Works
The great popularity that Spotify has reached with its convenient service has also attracted scammers who to take advantage of it. There is an email going around this week claiming to be from Spotify, sent by criminals who use the company's branding. Similar to the Netflix or the Pinterest scam, the Spotify one comes in a couple of variations. How do they work?
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In the first variation of the scam, the victim reveives an email with the Subject title: "Your subscription will be lost". The content of the email is: "We're unable to bill you. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's a problem with your preferred payment method. Follow these steps to help us fix the problem".
Then a Confirm Account button is provided. By clicking on it, you will be prompted to update your card information. Needless to say, you won't be paying the real Spotify, but the scammers impersonating the company.
In the second variant of the scam, you receive an email from a fake Spotify admin with the subject title: "Your Spotify 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".
Then, an account login page is provided. The page looks absolutely identical to the real Spotify. Logging in, you do nothing but giving scammers the credentials for getting into your account, where you have your credit card information.
In the third variant, the subject title of the email is "We Have Paused Your Subscription For Now". The body of the message says: "We're sad to see you go. We couldn't take your payment. Get Premium now". The email looks very official. If you click on the button provided you will be taken to a page that has Arabic titles (screenshot below), based in Morocco. Ignore and delete.
The Spotify Subscription Scam: How To Avoid
If it looks too convincing, go to the real Spotify official website and look at your account from there – see if you have any notifications. Don't click the link provided in the e-mail. Also, beware of the Free Spotify Premium Scam going around.
The Spotify Subscription Scam: How To Report
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