September 28, 2021

Covid-19 fraud alert: Wicklow Netflix users targeted in new email scam

Gardai have urged Wicklow Netflix subscribers to beaware of a new scam in which fraudsters attempt to illegally obtain personal banking or credit card details.

The scammers are emailing people across the country urging them to “update” their personal Netflix accounts with banking details, which they then use to target the users’ accounts.

Gardai stress this is “a fake email” and any financial information disclosed will be used to commit fraud offences, including account take over, where bank accounts are taken over and all funds are withdrawn.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, urged the public never to reveal their personal banking or credit card details in response to unsolicited emails, text messages, SMS messages or phone calls.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lordan said: “Where a person is concerned at contact from what appears to be a genuine entity such as Netflix or their Bank, they should look up that entity independently and make contact to check if this contact is genuine.”

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