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Scam alert: Text offering a free year of Netflix collecting private information

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Get a text offering a free year of Netflix? The general rule of thumb on offers: if it sounds too good to be true, it's a shameless scam.

Reports of text messages offering a year-long subscription of Netflix have been increasing over the past few weeks, non-profit organisation the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has stated from its Scam Tracker.

The text messages use COVID-19 as its excuse to offer the subscription, which is a low blow seeing as many staying indoors are using streaming services such as Netflix a lot more often. Texts would read, "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." 

The link will send victims to a website not run by Netflix, asking for private information to sign up. It steals private information, with some entering their bank details and having money stolen by being charged numerous times.

BBB has issued an alert due to the recent numerous reports from in Scam Tracker, where anyone can issue a report about a potential scam. Spot one? Head right over to the BBB site.

In terms of making sure if a deal is good true or not (tip: they usually are), it's recommended to check the web address of the linked website compared to originals. Check for the same address, and if it's still sketchy, be sure to contact the official address of the company. 

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.