For as long as money existed, there have been people have tried to steal it from others. From muggings to train robberies, to bank heists, to email scams, there will always be someone trying to figure out how to take money from other people. And as technology has increased and grown more complex, so have the means that people use to steal. From white collar fraud schemes to theft of people’s personal data, a number of new methods technology has given criminals an ever-growing toolbox. In today’s data-reliant age, people must always be aware of the security risks around them, and what can be done about them. According to the defense attorneys Kohler, Hart, and Powell, one of the most common sources of fraud is to use a stolen identity to trick someone into giving up money.
This is what has happened recently with a scam involving fake Netflix accounts. We’ve all encountered spam before- easily noticeable, flashy, full of weird language and laughable claims about what they can do for us. Those are the easy sorts of frauds to notice. Most of us just move them into the garbage bin and move on, or let the automatic spam filters now built into almost every email service take care of it for us. But internet frauds have been getting more and more sophisticated over the years. One of the most common scams, used in this Netflix scheme, is to send emails to people pretending to be a commonly used company. They will say that, due to some sort of mistake, some of your personal information has been lost or is now insecure. According to them, you will need to send them your information to re-verify it.
The emails often look almost exactly like they have been sent from the company, and will usually have fake websites associated with them in which people are supposed to enter their information. You need to keep a sharp eye out if you want to keep your information search. Whenever you get an unexpected email from a service you use, especially ones involving money, check to make sure that it looks fully legitimate. Some things to watch out for are inaccurate URLs and missing watermarks from the companies. Even you suspect that something may be a scam, delete it. If you’re unsure if you should take action or not, you can call the actual company to confirm the information in the email with them. If the company says they didn’t send anything, don’t answer the email! You have to always stay vigilant. It may seem tiring at times, and often information security measures can appear to be excessive or unnecessary. But the consequences of losing control of your personal information can be devastating, especially in the increasingly tech-reliant world we live in. One wrong step can easily result in your identity and money being stolen by fraudsters. So be sure to stay safe whenever you’re using the internet.