Gardaí have issued an alert over a new scam based around Netflix which aims to wipe people’s bank accounts.
The ‘fraud’ involves criminals trying to obtain the personal banking or credit details of people under the guise of a request to update personal Netflix accounts with banking and/or credit card details.
This is a fake email and gardaí have warned that 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be used to commit fraud offences, including account take over, where bank accounts are taken over and all funds are withdrawn.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 Pat Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau has warned the public to never reveal their personal banking or credit card details in response to unsolicited emails, text messages, SMS messages or phone calls.
People who are suspicious of contact from what appears to be a genuine entity such as Netflix or their Bank should look up that entity independently and make contact to check if this contact is genuine.
Detective Chief Superintendent Lordan is also urging the public to stop and think before releasing any personal data to persons unknown. “If in doubt, don’t do it,” is his advice.