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Netflix ‘Trouble Authorizing Your Payment Method’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Image: © Depositphotos/Mactrunk

Online criminals are once again targeting Netflix customers via phishing scam emails.   

In this version, the scam email claims that Netflix is having trouble authorizing your payment method and you must click an “Update Now” button to “validate your informations”.

If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks for your Netflix login credentials as well as your credit card information and other personal details.

The criminals can collect the information you supply and use it to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.

Netflix phishing scam emails like this one are very common. If you receive such a message, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Netflix has published information about phishing scams and how to report them on its website.

An example of the scam email:

Netflix Phishing Scam



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer