A new scam circulating on WhatsApp this Thursday (19) promises Netflix for free during the isolation and quarantine period to prevent the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The fake message says that it releases access to the streaming service after the user makes the supposed free registration on Netflix through the indicated link, which is not official and potentially malicious. According to an analysis by dfndr lab, a laboratory specializing in digital security at PSafe, the address of the coup has more than 1 million hits and shares.
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There are no official Netflix records for free during the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on other similar scams, it is possible to conclude that the objective of cybercriminals is to make money from fraudulent advertisements or steal data from users, in a scam known as phishing.
WhatsApp scam promises Netflix free during coronavirus isolation Photo: Rubens Achilles / TechTudo
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Netflix decided to grant access to its movie and series platform for the period of isolation of people, but for a short time the registration! Run at https://netflix-usa.net/
According to Google Trends, a tool that monitors Internet searches, the search for terms such as "netflix isolation", "netflix frees access" and "netflix free" has increased suddenly over the past 24 hours. On Twitter, users also reacted to false information, see some posts at the end of the story.
Google Trends shows peak search for "netflix isolation" Photo: Reproduo / Google Trends
Netflix offers online tools to detect scams with the streaming company's name. When you suspect an alleged offer from Netflix, you can check the veracity on the official website (netflix.com/signup/planform), which lists the plans available on the platform.
Telephone assistance is available on 0800 761 4631 from 8 am to 11 pm (Brasília time). Subscribers can also follow the tips on the service's security page (netflix.com/security), in the event of strange movement on the Netflix account.
Scams take advantage of the new coronavirus
Other fake messages circulating on WhatsApp take advantage of the new coronavirus pandemic to deceive users. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Covid-19 outbreak brought an infodemia of misinformation, due to the exaggerated amount of news on the subject. Therefore, it is important to question messages sent on WhatsApp, as they may be rumors.
the case of a text that promises free distribution of more than 1 million units of gel alcohol produced by Ambev, with a link for registration. The brewer will actually donate the product to public hospitals, but the address with the alleged information is fake and resembles a phishing scam.
In a statement on the official page on Facebook, the company clarified that the current on WhatsApp about Ambev distribute fake gel alcohol. The product will actually be delivered to public hospitals in So Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia for internal use by health workers.
There are also text records offering free diagnostics for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, with verification forms or alleged free consultations with doctors via WhatsApp. The links that accompany the messages are fake and also have the potential to steal data from users.
In times of crisis, it is common to increase the circulation of fake news and false currents through social networks. According to the director of the dfndr lab Emilio Simoni, it is important to doubt texts that do not accompany links to official sources of health agencies, such as the WHO or the Ministry of Health, or news of vehicles known to the press.
When accessing pages to enter personal data, it is important to verify that the address starts with the HTTPS code, which has an extra layer of security than HTTP. It is also always valid to keep an antivirus installed on your cell phone, keep the operating system up to date and take extra care when using public Wi-Fi networks.
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@NetflixBrasil its beautiful … There is a link on WhatsApp saying that netflix is ??available for free for the isolation period. Proceed? Look at the message. Netflix decided to release access to its movie and series platform for the period of isolation from people, but
– March 19, 2020
Netflix to stay for free during these days would be good msm !!
– March 13, 2020