Many of us have become experts at spotting scams over the years, whether the scammers try to get us through texts, emails, phone calls, or viral tweets and Facebook posts.
But every once in awhile, even the most careful user falters and clicks a bad link or opens an email they shouldn’t have. So before you become a victim of the latest coronavirus scam, know that Netflix is not offering any sort of promotion related to the viral pandemic.
After reports began to circulate on Monday from Twitter users who claimed they received messages about free Netflix passes, a spokesperson for Netflix reached out to Business Insider and confirmed that there is no promotion running at the moment. If you’ve never used Netflix before, you will get a free month of service when you sign up for the first time, but this has nothing to do with the virus and won’t be advertised to you in a text message.
This is the message at least one person received containing a phishing link (that we have not included):
Due to the CoronaVirus pandemic worldwide, @netflix is giving free passes for their platform during the period of isolation. Run on the site cause it will end quick!
The broken English is a fairly obvious red flag, but if I don’t have Netflix or a friend who will share their account and I see this link while mindlessly scrolling on Twitter, I might click it without thinking. But now you know that it’s fake and that no one is offering you a free Netflix subscription, including Netflix itself. If you want to stream Stranger Things or Narcos, you’re going to have to get an account the old-fashioned way.