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Georgia’s AG warns of romance and Netflix identity theft scams

Attorney General Chris Carr warns the public about scams targeting Netflix subscribers and users of online dating services, usually by email.

“Identity theft is rampant these days, with scammers always looking for opportunities to trick people into giving out their financial and personal information,” said Attorney General Carr. “As Valentine’s Day approaches, we are urging consumers to be on alert for these classic phishing scams.”

Netflix Scam

If you have a Netflix account, beware of an email circulating that purports to be from the streaming service. The email, which has been reported across the country and the United Kingdom, tells recipients that their account has been deactivated because the company could not validate billing information.  According to reports, the recipient is encouraged to click on a link to a fake Netflix site where consumers are prompted to enter their financial information. The scammers can use this information to commit fraud.

To avoid this and other phishing scams:

Reporting phishing scams:

Romance Scam

This Valentine’s Day, watch out for scammers who are only interested in your money, not your heart.

Here’s how these scams typically work.  Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people.  They profess their love early on, even though they have never met you. They encourage you to communicate with them via email, phone or IM, rather than through the online dating site, so that the dating service won’t have a record of the conversation. They often claim to be traveling, living or working abroad to explain why they are unable to meet in person. Once they have your romantic interest and your trust, they make up stories about how they urgently need money and ask you to wire it to them. Your money disappears, along with your new romantic partner.

Tips to avoid romance scams: