If you receive a text or email offering you a free Netflix subscription due to COVID-19, ignore it, as it’s a scam. While that may sound like common sense to most of you, there will be people out there who fall for the promise of a free Netflix subscription.
While most of us are stepping up during this time of crisis, some are seeing it as an opportunity to scam people out of their money and/or personal information. And the latest scam doing the rounds is a message offering free passes for Netflix.
A Netflix Scam Is Doing the Rounds
As first reported by Business Insider, people have been receiving messages claiming that Netflix is giving away “free passes”. The messages claim that this is “due to the coronavirus pandemic,” with Netflix keen to help people isolating at home.
This is absolutely untrue, and Netflix is NOT giving away free passes. No such promotion exists, and it doesn’t matter how legitimate the message may appear to be. Some companies are offering some content for free, but Netflix is not one of them.
2010: Netflix and Chill.
2020: Netflix and Quarantine.
— Eduardo Salles (@sallesino) March 20, 2020
On the contrary, Netflix is one of the few companies likely to do well out of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are subscribing to streaming services in their droves as they’re looking for things to do while they’re locked down or quarantined at home.
Use Your Common Sense to Detect Scams
As with most scams, common sense is key. Look for dodgy URLs, typos, and offers that are clearly too good to be true. As this one is. Given that subscriptions are on the rise Netflix is hardly likely to give away free passes, coronavirus or otherwise.
OK, so you’re not going to get Netflix for free, but we still think Netflix is worth paying for. If you want to see proof of this, be sure to cast your eye over our guide to becoming a Netflix pro . This contains all of the tips, tricks, and recommendations you’ll need.
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