WhatsApp users have been warned after a scam made the rounds claiming to be giving free Netflix subscriptions.
It seems that a new scam has made the rounds in the messaging service, but this time it’s hoping people will download an app.
Cybersecurity researchers came across the new message and app and discovered that it was “wormable malware” designed to steal private information.
The app was found on the Google Play Store This would allow hackers to steal your information.
The sun reports According to Check Point Research, the malware disguises itself as a malicious app called “FlixOnline”.
It is advertised through WhatsApp messages encouraging you to download the app for “2 months of Netflix Premium Free for 60 days free anywhere in the world”.
However, once you install it, the malware tries to steal your private information like login details and credit card numbers.
The malware is also used to check for incoming WhatsApp messages so it can send an automatic reply asking your friends to download the scam app too.
The Check Point researchers stated, “The app turned out to be a fake service that claims to allow users to view Netflix content from around the world on their phones.
“Rather than allowing the mobile user to view Netflix content, the application monitors a user’s WhatsApp notifications and sends automatic replies to a user’s incoming messages with content received from a remote server.”
The fully automatic message reads: “2 months of Netflix Premium Free for free For reasons of quarantine (CORONA VIRUS) * Get 2 months of Netflix Premium Free for 60 days worldwide for 60 months. Now HERE [Bitly link]. “
If you receive this or a similar message, you should delete it and under no circumstances should you click the link or download the app.