Life Tech MovieFlix is the latest scam to con Australians

MovieFlix is the latest scam to con Australians

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A sophisticated scam pretending to be a new streaming service is duping Australians. Photo: Getty
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The phrase “don’t believe everything you see on the internet” has come into play again, as the consumer watchdog revealed a new streaming platform was actually a sophisticated scam.

This week, an advertisement on Facebook declared droves of Australians had made the switch from Netflix to the newly created MovieFlix.

The ad then links to an article on a fake news website, dated barely a week ago, that tells readers how good the service is, offers Facebook comments from happy customers, and even includes a “still” from a news bulletin. It then prompts people to sign up – using their credit card details.

Seems legitimate, right? But every tab leads to the same page trying to get you to sign up to ‘MovieFlix’. 

It was picked up by Western Australia’s consumer protection department, then by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch team.

The ACCC confirmed to AAP that it had received several reports that people had fallen prey to the scam, and handed over their details.

A free account … Where you have to hand over your finance details.

It is a website that has done the rounds overseas before hitting Australia, including in Europe, the US and Canada. It has also been spotted in New Zealand.

A Netflix spokeswoman told AAP internet scammers often targeted popular brands with large customer bases, to lure users into giving out personal information.

-with AAP

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