This Disney Plus Scam Is After Your Bank Info

by | March 1, 2023 | Cybersecurity News

A newly discovered Disney Plus scam is phishing for your banking information, using an e-mail with a very eye-catching hook: a ‘technical incident’ warning. Here’s what you should be looking out for to stay safe.

The Disney Plus Scam Uses The Oldest Tricks In The Book (of Phishing)

The phishing campaign is spreading via malicious e-mails pretending to come from the streaming platform. They are designed to trick Disney Plus users into entering their sensitive information on sites that are in no way connected with the service.

The phishers are luring subscribers to sketchy websites where they can steal valuable banking information by creating a sense of panic. Their approach uses one of the oldest phishing tricks – creating a sense of panic or urgency by telling the potential victim that their subscription could not be renewed due to a ‘technical incident’.

This is a tactic that attackers commonly use, designed to panic the victim into updating their ‘billing information’, under threat of the streaming service being withdrawn.

Disney Plus Scam uses phishing emails

Clicking on the link attached in the e-mail will redirect you to a website that will prompt you to fill in your sensitive personal information – your bank details.

If you do enter and submit the requested info, you’ll have given highly important information to the bad guys, which is exactly what they’re crossing their fingers for.

How To Spot A Disney Plus Fake Email

Creating a sense of emergency and/or panic is a very frequently used phishing email strategy. If you receive an email out of the blue that asks you to take a certain action immediately, keep your cool and take your time to analyze the email thoroughly. 

Check the address the message was sent from, and hover your mouse over the URL contained in it – if anything looks suspicious, for instance, it’s displaying a website that doesn’t look like the official Disney+ URL, which is, proceed with caution. Do not click on it and double-check with Disney Plus instead, using a form of contact listed on their official website.

Alternatively, you can also log into your Disney Plus account separately, away from the suspicious email, and check if something is up.

Disney states that it will never contact its users via social media, email, text, or phone call asking for payment or your private account credentials, such as a password or payment information.

A Disney Plus representative said: “We encourage people to remain vigilant online, and to refer to our Disney+ Help Center for more information on phishing and ways to keep your account secure.” 

Red Flags In Any Phishing Email

If the email you’ve received…

  • Repeatedly asks you to take an urgent action
  • Has spelling and/or grammar errors
  • Opens with an unfamiliar greetings
  • Comes from an unfamiliar address
  • Contains suspicious links, attachments, and domain names
  • Brings you too-good/bad-to-be-true offers or information
  • Requests Sensitive Data

…there’s a very high chance you’re being phished.

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by Diana Panduru

Content writer for Attack Simulator. Passionate about all things writing and cybersecurity, and obsessed with driving. I sometimes indulge in pencil drawing, poetry, and cooking for fun.

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