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  • Netflix(NEW YORK) -- An email scam has been specifically targeting Netflix's millions of subscribers, threatening to suspend their accounts if they don’t update their billing information.The email asks its readers to click the link, leading them to a fake Netflix homepage and prompting them to enter their private information, according to MailGuard, an Australian cybersecurity firm. Netflix said it is aware of the ongoing scam, adding that the company takes security seriously and has measures in place to detect fraudulent activity.“Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information,” Netflix said in a statement to ABC News.The company said it will never ask for any personal information to be sent over email and advised its subscribers to be careful of phishing emails that lead to false websites.The phishing scam invites victims to use the fake online form to enter their address, driver’s license number, credit card details and more, said MailGuard.“Scammers can make their fake emails and bogus websites look pretty convincing, so it’s always a good idea to check carefully that the email comes from the actual company domain and not a scammer,” advised MailGuard on their company blog.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The holidays are coming up fast, but it’s not too late to score some big savings on travel. FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney said that if you want some of the “cheapest airfare prices of the year,” pick those off-peak times before Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s “roughly the first two weeks of November, and the first two weeks of December,” Seaney said.But don’t wait to buy -- those ticket deals are available now for both domestic and international travel.Why are deal zone fares so cheap? Seaney said it’s down to supply and demand. “Most people don’t want to fly during the deal zones. They want to fly at Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s,” Seaney said. “Because of the steep demand for travel during these holidays, prices rise steeply, too. They then plunge when travel slacks off as it does in early November and early December.”If you’re looking for warm temperatures and sunny skies, this deal might not be for you. But for many, the advantages outweigh the need to bundle up.“If all you care about is savings, well, it doesn’t get much better than this,” Seaney said. “There are other advantages, too: smaller (or nonexistent) crowds, which means easier access to major attractions and even restaurants. Plus, there are shorter lines at airport security and, in some hotels, cheaper room prices.”If the timing just doesn’t work for you, though, don’t worry. Seaney said the next deal zone is just around the corner in January. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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