The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office is warning Netflix subscribers of emails that are part of a phishing scam.

In a post on the department's Facebook page, the sheriff's office told of a sophisticated scam involving Netflix subscribers. The email tells the customer that their Netflix billing information needs to be updated because it's become invalid, and offers a link to the billing department. Officials say, if you click on that link, it will take you to a page that looks authentic, but it's a 'spoofed' or fake copy of the original page.

It directs the customer to fill out things like their first and last name, date of birth, billing address, the name on the credit card, the card number, expiration date, and security code. Once the information is completed, a screen pops up that says the customer's membership has been reactivated. It all looks very professional and authentic, but deputies say it's a fake. And anyone who completes it will be handing over their financial information to crooks.

If you receive one of these emails, officials advise just deleting it. And if you're still concerned about the validity of your account, send an email to the proper Netflix customer service department. Netflix advises on its website that anyone who thinks they've received a phishing email should forward it to them and delete the email.

Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam should change their Netflix password and alert their bank or credit card company immediately.

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