Streaming platforms are now even more popular due to the new coronavirus outbreak keeping people inside their homes. There are many fake Netflix and Disney+ sites out there, which trick people into believing them.
160 million subscribers are registered on Netflix. Only in recent weeks, the streaming service has increased its market value to a record $187.3 billion. This makes it more valuable than Disney. But Disney+ also benefits from the lockdown restrictions. With its launch in Europe, the number of subscribers doubled, and it has gotten to almost 50 million during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many fake sites try to get your money, claiming they’re the real deal. The sites look real, and they promise full access after a one-week trial. Here’s how to check if one site is fake or not.
How to spot fake Netflix and Disney+ sites
- The domain is weird – https://www.disneyplus.com and https://www.netflix.com are the real ones.
- There are spelling mistakes – We know that it could happen to anyone, but it’s unlikely that spelling and grammatical errors will be found on the official websites of famous companies. But fake websites might be full of them. Look for poorly translated texts, as well.
- Unrealistic offer – Neither Netflix nor Disney+ are free. They do have seven days or a month trial period, but that’s all. You will need to pay for them. So don’t believe streaming platforms telling you that it’s all free.
- Restricted payment methods – You can pay for Netflix through PayPal. This is also the case for Disney+.
Fake Netflix and Disney+ sites
Fake websites only want one thing: your credit card information. They only have this payment method, and it is not safe. If someone has your expiration date and verification code and card number, they can create severe damage to your financial state.
Carl Warn, from E-Crime at Mimecast, stated: “These spoof websites [fake Netflix and Disney+ sites] often lure unsuspecting members of the public in with an offer of free subscriptions to steal valuable data. The data harvested includes names, addresses, and other personal information, as well as stealing credit card details for financial gain.”