The department has posted a notice to its social media account showing a picture of the offending email in question.
The message, entitled "Your suspension notification," purports to be a cancellation notice from the streaming service Netflix. The email asks the recipient to click a link in the text in order to reactivate their account.
(Edgartown Police Department)
Police urge anyone who receives an email like this to not open any attached links, and to move it to your SPAM folder.
According to internet security company Norton, this is not the first time scammers have tried to use Netflix as a cover for gaining access to user information. The company says at the end of 2019 the same scam reached some 110 million subscribers.
Norton says some of the tell-tale signs of a phishing scam are "typographical and punctuation errors," for example to use of "48hours." Norton noted that the email does have "a strong semblance to a real Netflix landing page," and said its best to go directly to your Netflix accounts using the legitimate web page instead of clicking any links in the email.
Netflix also has several tips on how to keep your account safe.