Warning issued over Netflix phishing scam which has targeted millions worldwide

07 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Valerie Burke
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The email looks like it's from Netflix and claims the users account with the streaming service will be canceled, Mailguard warned. If the recipient clicks the link in the email they are taken to a fake Netflix page, that asks them to log in and then enter their personal information, including credit card details.

"Of course, this website is completely bogus and is just a mechanism for the scammers to steal the victim's identity and credit card information", the site wrote.

According to Mailguard, the Netflix email scam works like mail-merge, where the body of the mail is generic, but the sender field is created to show the name of the targeted user, giving a strong and convincing look to the email.

If you're a Netflix subscriber and you got an email saying that your account was about to be suspended, don't open it, and definitely don't give away any personal details.

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In its Help Centre, Netflix states they "will never ask for payment information to be sent to [them] over email". "If you're unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over the link to see where it directs in which you can see the real linked web address at the bottom of most browsers", the company says.

Once the fake website has collected all the sensitive data the scammers want, the victim is shown a reassuring "reactivation" screen.

The "well-designed" and "convincing" email scam was first detected on Friday by Australian cybersecurity company MailGuard and is specifically aimed at the more than 110 million Netflix customers around the world.

Have you received the email from the fraudsters?

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