Fake Netflix email attacks subscribers' personal and credit information

Posted November 07, 2017

According to a blog post from the security company MailGuard, scammers are sending out scarily convincing emails that appear to be from Netflix.

The email looks like it's from Netflix and claims the users account with the streaming service will be canceled, Mailguard warned.

There is also a link that takes subscribers to a fake Netflix page seeking login information and a credit card number, according to MailGuard, a global SaaS email and web security company.

Users are encouraged to give their log-in details and their credit card info in order to prevent their account from being suspended.

As a result, the greeting on the email reads "Hi, #name#", a dead giveaway that the email didn't come straight from Netflix.

This works like a mail-merge; the body of the email is generic, but the sender field is created to show the name of the intended victim, which personalises the scam making it more convincing.

Deadline reports 110 million Netflix users have been targeted by the phishing emails that prompt them to update account information. This form is fake and will be used to steal your information. 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.

The fake websites involved use the Netflix logo and images from shows like "The Crown" and "House of Cards" to make them seem more legitimate, Deadline said.

Have you received the email from the fraudsters?

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