Warning issued over Netflix phishing scam which has targeted millions worldwide

Warning issued over Netflix phishing scam which has targeted millions worldwide

Mailguard noticed the malicious emails last week and posted a warning to its website.

According to the Mailguard Blog, there is an easy way to spot the scam: for whatever reason, while the email addresses of Netflix users were successfully acquired by the scammers, the first names of the users were not.

The fraud aims to gather personal information from Netflix's 110 million subscribers, according to USA Today.

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Deadline reported the scam targeted "millions" of subscribers.

In order to reduce your chances of being affected, Mr Marshall said filters for your inbox and a layered security system are vital to ensure you don't fall victim. The email claims that the target's Netflix account was suspended because of problems with billing information. It's enough information for a criminal to steal your identity and get access to your bank account.

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.

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Once the fake website has collected all the sensitive data the scammers want, the victim is shown a reassuring "reactivation" screen. "Obviously we'd love to have you back, simply click restart your membership to update your details and continue to enjoy all the best TV shows and movies without interruption".

The letter looks a valid email from the streaming company and convinces customers to update their information including personal and credit card information.

Always hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they're pointing to.

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