Netflix Email Scam Targets Millions Of Subscribers

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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.

"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 to make it more convincing", Mailguard's tech expert Emmanuel Marshall wrote in a blog post.

MailGuard called the phishing scam "relatively well designed" because of its ability to generate "individualized messages with specific recipient data".

Recipients are then asked to log in and enter information including credit card numbers, according to USA Today. The email is signed off by someone named Aleksander.

The new phishing scam - which looks like the real deal - falsely tells users that their account will been suspended unless their payment information is updated within 48 hours. More than 110 million Netflix subscribers were targeted by an email scam posing as a request from Netflix to update their information, Deadline reports.

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The fake Netflix site this scam is using is built on a compromised Wordpress blog.

The fake emails also inform users that their accounts are about to be cancelled.

This screen shot from Mailguard shows what you are likely to see if you click on the link in the email. For more tips on how to do this, Mailguard is full of ideas - and for starters, as they suggest, "Always hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they're pointing to".

- Cybersecurity threats take many different forms from simple spyware downloads to sophisticated ransomware attacks.

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