Phishing scam targets millions of Netflix subscribers


A Netflix email scam has targeted millions of subscribers worldwide.

Mailguard, a tech privacy company, notes the scam looks particularly authentic because the emails (subject line: "Your suspension notification") sent out are personalized to the recipient. Users who click on the provided link are asked to provide their name, date of birth, address and credit card number - only the data goes right to the scammers.

Netflix users have been warned to be on the lookout for a phishing email scam that been targeting subscribers of the popular streaming service in an attempt to steal their credit card information.

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

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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 tells subscribers that their account will be cancelled if they don't update their account information. Scammers can break into Wordpress sites by making use of vulnerabilities in blog plugins and once in, they can make the website look enough like a real Netflix login page to trick their victims - as shown in the screenshot above.

This screen shot from Mailguard shows what you are likely to see if you click on the link in the email.

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. If they look suspicious or unfamiliar don't open them.