Saturday, 25 November, 2017

New Netflix email scam targets subscriber credit card numbers

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Jeannie Matthews | 07 November, 2017, 01:07

The scam emails are "relatively well-designed", said Australian cyber security firm MailGuard in a blog post which noted the emails began targeting email accounts Friday. But instead of directing you to the actual Netflix website, clicking the "Restart Membership" button on the email leads you to a fake website (that again, looks legit thanks to recent press photos and images) and ultimately provides your credit card details straight to the scammer.

Deadline reports 110 million Netflix users have been targeted by the phishing emails that prompt them to update account information.

The gist of the scam: The email informs the subscriber their account has been suspended because there's been trouble with the billing on their account.

There's going to be a lot more scams like this with Netflix growing stronger - sure the streaming service provider might have had a lot in debt but the company's stock hit an all-time high earlier this year and it's likely that scammers are going to see this as another way to get an easy buck.

Netflix Inc. customers are being warned about a new targeted email scam to steal their credit card information.

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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. The well-designed, individualized fake email convinces customers to update their account information to avoid suspension.

If you click that link, you're taken to what appears to be the Netflix login page, but it has a different URL.

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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