A new email sporting the Netflix logo might seem real, but if tells you that your account is about to be suspended, delete it immediately because it’s most likely a scam. Roughly 110 million Netflix subscribers have been targeted with these phishing email, asking them to update their account information.
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. Once opened, the message informs Netflix users that their billing information “has been invalidated and urges them to update their details on the website,” according to Mailguard. The victim is then taken to a fake Netflix landing page (that includes images of shows like The Crown and House of Cards), and is asked to logged in with their personal information, including their credit card and bank account numbers.
Nine out of 10 cyberattacks are delivered via email, according to Mailguard. To avoid falling victim to one of these scams, the company advises people to “hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they’re pointing to.”
As of today, Netflix has yet to release a statement regarding the issue, but for the time being it’s safe to say that you should disregard all emails with their moniker.
Read the full story over at Deadline Hollywood.
This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.