'Convincing' email scam is targeting millions of Netflix subscribers

07 November, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Lester Mason
  • Fake emails are personalized per recipient. | via MailGuard

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. If updated, the scammers successfully steal the subscriber's personal information.

"Unfortunately, these 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", the statement said, according to USA Today.

The email "looks quite convincing" and is "relatively well-designed", MailGuard says.

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There is also a link that takes subscribers to a fake Netflix page seeking login information and a credit card number, according to MailGuard, a global SaaS email and web security company.

The fake Netflix site this scam is using is built on a compromised Wordpress blog. Spread the word and make sure you and your friends and family are not duped by this scam.

With the detailed data the fake website form asks for: address; credit card details; driver's license; mother's maiden name; etc, the scammers could potentially execute an identity theft and gain access to the victim's bank accounts as well as their credit cards. "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". 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".

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