There’s a new Netflix phishing email doing the rounds, and this one seems particularly well put-together. The email implies your account will be suspended unless you act fast, but the intention, as always with these kinds of emails, is to get hold of your credit card information.
Netflix has over 100 million subscribers at this point. All of whom will have some form of credit or debit card information on file. This makes Netflix users a prime target for phishing emails, with hackers safe in the knowledge they’ll be able to fool someone, somewhere into clicking.
Phishing for Netflix Account Information
The latest attempt at tricking innocent Netflix users, as first noticed by MailGuard, is rather more sophisticated than most. It claims your account is due to be suspended because Netflix hasn’t been able to verify your billing information. But you can fix it by clicking on the links provided.
The email is personalized, uses the official Netflix logo, and includes links to the Netflix Help center and contact page. as well as the option to “Restart Membership”. Except it doesn’t really. Instead, the links all lead to a fake Netflix website designed to nab your payment information.
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) November 6, 2017
Most of us would see through this quickly and act accordingly. However, the urgency included in the email means some older or less tech-savvy people could easily get fooled into giving away their payment information. So please be sure to pass this warning onto other Netflix users.
To its credit, Netflix issued a statement saying,
“We take the security of our members’ accounts seriously and Netflix employs numerous proactive measures to detect fraudulent activity to keep the Netflix service and our members’ accounts secure. 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.”
Avoid Clicking on Links in Emails
This isn’t the first Netflix email scam and it won’t be the last. The best advice to stave off all phishing attempts, Netflix or otherwise, is to avoid clicking on any links in emails. Instead, open your web browser and go directly to the official website to see what, if anything, is up.
Have you received this Netflix phishing scam in your email inbox? Did you click on any of the links or realize immediately? Have you ever seen another fake Netflix email? What did you do about it? Please let us know about your experiences with phishing emails in the comments below!
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