Netflix users, watch out for billing scam in your email

Netflix users, watch out for billing scam in your email

The bogus emails were first detected Friday by Australian cybersecurity company MailGuard, targeting some of Netflix's 110 million customers worldwide. Indeed, the tone and diction of the message are on par with legitimate emails typically sent out by subscription based companies when a credit card is unable to be processed.

Mailguard, a cloud and web security provider had flagged the email scam last week.

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If you're a Netflix subscriber and you got an email saying that your account was about to be suspended, don't open it, and definitely don't give away any personal details. The security firm had luck; they managed to capture a screenshot of an instance when the system failed to add a name to an email.

The company made a statement that it takes subscribers' accounts seriously, and it will continue to take measures to recognize fraudulent activity to keep all accounts safe. Not only that but when the user actually clicks on the link provided in the email they are taken to a website that looks like a relatively convincing mock-up of a Netflix dashboard. 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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The nearly 110 million Netflix subscribers around the world may need to pay a little more attention than usual to their emails over the next few days. This email originated from the asking the account details of the users.

Recipients are then asked to log in and enter information including credit card numbers, according to USA Today.

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