As many as 110 million Netflix subscribers may have received a scam email alerting them that their account has been suspended, only to be prompted to click on a link that leads to a phishing website with the goal of stealing sensitive personal data and credit card information.
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"Of course, this website is completely bogus and is just a mechanism for the scammers to steal the victim's identity and credit card information", the site wrote.
Netflix subscribers are the latest targets of a new phishing scam trying to trick users of the streaming service into thinking that accounts are in danger of being suspended.
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This scam email is relatively well designed.
According to Deadline, more than 100 million subscribers have been targeted by the scam thus far; there's no word as to how those emails were obtained.
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The page looks legitimate with a Netflix logo and popular Netflix shows like The Crown and House of Cards, Deadline reports. The well-designed, individualized fake email convinces customers to update their account information to avoid suspension. For more tips on how to do this, Mailguard is full of ideas - and for starters, as they suggest, "Always hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they're pointing to". Your business can be exposed to a wide variety of different vectors: through peripherals; USB devices; networks; attachments; etc. Security best practice recommends a layered defence strategy to protect users against web threats and malware.