Tue, 29 Jan, 2019
The new Aussie Netflix scam you need to be aware of
Aussie Netflix users are being warned to take extreme caution after it was found a sophisticated email scam has been sent across Australia.
The high-quality email is being sent to unsuspecting Australians, one that tricks users into believing the scam emails come from the legitimate streaming platform.
The scam looks to steal information from Netflix users by telling them their beloved online watching has been “temporarily suspeneded (sic),” only to be returned to them after their personal information is given to “verify” their details.
The phishing email claims the user’s account has been “suspeneded (sic)” due to “issues in the automatic verification process”.
“For this reason we suspended your account, until you verify all required informations (sic) and update your payment method,” the email explains.
Despite the spelling errors and high intelligence of technology users, experts are warning people to be aware.
MailGuard, an email security company, claims the email scam was alerted first on Monday evening.
“Sent via a malicious sender, the emails use a display name of “NETFLlX” with a lower case ‘L’ character to replace the ‘i’,” the statement said.
Marie Kondo your inbox by tidying up your emails and discarding anything like this, because this scam will not spark joy. ✨🙅🏻♀️
Beware of a fake Netflix email scam that’s going around. If you get this email do not click on links or enter personal data.
Image courtesy of 9 News. pic.twitter.com/YyBA0Liq9c
— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) January 29, 2019
Clicking the “UPDATE YOUR DETAILS” link takes users to a fake Netflix login page that is incredibly similar to the official login by the streaming service.
If an unlucky user is to put their details into the page, cyber criminals are then given access to information by victims. The information can be used for identity theft and fraud.
MailGuard warns there are several indications that the email they might receive from ‘Netflix’ could be fake.
“There are several grammatical and spelling errors within the body, such as the bolded ‘suspended’.
“Spacing errors are also present throughout the email.”
A Netflix spokesperson said the security regarding member accounts are taken under extreme safety measures, ensuring the company “employs numerous proactive measures to detect fraudulent activity.”
If you receive an email like the one above, users are encouraged to delete it immediately.