Thousands of Netflix customers targeted by phishing fraudsters as streaming service warns users to check for VERY convincing scam email
- Brand new email phishing scam targeted at Netflix customers has been detected
- The well-designed fake email aims to trick people into giving credit card details
- New South Wales Police warned its Twitter followers about sophisticated scam
Netflix customers have been warned not to fall for a sophisticated new scam targeting subscribers to the video streaming service.
New South Wales Police alerted social media users on Wednesday, posting a screengrab of a fake email used in the scam.
The email is sophisticated and well-designed, and aims to fool Netflix customers into handing over their credit card details.
Netflix customers have been warned not to fall for a sophisticated new scam (pictured) targeting subscribers to the video streaming service
The image posted by the police highlights the fake email address used by the scammers, which does not resemble an official Netflix email.
The text of the email reads: 'We attempted to authorize the Amex you have on file but were unable to do so.'
It then prompts the receiver of the email to provide their credit card information by clicking a bright red 'update payment' button.
New South Wales Police alerted social media users on Wednesday, posting a screengrab of a fake email used in the scam (pictured is the fake Netflix site used by the scammers)
But the button is a phishing site with fake Netflix branding, where the scammers harvest victims' payment information.
The clever site even redirects users to the real Netflix site after they enter their details so they will not suspect they have been scammed, according to Mailguard.
This latest scam follows a similar phishing attempt detected by Mailguard on November 3.
'Netflix has become a favourite vehicle for email fraudsters,' said the Melbourne-based email security firm.
'Their large customer base makes them a valuable target for brandjacking - cybercrime that exploits the trademarks of well-known companies to deceive victims.'
Phishing describes attempts by scammers to trick people into handing over private information by pretending to be a trusted company, enterprise or organisation.
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