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Technology Netflix subscribers targeted by email scam

15:37  07 november  2017
15:37  07 november  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

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Netflix subscribers target of 'relatively well-designed' email scam . An email scam targeting Netflix users aims to gather users' subscriber information.

An email scam passing as a Netflix notification has been targeting subscribers of the streaming service. The “suspension notification” looks similar in design and format to other Netflix emails .

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The suspicious emails tell recipients that their Netflix billing information needs updating and takes them to a fake Netflix website. There they are asked to log in and enter information including credit card numbers.

The scam emails are "relatively well-designed," said Australian cyber security firm MailGuard in a blog post which noted the emails began targeting email accounts Friday. "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."

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If you check your email between Netflix binges and see a message from the company claiming your account is about to be suspended, don’t open it—it’s likely a scam . Roughly110 million Netflix subscribers have been targeted with the phishing emails , Deadline reports

A recent Netflix email scam has been targeting subscribers of the popular streaming service telling them that their account is about to be canceled. The well-designed, individualized fake email convinces customers to update their account information to avoid suspension.

On its website, Netflix says that it may email users asking them to come to website to update information. "If you're unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over the link to see where it directs in which you can see the real linked web address at the bottom of most browsers," the company says. For more information go to netflix.com/security.

Netflix said in a statement Monday it takes "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, these 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."

Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.

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