Freedomroo – Australians warned over believable Netflix email phishing scam which could see you lose thousands

Australian Netflix users have been warned to be vigilant of a sophisticated email phishing scam pretending to be from the online streaming giant

Urgent warning over worryingly believable Netflix scam which could see you lose thousands – here’s how to spot the fraudsters

  • Australian Netflix users given urgent alert over a sophisticated phishing scam
  • The email tells recipients their last Netflix bill was accidentally charged twice
  • Takes users to a log-in page that appears genuine but is faked by the scammers 
  • There are tell-tale signs the email is fake like the display name being misspelled 

Australian Netflix users have been warned to be vigilant of a sophisticated email phishing scam attempting to steal thousands of dollars from their bank accounts.

The email tells recipients their last Netflix bill was accidentally charged twice and to request a refund by using the link provided.

While users are taken to a Netflix log-in page that appears genuine, cyber security firm MailGuard said there are key signs the emails have been sent by scammers.

Australian Netflix users have been warned to be vigilant of a sophisticated email phishing scam pretending to be from the online streaming giant

Those red flags include the subject line being left blank and the company’s display name being misspelt as ‘Netlfix’, the company said in a recent blog post.

In some cases, the recipient will also not be addressed correctly in the body of the email.

MailGuard said the web address the scammers use also does not belong to Netflix and is instead a cheap URL bought from a cheap domain name provider.

Users’ details are then harvested by the fraudsters on a page asking for their credit card number.

Red flags include the subject line being left blank and the company's display name being misspelt as 'Netlfix'

Red flags include the subject line being left blank and the company’s display name being misspelt as ‘Netlfix’

To make the ruse appear legitimate, the scammers even offer to send a one-time authentication code to users' phones

To make the ruse appear legitimate, the scammers even offer to send a one-time authentication code to users’ phones

To make the ruse appear legitimate, the scammers even offer to send a one-time authentication code to users’ phones. 

‘If you see an email from Netflix, please make sure it is a legitimate communication before you open it,’ the MailGuard warning reads.  

‘With more than 203million subscribers, there’s a high likelihood that many of those that are receiving the email are subscribers and that a portion of those will be too time poor to check the details in the email.’

MailGuard said the sophisticated phishing attempt was the latest in a series of scams pretending to be sent by Netflix.

HOW TO KNOW IF AN EMAIL IS FROM NETFLIX 

Advice listed on Netflix’s website: 

‘We will never ask you to enter your personal information in a text or email. 

This includes:

Credit or debit card numbers

Bank account details

Netflix passwords

We will never request payment through a 3rd party vendor or website.

If the text or email links to a URL that you don’t recognize, don’t tap or click it. 

If you did already, do not enter any information on the website that opened.’

 

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