Netflix subscribers are the target of a 'relatively well-designed' email scam

Tammy Harvey
November 7, 2017

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.

"This works like a mail-merge; the body of the email is generic, but the sender field is created to show the name of the intended victim, which personalises the scam making it more convincing", MailGuard said. The victim is then taken to a fake Netflix landing page (that includes images of shows like The Crown and House of Cards), and is asked to logged in with their personal information, including their credit card and bank account numbers.

The email asks users to input credit card details to avoid the suspension taking effect.

Deadline reported the scam targeted "millions" of subscribers.

This works like a mail-merge; the body of the email is generic, but the sender field is created to show the name of the intended victim, which personalises the scam making it more convincing.


According to Deadline, more than 110 million Netflix subscribers were targeted in this new scam, which means it's likely you or someone you know may be targeted.

The scam involves users receiving an email informing them that their accounts are set to be cancelled.

Once the fake website has collected all the sensitive data the scammers want, the victim is shown a reassuring "reactivation" screen.

The letter looks a valid email from the streaming company and convinces customers to update their information including personal and credit card information.

If you click that link, you're taken to what appears to be the Netflix login page, but it has a different URL.

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