There's a new phishing scam targeting Australian Netflix customers - and it's incredibly easy to be fooled by it. The highly convincing email requests users to update their payment information via a link to an official looking website. Whatever you do, do not click that link. Here's what you need to know.
Australian Netflix users have been hit by a fresh wave of phishing scams designed to steal your money. The email uses official branding and even uses the customer's username - just like a real Netflix email. The supplied link also looks legit.
Despite being outed by the media last Friday, the scam is still reaching potential victims. I know this because my wife just received the below email:
"Sorry for the interruption, but we are having trouble authorising your Credit Card," the email states. "Please visit www.netflix.com/youraccountpayment to enter your payment information again or to use a different payment method. When you have finished, we will try to verify your account again. If it still does not work, you will want to contact your credit card company."
Clicking on the link takes you to a phishing site that looks just like the real Netflix site. Typing in your credit card details will result in currency theft and the locking of your Netflix account.
The only signs that something dodgy is afoot are the sender's email address and the URL permalink (which is different to the supplied hyperlink.) While these red flags are obvious to tech-savvy users, I imagine there are many casuals out there who would fail to notice.
Needless to say, if you receive one of these emails you should delete it without clicking on any of the supplied links. You can read up on how to identify and avoid email scams here as well as in the video below.
One of the most popular ways for cybercriminals to steal personal information is by using email phishing scams. Cybercriminals often use this method of attack to trick employees from large organisations into clicking onto malicious links so they can gain access to corporate networks that contain valuable data. Here are 10 tips on how to avoid becoming a email phishing victim.