Hackers have targeted more than 110 million Netflix Subscribers with an email scam and are said to have succeeded in stealing people’s credit card details to a certain extent. The online streaming company which was enlightened on this issue by Mailguard- an Email security firm said that it is contacting the impacted customers to warn them about the ongoing fraud.
The fake email issues an alert to Netflix customers that their online viewing account has been suspended until some financial details like credit card info are provided.
Netflix fake email also provides a link where users are taken to a fake “House of Cards” webpage and are asked to fill in the details like full name, date of birth, address and payment details.
As soon as the payment is received, the webpage issues a pop up that the payment has been received and the subscription will be resumed.
As the email looks legitimate with a Netflix Logo, almost 7 million customers are said to have fallen prey to the bogus email.
Security experts from Mailguard say that more than 49,000 customers have fallen prey to the ongoing email scam by filling in the details. But the company said that only a few percentage of the victims lost money to the scamsters.
Cybersecurity Insiders advises the following steps to users who are interested in avoiding such scams-
• Start by hovering your mouse over the link and check the domain name the URL is pointing to.
• Better to have an updated email filtering and security program installed on your device.
• It is recommended to hide the friend’s list on facebook
• Better to turn off the location service and you better be aware of the security levels for apps.
Hope, it helps!