Netflix users warned over email scam used to steal your card details

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Subscribers to Netflix have been warned over a convincing email scam which aims to steal credit card details.

Technology company Mailguard has described the scam as "relatively well-designed" and "convincing".

The email suggests the user has been suspended and asks for credit or debit card details, threatening the account could be shut down if they are not provided.

It also asks for your address, driver's licence details and your mother's maiden name so they can steal your identity and get access to your bank account.

If you fill in these details, you are taken to a fake website which reassures users that their account has been 'reactivated'.

The fake site, as shown by Mailguard

The fake site, as shown by Mailguard

A blog post on the website of Mailguard said: "A scam email has appeared today that is pretending to be from Netflix . MailGuard detected the new scam early this morning, and stopped the malicious emails from entering our client’s inboxes.

"This scam email is relatively well designed. The scammers are using a template system to generate individualised messages with specific recipient data.

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

Of the fake site the link sends you to, it said: "This website is completely bogus and is just a mechanism for the scammers to steal the victim’s identity and credit card information.

The fake site, as shown by Mailguard

The fake site, as shown by Mailguard

"If you receive an email from Netflix today, ‘Chill,’ but don’t click without thinking first.

"Scammers can make their fake emails and bogus websites look pretty convincing, so it’s always a good idea to check carefully that the email comes from the actual company domain and not a scammer."

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