This latest phishing scam is a fake claim that a person’s Netflix account is in danger of being cancelled. The email asks the target to visit a bogus URL to continue using the Netflix service. At the URL they are asked to enter their account details. If the users Netflix email address and password are entered on this page, the scammers will get access to the victim's Netflix account details as well as any other on line accounts using the same credentials. Do you use the same password across various accounts and online services?
TitanHQ advises the best course of action is to ignore the email and not click on it. Customers with concerns should check their account details and contact Netflix directly rather than use any information provided in the email. At the end of Q1 2015 Netflix report the total number of users worldwide grew to 62.27million. With such a large user base it’s an obvious audience for scammers to target.
Taking a closer look at this scam email it’s obvious the grammar in the email is not perfect. But it's good enough to fool some people. Not all Netflix users will have perfect English or notice these grammatical errors.
In extracting this personal information scammers will always have a credible excuse for requiring you to handover this information, such as:
The main goal of most malicious programs distributed via mail is to steal confidential data. The majority of phishing attacks targeted email accounts. Users are often lax when it comes to their email accounts: many of them use simple logins and passwords.
With this kind of attack someone has to be persuaded to open the malware or follow a phishing link. Attacks typically fall into one of three categories:
Technology is essential, but it's not a cure-all solution. There is a massive need to train users to be more alert. No matter what email server or spam filter your company is using there are a few quick and easy things you can do to reduce spam and related malware attacks on your network. Take a look at this checklist ‘ 11 ways to reduce spam and malware attacks’.
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