How To Spot The Netflix Email Scam That’s Been Sent Out To As Many As 110 Million Subscribers
Once again the ne’er-do-wells of the world are trying to screw up our lives by taking advantage of our logic and gullibility. This time it’s Netflix’s turn because as many as 110 million Netflix subscribers, according to Deadline, may be targets of an email phishing scam.
Here’s how to spot the scam and protect yourself, according to MailGuard…
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.
In this case the scammer’s system has not worked as well as they hoped and in the example below – screen-captured by our operations team – you can see that the ‘recipient’ field in the email has not been merged successfully. Instead of the victim’s name, it shows the placeholder instead: