Netflix email scam targets millions of users

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Netflix users have been warned to be on the lookout for a scam email, which claims accounts with the streaming service are set to be cancelled.

To confirm who really sent an email, click on the downward arrow next to the sender's name in Gmail.

According to MailGuard, which is private Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud security company, the fake Netflix webpage that is being used in the scam was created on a compromised Wordpress blog.

As many as 110 million Netflix subscribers received a scam email from a hacker in an attempt to steal personal data and credit card information.

Netflix users are being urged to remain wary of a risky and convincing email scam now doing the rounds.

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Police have urged the community to watch out for the scam email, which informs recipients their billing information needs to be updated and they must "restart membership". Once they are in, they can easily make any website look like anything they want it to be, such as a legitimate-looking Netflix login page, to trick users into providing important information. You can do this by hovering over the sender's name, though some email clients will display the actual address as well.

Mailguard, a company that protects businesses against scammers and phishers took a screenshot of the email scam.

Netflix told USA Today that the emails are fake, and don't come from the company.

The email alerted the users that their account had been suspended and linked to a phishing website.

So if you see an email in your inbox that looks anything like the below, be sure to get on to Netflix and confirm it's really from them.