The malicious emails were first noticed Mailguard late last week, in a blog entry posted to the company's website.
Starting with a subject line reading "Your Suspension Notification" from "Netflix", the scammer's email tells subscribers that they were "unable to validate (their) billing information for the next billing cycle of (their) subscription", threatening account suspension if the user fails to follow the email's fake link where it asks for the user's Netflix login and the user's credit card details.More news: Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles
The email asks users to input credit card details to avoid the suspension taking effect.
Though the email looks very convincing, on a closer look, it does give away some hints such as odd wording and unwanted request for such sensitive information. It's enough information for a criminal to steal your identity and get access to your bank account. Spread the word and make sure you and your friends and family are not duped by this scam. "Unfortunately, these scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information". "Obviously we'd love to have you back, simply click restart your membership to update your details and continue to enjoy all the best TV shows and movies without interruption". For more tips on how to do this, Mailguard is full of ideas - and for starters, as they suggest, "Always hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they're pointing to".