Earlier this week, MailGuard detected an email scam spoofing popular entertainment company, Netflix.
This is not the first Netflix based scam MailGuard has seen recently. Netflix is a popular and well trusted company with an immensely large customer database, so their branding makes a good lure for cybercriminals looking to deceive people.
Sent from what appears to be a compromised account, the latest run of this email scam uses the emails use a display name of ‘Netflix’. However, several special characters have been used to obfuscate this.
This email scam is a good reminder of the importance of being vigilant when accessing emails. This is mainly because despite mimicking the company's logo and branding, the emails do contain some red flags that point to its illegitimacy.
Watch the full scam below:
MailGuard urges all cyber users to be vigilant when accessing their emails.
Here are some tell-tale signs of email scams
- Do not address recipients directly (e.g. “Dear customer”)
- Bad grammar or misuse of punctuation and poor-quality or distorted graphics
- An instruction to click a link to perform an action (hover over them to see where you’re really being directed)
- Obscure sending addresses (for example, Hotmail, gmail, Yahoo addresses should set alarms bells ringing)
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