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Netflix Phishing Campaign Striking Members’ Mailboxes

The e-mails, which assert as messages from Netflix informing recipients about the non-acceptance of their debit/credit payment cards aren't actually from Netflix rather they are an e-mail fraud, published examiner.com dated October 24, 2011.

Stating more specifically, the e-mails pretend to be from "Netflix Member Service."

Further, there's an attachment within the e-mail containing a .zip archive that states its sender is netflix@accounts.com. The given directions within the e-mail tell the user that it wasn't possible to accept his credit card as also that he requires taking down the zipped file, extract it inside his Web-browser and feed in his details.

But, there's another point of worry too. Dubious attachments may carry malware like PC viruses, which cyber-thieves may utilize for filching personal information.

Meanwhile, citing the reasons for non-acceptance of the Netflix user's payment mode, the e-mail explains they could be a credit card which became outdated or a presence of insufficient funds. Thus the e-mail notifies the user that he requires making his credit card up-to-date alternatively introduce one fresh credit card.

Security investigators stated that alongside the e-mail, one Android mobile software program, used for exploiting Netflix members, too was doing the rounds which imitated the actual mobile software of Netflix.

Disturbingly, phishing scams of these kinds are very frequent these days. Popular brands like PayPal, eBay, Amazon and reputed banking institutions largely go through phishers' impersonation and abuse.

The security investigators also said that occasionally phishing e-mail campaigns could be cunning enough to make it difficult for end-users to be sure whether or not it arrived from the claimed firm. However, in case end-users ever felt suspicious, they required contacting the firm for verification as also going through its website and checking whether there was any alert about possible phishing e-mails.

Eventually, specialists recommended end-users that they must forever be careful about viewing unexpected attachments for, they could have computer viruses. In case they thought an e-mail of the above kind was genuine, they must visit the key section of the service's website via manually entering its URL address into their browsers alternatively, phoning up the service straight away.

Related article: Netflix- No More Vulnerable to XSRF

» SPAMfighter News - 02-11-2011

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