Phishing scam targets Netflix subscribers

Netflix users have been warned to ignore an e-mail looking for their credit card details

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5 June 2014 | 0

Netflix users in Ireland are been warned about the threat of a major phishing scam.

Identified by IT security company Smarttech.ie, the scam comes in the form of a fake message on the users screen asking the customer to click on a link and update their credit card details or have their subscription cancelled.

Ronan Murphy, CEO of Smarttech.ie, said: “Phishing scams are one of the most common forms of security threats that users experience… If you have received this fake e-mail, the best course of action is to just ignore the e-mail and do not click on it.

“If you have clicked on the message, do not enter any of your personal information or credit card or bank account details. If you still have concerns about your account, look up the contact number for Netflix (do not use the number in the message if there is one, as this will be a fake number) and talk to someone in Netflix about updating your password.”

Netflix has 48.6 million subscribers worldwide. Earlier this year it introduced a new pricing structure based on the number of devices connected per user and a choice between standard or high definition.

Netflix has an estimated 175,000 subscribers in Ireland.

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