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New Netflix Payment Phishing Emails Appear Legitimate

By August 10, 2020May 5th, 2022Cybersecurity

Do you have a Netflix account? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Since the start of the pandemic, the company has experienced unprecedented growth, and is now the video streaming service of choice for tens of millions. If you’re one of those, be aware that an as yet unknown group of hackers has developed an exceptionally convincing looking phishing scam designed to harvest Netflix payment information.

The attack begins just like many do, with the receipt of an email explaining that your monthly Netflix payment failed. The email “helpfully” provides a link to what appears to be Netflix, complete with information boxes that allow you to re-enter your payment information.

The hackers took pains to make sure that their bogus email address bore a strong resemblance to the actual Netflix customer support email address. They also made sure the screen provided for you to enter your credit card information is a convincing replica of the real thing.

If you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice that the domain is markedly different, and that’s how you know you’re being taken in. Unfortunately, when many people are concerned that there’s a legitimate problem with their account, they won’t pay sufficient attention. That’s precisely what the hackers are counting on.

In any event, the new campaign has been wildly successful thus far, and even when their current domains are shut down, you can bet that the hackers will simply set up new ones and keep their malicious game going. There’s easy money in it, and they’re unlikely to stop as long as they’re finding success.

The only real way to counter this kind of thing is to be very careful and watchful. Pay attention to the URLs you’re being directed and re-directed to. Better yet, if you get an email like this, instead of clicking links embedded in the email, simply open a new browser window and type in the URL yourself. If you’re having a problem with your account, that fact will become readily apparent as soon as you log in.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.