What is the worst thing that could happen to you having signed up to Netflix? Being forced to watch A Christmas Prince, one of the most irresponsibly low-quality films ever devised? Prior to today, yes, that perhaps may have presented the greatest danger to someone with an active Netflix account.
However, as of today, all's changed, changed utterly etc. According to Netflix a sophisticated phishing email has been sent around to many Irish Netflix users. The email tells users that their personal account has been suspended, it then urges you to click on a link that will take you to a page where you will be asked to provide personal information as well as your bank details.
Obviously, this is an attempt at a scam and should be avoided, lest you are looking for a quick and easy way to offload some cash.
However, as bizarrely seems to be the case with these attempted scams, the email is littered with spelling and grammatical mistakes. As pointed out by MailGuard, the email security service which first raised users suspicions as to the email's veracity, there are numerous errors in spacing and spelling, such as the word 'suspeneded' being in bold.
Of the security threat, Netflix said:
We take the security of our members' accounts seriously and Netflix employs numerous proactive measures to detect fraudulent activity to keep the Netflix service and our members' accounts secure.
Unfortunately, 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.
Members who want to learn more about how to keep their personal information safe against phishing scams and other malicious activity can go to netflix.com/security or contact Customer Service directly.
It should go without saying that, if ever you receive an email demanding you provide your personal information and bank details, it is probably best to give it a skim over to make sure that it, at the very least, doesn't appear to have been written by a 7 year old during their lunch-break.