If you’re a Netflix subscriber and you got an email saying that your account was about to be suspended, don’t open it, and definitely don’t give away any personal details.
During the first week of November, more than 110 million Netflix users were targeted in a massive email scam, one that for all intents and purposes looks like a legit email from the streaming giant. But instead of directing you to the actual Netflix website, clicking the “Restart Membership” button on the email leads you to a fake website (that again, looks legit thanks to recent press photos and images) and ultimately provides your credit card details straight to the scammer.
According to the Mailguard Blog, there is an easy way to spot the scam: for whatever reason, while the email addresses of Netflix users were successfully acquired by the scammers, the first names of the users were not. As a result, the greeting on the email reads “Hi, #name#,” a dead giveaway that the email didn’t come straight from Netflix. So if you see this in the first line of an email that looks real, it’s a pretty safe bet that it actually isn’t, and you can just immediately delete.