Scammers are trying to lure the public into sharing their personal information by claiming they’ve won a year’s free subscription to media streaming service Netflix.
The scam email claims the target has been “selected from thousands” and is asked to follow a link and provide certain information to claim their 'prize'.
However, doing so could not only give the scammers access to valuable data, it could also download malware onto your device.
What the mail looks like
Below is a screengrab of the email scam to help you easily identify it. In case you can’t read it, we’ve typed out the body of the mail below exactly as it appears.
You have been selected from thousands of applicants to win 1 year NETFLIX
Act quickly! Limited offer.There are only a few of these subscriptions left
CHECK IF YOUVE WON
How to spot the ‘Netflix’ offer is a fake
Let’s work our way down from the top the of the mail to spot the tell-tale signs this is a dud, shall we?
While the name of the sender claims to be Netflix, the email address is actually firstname.lastname@example.org, which strongly suggests that claim is false.
Next, the email addresses you based on the first part of your email address.
So if your address contained just your first name, such as David@email.com, then it might appear convincing as it’d address you as ‘David’.
If on the other hand, you'd opted for a more creative email title (as many people do), it’d probably be a bit suspicious if the email came addressed to ‘Cheeselover99’.
Next, there’s the litany of grammatical errors that you’ve no doubt already spotted.
Finally, describing the target as an ‘applicant’ suggests they would have put their name in the hat for the prize at some point.
So for all these reasons, this Netflix ‘prize’ is best deleted and forgotten about.