Maryland county executive’s email list used in phishing scam

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county is warning residents that its executive’s distribution list was used in a phishing scam that sends emails that appear to be from Netflix.

News outlets report that Howard County announced Sunday night that Calvin Ball’s Constant Contact was compromised, and told residents to delete emails with the subject line “Account Cancellation.” A screenshot from WMAR-TV shows that the emails appear as if they’re from Netflix but feature Ball’s county email address.

Ball said in a tweet Sunday night that the compromised account was used during his time on the county council and hasn’t been used since. He apologized in a statement to those who received the email.

County spokesman Scott Peterson says they’re working with email marketing software company Constant Contact to get more details.

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