Police Arrest Alleged “Nigerian Prince” Email Scammer In Louisana

While it is often the butt of jokes on late-night TV, most people are familiar with the “Nigerian Prince” email scam. Many of us hope that people haven’t fallen for this silly scheme, but like all scams there are victims who believe the stories they are being told.

According to Louisiana’s Police Department, Michael Neu is not connected to any African royalty.

After an 18-month investigation, authorities have found that this con artist has a prolific track record of swindling people out of money. The 67-year-old was arrested and charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering after serving as a middleman in a variation of the Nigerian prince scam that became so widely known.

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The scam that Neu has been charged with running actually predates the days of dial up internet.

In one of the schemes, someone claims that a benefactor, often a Nigerian prince, has left you an inheritance and you are required to provide your bank information so that the funds could be transferred to you. Some iterations of the scam ask victims to send money that will be later reimbursed along with the funds. Needless to say, those funds don’t exist.

Neu’s arrest is actually an important milestone for authorities.

Everyone With A Yahoo Account Has Been Hacked

Yahoo is warning their customers to be careful and secure their information, after discovering that a 2013 hack was much worse than they thought.

When Yahoo revealed their customer’s private information had been stolen last year, they originally claimed that about one billion accounts were affected, or around one in three Yahoo users. Now, “recently obtained new intelligence” has confirmed every customer’s worst fear.

According to Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon which now owns Yahoo, forensic experts from outside the company uncovered new evidence that every single Yahoo user was affected by the 2013 hack. Private information including e-mail addresses, passwords, birth dates, phone numbers and other data stored on Yahoo accounts were all vulnerable.

Even if you don’t have a Yahoo e-mail account, users on other Yahoo websites including Flickr, Tumblr and the sports website Fantasy were also affected. Thankfully, Yahoo claims that credit card and bank information were not accessed, and passwords were not in plain text, which could protect your account.

If your account was one of the three billion affected by the hack, there are steps you need to take to protect your information…

There’s A New Netflix Scam That Is Affecting Thousands, Be On The Lookout

Netflix is one of the biggest success stories in modern media. Originally pitched to Blockbuster Video as a way for people to rent DVDs through the mail (Blockbuster turned them down, look how that ended), the service has grown into the most massive online streaming service in the world.

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Not only do they carry dozens of shows and movies we already love (while constantly adding more), but since 2013, Netflix’s original programming has given us massive hits like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Sense8, and Marvel’s The Defenders franchise.

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With over 103 MILLION subscribers around the world and revenue of over $8 BILLION, it’s safe to say that the company has firmly established themselves and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Unfortunately, money like that can often attract some pretty unsavory characters, and right now there are a few who are trying to trick Netflix customers out of their hard-earned money.

Keep reading for details on this scam and how to avoid being tricked by it…