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To help persuade the victim to agree to the deal, the scammer often sends one or more false documents bearing official government stamps, and seals.419 scammers often mention false addresses and use photographs taken from the Internet or from magazines to falsely represent themselves.The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim, or simply disappears.Picked up by Australian web and email security firm Mail Guard, the subject line of the email reads “Your suspension notification.” If the email makes it through your filters and into your inbox and you decide to take a look, you’ll see that the scammers are trying to make you believe Netflix is having an issue validating your billing information.A note declaring that your Netflix account will be suspended if you don’t respond within 48 hours aims to persuade you to click on the “restart membership” button at the end of the message. Click on the link and, surprise surprise, you’ll end up on a fake Netflix site where you’ll be asked to enter your login details along with other personal details, including your credit card information.An email subject line may say something like "From the desk of barrister [Name]", "Your assistance is needed", and so on.
One reason Nigeria may have been singled out is the apparently comical, almost ludicrous nature of the promise of West African riches from a Nigerian prince.In exchange for transferring the funds out of Nigeria, the recipient would keep 30% of the total.To get the process started, the scammer asked for a few sheets of the company’s letterhead, bank account numbers, and other personal information.There are many variations on this type of scam, including the 419 scam, the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam, Fifo's Fraud and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.
Netflix sends out emails to its subscribers from time to time. The company also offers some useful advice about how to keep your account secure.