Louisiana man charged in 'Nigerian prince' internet scam

Sean Reid
January 1, 2018

Michael Neu, a 67-year-old man in Slidell, Louisiana was arrested after an 18-month investigation in connection with Nigerian prince email scams.

The scam consist of an email from a representative of a Nigerian Prince claiming the recipient is a beneficiary of millions of dollars. These messages are the butt of late night jokes, but people still respond to them.

The scam was created to con money from people by claiming in emails and phone calls that they were named the beneficiary in a will. "Some fraudsters have produced trunks of dyed or stamped money to try to verify their claims".

They said he participated in hundreds of scams and will face 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

The scammer posed as "Nigerian prince"-in the email scams and is believed to have Nigerian collaborators". Your personal financial information is needed to "prove" that you are the beneficiary and to speed the transfer of your inheritance. Yet due to logistics, the department says it will be "extremely difficult" to bring full justice to the situation "as many leads have led to individuals who live outside of the United States", making it highly unlikely that any of Neu's co-conspirators will become his co-defendants.

Police say their investigation continues as numerous leads have led to people who live outside the country.

While such schemes might be dismissed as laughable, the public loses millions of dollars each year through such frauds, the police said in the statement.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is", said Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal. Authorities warn to be cautious when receiving suspicious emails or phone calls from unknown individuals and urge people not to disclose personal or financial information.

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