Police arrest man accused of running 'Nigerian prince' email scam

Police arrest man accused of running 'Nigerian prince' email scam

Police arrest man accused of running 'Nigerian prince' email scam

While this is now a "laughable" crime, at one point the "Nigerian Prince" scam stole almost $100 million from Americans, and even though awareness and the government have aided its decline, Neu's arrest is a reminder to citizens about the lengths they should go to protect themselves.

An 18-month long investigation exposed Michael Neu of Slidell, Louisiana as the internet "Nigerian prince" heavily involved in scams, obtaining money and wiring funds.

This is not how we pictured a Nigerian prince would look.

In Louisiana, a man is accused of engaging in such a scam.

Michael Neu, 67, was charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. All you need to do is provide your financial information to prove your identity, and you will receive your sizable inheritance.

Police say the investigation is on-going, but it is extremely hard because many leads have led to individuals who live outside of the U.S.

That said, Slidell police chief Randy Fandal hopes the arrest will bring attention to the scam and serve as a cautionary tale to Slidell residents.

While acknowledging the somewhat ridiculous nature of the scheme is now commonplace-even the FTC website mentions how the Nigerian prince scam is "the butt of late night jokes"-millions of dollars are lost to false princes and their accomplices ever year". "Never give out personal information over the phone or through email, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don't know".

Police said if someone calls claiming to be an official of a government agency, your local utility company, a law enforcement official, or anything similar, ask for a callback number and verify the person is legitimate.

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