Police arrest alleged 'Nigerian prince' email scammer in Louisiana

Discussion in 'North American scam news' started by toper01, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. toper01

    toper01 Moderator Staff Member

    A Louisiana man was arrested in connection with the "Nigerian prince" scheme that has scammed people out of thousands of dollars, police announced on Thursday.

    Michael Neu, 67, faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering after being taken into custody following an 18-month investigation, according to the Slidell Police Department. Police said Neu is suspected of being the scam's "middle man" who obtained money and "subsequently wired" funds to his co-conspirators in Nigeria.

    According to the Federal Trade Commission, the phishing scam begins with an email purporting to be from a high-ranking Nigerian official who seeks financial assistance or personal information to retrieve an alleged inheritance.

    Though the scheme is often the butt of late-night TV jokes, people have fallen victim to the scam, officials say.

    "Most people laugh at the thought of falling for such a fraud, but law enforcement officials report annual losses of millions of dollars to these schemes," the Slidell police said in a statement.

    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. Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said he hopes Neu's arrest serves as a warning to the public.

    “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in a statement. "Never give out personal information over the phone, through e-mail, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. 99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam.”
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  2. De Master Yoda

    De Master Yoda Administrator Staff Member

    Very good advice from Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal and well done to all involved in the capture of this scammer.

    Michael Neu, 67, faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. I think that he will be spending many many years in prison if all or most of these offenses are proven.
     
  3. Central Scrutinizer

    Central Scrutinizer Administrator Staff Member

    Holy covfefe! An old white guy! I thought 67 was too old to be a scammer.

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  4. De Master Yoda

    De Master Yoda Administrator Staff Member

    "Michael Neu, 67, faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.' At his age I do not think he will be seeing the light of day if all the charges are proven.
    If I remember correctly some of the charges attract a sentence of five years EACH!! His future does not look too good.


    Michael Neu it looks like 2018 will not be a great year for you and many of the following years as well.

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    Michael Neu, 67 of Slidell, La., is pictured being taken into custody for wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with a "Nigerian prince" scam, according to the Slidell Police Department. (Photo: Slidell Police Department)
     

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