Friday, 22 June, 2018

Busted: American, 67, Posing As Nigerian Prince Held For Email Scam

Michael Neu 67 of Slidell La Michael Neu 67 of Slidell La
Andy Castillo | 01 January, 2018, 05:06

We all know about the Nigerian prince email scams that have been around for what feels like the beginning of time, and now a 67-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the scam, except he's shockingly not Nigerian royalty.

A 67-year-old Slidell man who served as a go-between for an global team of scammers running a "Nigerian prince" email scheme has been arrested after an 18-month investigation.

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. These messages are the butt of late night jokes, but people still respond to them. The scammers often ask for money upfront to pay "processing fees" or request the recipient's bank account details to transfer money directly. "Some fraudsters have produced trunks of dyed or stamped money to try to verify their claims".

Michael Neu, 67, was arrested by Slidell Police financial crimes investigators for 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.

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The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number. But Finch's mother told the Kansas paper that her son "doesn't play video games" and had "better things to do with his time".

The scammer posed as "Nigerian prince"-in the email scams and is believed to have Nigerian collaborators". "Never give out personal information..."

Michael Neu, from Slidell near New Orleans, helped swindle people out of thousands of dollars as a middleman, police said.

"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", a spokesperson for the Slidell Police Department said. Some of the money obtained by Neu was subsequently wired to co-conspirators in the Country of Nigeria.

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