A 67-year-old Slidell man who served as a go-between for an international team of scammers running a “Nigerian prince” email scheme has been arrested after an 18-month investigation.
Michael Neu is his name. He is being shared with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. He is not Nigerian or a Prince.
It all went down in Slidell, Louisiana. Some of his co-conspiracers actually live in Nigeria.
Since the emergence of emails the Nigerian Scam has always been a thing. We all know it is fake but some people that aren’t tech savvy fall for these scams all the time. There has been an episode on my strange addiction about it. When I worked at a cash advance place women used to come in all the time trying to send money through Western Union to people who would send them these type of emails. No matter what you tell them, they feel like you are lying and they have some secret money coming to them. Each and every single time they are scammed. They keep these people in business.
The ubiquitous scheme, which begins when an email is sent to an unsuspecting recipient the scammers claim has been named as the beneficiary in a will, is designed to collect personal information that is then used to steal money and identities online.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. “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.”
I don’t know how many times we have to keep telling people to ignore these emails. Go sit down and talk to your people and let them know that just because this man has been caught doesn’t mean it is going to stop.
Oh and by the way Nigeria doesn’t have a prince as it its a Republic meaning they have a democratically elected President just like you have in the US. That was the first LIE!