A fake ‘Nigerian prince’, Michael Neu has been arrested by the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana, USA, for scamming thousands of dollars from people.
According to the release by Slidell Police, Michael Neu pretends to be African royalty as part of a scam to trick people out of thousands of dollars.
Police said while Neu lacks a royal title, some of the money obtained in his scams did go to co-conspirators in Nigeria, adding that investigators are continuing to untangle his (Neu) web of scams, but many other leads also connect to people outside the US.
The suspect, was arrested and charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by sending emails to people and then claiming to be a Nigerian Prince and claims they are beneficiary of a large sum of money, but in order to receive their ‘inheritance’ they must first send him their bank account details.
Slidell Police say people fall for these scams, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 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”.