Friday, 16 November, 2018

67-year-old American posing as 'Nigerian Prince' arrested for email scam

CRIME     Remember the Nigerian prince scam? Cops say an American ran it     
       The alleged Nigerian prince scammer actually is a Louisiana man police allege CRIME Remember the Nigerian prince scam? Cops say an American ran it The alleged Nigerian prince scammer actually is a Louisiana man police allege
Cristina Norman | 01 January, 2018, 05:07

Although thinking that a white, elderly man from Louisiana has anything to do with African royalty is a shameful scheme to fall for, the only thing worse than falling victim to this age-old scam is being in the position Michael Neu is now in as the crime's "fall guy".

The scam consist of an email from a representative of a Nigerian Prince claiming the recipient is a beneficiary of millions of dollars.

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".

The people behind these messages claim to be officials, businesspeople, or the surviving spouses of former government honchos in Nigeria or another country whose money is tied up temporarily. The scammers often ask for money upfront to pay "processing fees" or request the recipient's bank account details to transfer money directly.

'Nigerian prince' scammer arrested — but he's American

They said he participated in hundreds of scams and will face 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. All you need to do is provide your financial information to prove your identity, and you will receive your sizable inheritance.

The scammer posed as "Nigerian prince"-in the email scams and is believed to have Nigerian collaborators". Investigators are continuing to untangle Neu's web of scams, but many other leads also connect to people outside the US, the post says.

Police said he was the middle man who obtained money and then wired that money to people in Nigeria.

'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, " Fandal said. 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.

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