'Nigerian prince' scammer is allegedly a 67-year-old American man

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 2, 2018, 2:44 pm IST
Updated Jan 2, 2018, 2:44 pm IST
The scam is one of many causing law enforcement millions of dollars in losses annually.
US police arrest American man posing as a Nigerian prince to swindle money from people. (Photo: Facebook / Slidell Police Department)
 US police arrest American man posing as a Nigerian prince to swindle money from people. (Photo: Facebook / Slidell Police Department)

Police in Louisiana (US) have arrested a 67-year-old man who was allegedly part of the "Nigerian prince" email fraud scam.

However, what has caught the world's attention is the man Michael Neu, of Slidell, is not Nigerian or royalty. He’s an American.

 

The Slidell Police Department made the arrest after an 18-month-long investigation.  He is suspected of working with a group in Nigeria to obtain money from unsuspecting and vulnerable people, the Slidell Police Department said on Facebook.

Neu is facing 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

Investigation into the "Nigerian Prince" scam is on-going. However, police say the matter is challenging, as some of the individuals do not live in the United States (US).

The scam is one of many causing law enforcement millions of dollars in losses annually.

"If someone call’s you claiming to be an official of a government agency, your local utility company, a law enforcement official, or anything similar, ask for a callback number and verify the person is legitimate," the Slidell Police Department urge in a Facebook post.

Read the entire Facebook post about the scam and arrest:





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