NBCNews A 67-year-old Louisiana man swindled people out of thousands of dollars as a middleman in a “Nigerian prince” internet scam, according to police. Michael Neu, of Slidell, Louisiana, is facing 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. The scam involves getting an email from a Nigerian official who claims the recipient has been named a beneficiary in a will and will inherit at least $1 million. The victim is then asked to send personal information which is used to con them out of their money. Neu has allegedly participated in hundreds of scams and has wired money to co-conspirators in Nigeria. The 18-month investigation remains ongoing, authorities said. Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal warned people to never give out personal information over the phone or via email or to wire money to anyone they don’t know. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Fandal said, adding that “99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam.”
They finally got him! It turns out the Nigerian Prince who scared your grandparents out of thousand of dollars was not African royalty after all, he was 67-year-old Michael Neu of Slidell, Louisiana, and he has been arrested on 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. The internet scam involved a man claiming to be a Nigerian Prince who inherited lots of money, but needed the personal information someone in the United States of to claim his inheritance, as certain necessary identification documents are not issued in Nigeria. In exchange for the victim’s personal information, they were supposed to get a large payout from the Nigerian Prince once he received his inheritance, but instead Michael Neu used these stolen identities to steal thousands of dollars from his victim. The internet’s famous Nigerian Prince has been dethroned, we here at SportSmasher.com hope that Michael Neu never sees the light of day again, because if you prey on the elderly and steal what little money many of them have saved up after a long life of hard work you truly are a scumbag.