Nigerian Prince Scam Busted in Louisiana. The internet has made it possible for love (which lends itself to its own scams) to be found anywhere around the globe. It has opened the chances of one finding the love of one’s life, the job of one’s dreams, and untold other social and financial advantages. Well, some have taken it a bit further to exploit the desperation and greed of people.
Michael Neu, a “Nigerian prince” scammer is accused of pretending to be African royalty as part of a scam to trick people out of thousands of dollars. The Slidell Police Department in Louisiana says they have arrested and charged the scammer with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by sending emails to people and then claiming to be a Nigerian Prince. The email sent claimed that the recipients were the beneficiary of a large sum of money — but in order to receive their “inheritance”, they must first send him their bank account details. Police say people fall for these scams.
“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,” Slidell police said in a news release.