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Most of us have at one point or another heard about, if not been targeted by, the so-called “Nigerian Prince” email scheme that typically results in stolen identities and wiped out bank accounts for those unlucky enough to become victims — but now one of those schemes has been busted by police in Louisiana.
According to the Better Business Bureau, the “Nigerian Prince” scheme typically involves an unwitting individual receiving an email, fax or letter informing them that they are line for a million dollar plus windfall from a member of a royal family in Africa.
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The scam sometimes involves the recipient being named as a beneficiary in a will, or is asked to cash bogus cashier checks, or even help solicit donations for a worthy “cause.”
All the recipient has to do to receive this unexpected blessing is provide some personal information to confirm their identity, such as Social Security number, birth date, bank account numbers, and perhaps a small handling fee, in order to have the large sum released to them.
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Of course, the victims of the scam never receive the money they were promised, and the information they provided to the scammers is instead used to steal their identity and/or clear out their bank accounts, often destroying their credit in the process.
But according to WGNO, the Slidell Police Department just busted a middleman in one of those schemes who is most certainly neither Nigerian, nor a prince.
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Following an 18-month investigation, police arrested and charged 67-year-old Michael Neu with 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering for his role in a “Nigerian Prince” conspiracy.
American man Michael Neu has been arrested by police in Louisiana for scamming people by pretending to be a "Nigerian Prince."
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