I’m sure you’ve probably seen the “Nigerian Prince” scam in your inbox a few times. Who would’ve thought it was this guy!?
According to NBC News, authorities sniffed out 67-year-old Michael Neu as the decade-long perpetrator of the famed “Nigerian prince.”
The source says Neu is facing 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Note: This means that, at the least, 269 people fell for the scam — thinking they were going to get several million dollars wired into their bank accounts from someone who doesn’t know them. NBC News reports on the situation as follows.
“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.”
However, the source also mentions Neu had “co-conspirators” IN Nigeria, as well. Apparently, authorities have been investigating Michael Neu and his network for the last 18 months, and it’s still ongoing. This scam has been going on since the early 2000’s, honestly. If you were new to the Internet at the time, it might have been understandable to fall for such scams. But nowadays, with all the nonsense happening online, there’s almost no excuse to fall for this. These days, people should know no one is trying to wire them millions of dollars as a method of moving funds.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal has warned the public to never give out personal information over the phone or via email — and definitely never wire money to anyone you don’t know. Fandel mentions as follows. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam.”
All in all, let us know if you’ve seen this scam in your email or inbox before. If you have any comments, feel free to share via our Facebook page.
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