Alleged 'Nigerian prince' email scammer arrested in Louisiana


A man in Louisiana was arrested in connection with the infamous "Nigerian prince" email scam that has pried millions of dollars from gullible Americans' pocketbooks over the years.

Most of you reading this have probably at some point been contacted by someone claiming you are the beneficiary in a will of a Nigerian prince.

This is not how we pictured a Nigerian prince would look.

Michael Neu, 67, was charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering after the Slidell Police Department's Financial Crime Division following their 18-month investigation.

In Louisiana, a man is accused of engaging in such a scam.

Police said Neu is suspected to have been the "middle man" and participated in hundreds of financial transactions, involving phone and internet scams, created to con money from victims across the United States.

The investigation is still pending due to its global reach, but authorities said the money Neu allegedly stole had been wired to a third-party in Nigeria. The information can then be used to withdraw funds from the victim's accounts.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says the case should serve as a warning for people to be careful with their personal information.

Police say the investigation is on-going, but it is extremely hard because many leads have led to individuals who live outside of the U.S.

Most people with an email address have likely heard of or been targeted by this scam or some variations of it.

Law enforcement agencies across the nation also are warning people of calls from scammers purporting to be police or court officials demanding payment via phone of bogus fines or warrants.