Scam still works in Louisiana
Inspector Knacker of the Louisiana Yard has fingered the collar of a Nigerian prince who has been scamming people in the state. The only thing about Michael Neu is that he is not a prince, nor even from Nigeria.
He is a 67-year-old white guy who is facing 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for his alleged role as a middleman in the scheme. Following an 18 month investigation, Slidell police say Neu participated in hundreds of financial transactions involving phone and internet scams designed to convince Americans rather dim to part with their cash.
Apparently, some of the cash Neu got was wired to co-conspirators who live in Nigeria which is making it tricky for investigators. Slidell police chief Randy Fandal hopes the arrest will bring attention to the scam and serve as a cautionary tale to Slidell residents.
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never give out personal information over the phone, through email, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. 99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam", Fandal said in a statement.
Nigerian scammers still do a roaring trade from those who really should not be allowed access to their own money.