December 30, 2017
In a shocking development, it has been revealed that the famed Nigerian prince who wants to wire you millions to safeguard for him is actually not Nigerian at all.
He’s from Louisiana.
A Louisiana man was arrested in connection with the “Nigerian prince” scheme that has scammed people out of thousands of dollars, police announced Thursday.
Michael Neu, 67, faces 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering after being taken into custody following an 18-month investigation, according to the Slidell Police Department. Police said Neu is suspected of being the scam’s “middle man” who obtained money and “subsequently wired” funds to his co-conspirators in Nigeria.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the phishing scam begins with an email purporting to be from a high-ranking Nigerian official who seeks financial assistance or personal information to retrieve an alleged inheritance.
Though the scheme is often the butt of late-night TV jokes, people have fallen victim to the scam, officials say.
“Neu” is an almost exclusively Jewish name. I am sure this guy is Jewish, but I can’t confirm that, technically. So we’ll just say “presumed Jewish” until someone confirms it. I imagine he was an active Jew. Very often, Jew criminals are also ultra-religious, particularly when it comes to these sorts of money scams.
It will be interesting to hear about the details of the connection to Nigerians.
Presumably, he had to have someone on the ground there. But how did he meet them? How much of a cut were they getting?
We haven’t even heard how long this scam has been going on.
I’m betting he invaded the industry and took it over.
It used to be run by actual Nigerians.