Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Alleged 'Nigerian Prince' Email Scammer Caught And Arrested

Alleged 'Nigerian Prince' Email Scammer Caught And Arrested

Yet due to logistics, the department says it will be "extremely difficult" to bring full justice to the situation "as many leads have led to individuals who live outside of the United States", making it highly unlikely that any of Neu's co-conspirators will become his co-defendants.

Neu has been charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.

The well-known scam often starts with an email from a "Nigerian prince" or an equivalent high ranking official who needs assistance to retrieve an inheritance.

A Louisiana man has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a "Nigerian prince" fraud scheme that defrauded people of thousands of dollars.

The 18-month investigation remains ongoing, authorities said. If the unsuspecting victim responds, the scammer proceeds to furnish personal information for the money transfer which is then used to steal funds.

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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.

Neu's arrest is serving as a reminder to people in the area not to fall prey to scams, explaied Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is", Fandal said, adding that "99.9 percent of the time, it's a scam". 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.

The scam was created to con money from people by claiming in emails and phone calls that they were named the beneficiary in a will.

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.

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