A Louisiana male was arrested in tie with a “Nigerian prince” intrigue that has scammed people out of thousands of dollars, military announced Thursday.
Michael Neu, 67, faces 269 depends of handle rascal and income laundering after being taken into control following an 18-month investigation, according to the Slidell Police Department. Police pronounced Neu is suspected of being a scam’s “middle man” who performed income and “subsequently wired” supports to his co-conspirators in Nigeria.
According to a Federal Trade Commission, a phishing rascal starts with an email purporting to be from a high-ranking Nigerian central who seeks financial assistance or personal information to collect an purported inheritance.
Though a intrigue is mostly a boundary of late-night TV jokes, people have depressed plant to the scam, officials say.
“Most people giggle during a suspicion of descending for such a fraud, though law coercion officials news annual waste of millions of dollars to these schemes,” the Slidell military pronounced in a statement.
Authorities warn to be discreet when receiving questionable emails or phone calls from different people and titillate people not to divulge personal or financial information. Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal pronounced he hopes Neu’s arrest serves as a warning to a public.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it substantially is,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal pronounced in a expelled statement. “Never give out personal information over a phone, by e-mail, income checks for other individuals, or handle vast amounts of income to someone we don’t know. 99.9 percent of a time, it’s a scam.”