A Bloke Behind The Nigerian Prince Scam Emails Has Been Caught

Neither Nigerian nor a prince.

A Bloke Behind The Nigerian Prince Scam Emails Has Been Caught Image: Slidell Police Department

Surprise, surprise: those old Nigerian prince emails might have come from someone who was neither Nigerian nor a prince.

Police officers in Slidell, Louisiana - near New Orleans - have arrested a 67-year-old man, Michael Neu, for a series of international scams relating to those Nigerian prince emails.

The scam - which asks you for a transfer fee so he can offload some of his riches to you - has seen Neu charged with a whopping 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

While Neu clearly isn't Nigerian, the operation certainly had its links - police allege he was a middle man and has allegedly wired money to partners in Nigeria thanks to the operation.

Slidell police chief Randy Fandal urged people to be careful with their personal information.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Fandal said,

"99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam."

Who would have thought it wasn't legit?

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