Louisiana man charged in ‘Nigerian prince” internet scam

SLIDELL, La. – The police in New Orleans have arrested a 67-year-old man after they say he helped with the deception of the people of thousands of dollars as a middleman in a “Nigerian prince” internet scam.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Michael Neu, of Slidell, is confronted with 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

The phishing scam is an e-mail from a Nigerian official who claims that the recipient has been named a beneficiary in a will and inherit at least $1 million. The victim is then asked to send personal information that is used to con them of their money.

Neu has allegedly participated in hundreds of scam and have wired money to co-conspirators in Nigeria.

The investigation is ongoing.

Slidell is 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of New Orleans.

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