Online 'Nigerian Prince' scammer caught ...not who you'd expect

(image: Slidell Police) Michael Neu of Slidell, Louisiana accused of posing as a 'Nigerian Prince' online to scam people out of their money.

The Slidell Police Department in Louisiana say they have arrested a "Nigerian prince'' scammer who is accused of pretending to be African royalty as part of a scam to trick people out of thousands of dollars.

Michael Neu was arrested and charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by sending emails to people and then claiming to be a Nigerian Prince who claims they are beneficiary of a large sum of money -- but in order to receive their "inheritance" they must first send him their bank account details. Police say people fall for these scams.

"Most people laugh at the thought of falling for such a fraud, but law enforcement officials report annual losses of millions of dollars to these schemes," Slidell police said in a news release.

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