The Nigerian Prince Sugar Daddy Email Spammer Has Finally Been Busted
This may come as a shocker, but Neu is not a prince, nor is he Nigerian. He is a 67-year-old male possibly of German descent (based on his last name) who is facing 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for his alleged role as a middle man in the scheme. Following an 18-month investigation, Slidell police say Neu participated in hundreds of financial transactions involving phone and Internet scams designed to con money from victims across the nation.
This is not how we pictured a Nigerian prince would look. (Source: Slidell Police)
According to Slidell police, some of the money obtained by Neu was wired to co-conspirators who do actually live in Nigera. The police say the investigation is ongoing, and also "extremely difficult" since many of the leads point to suspected perpetrators living outside the United States. That said, Slidell police chief Randy Fandal hopes the arrest will bring attention to the scam and serve as a cautionary tale to Slidell residents.
While that sounds like advice Captain Obvious would dole out, law enforcement officials report that scammers extract millions of dollars from victims each year on these types of scams.
Thumbnail Image Source: Facebook via Slidell Police