‘Nigerian prince’ finally arrested: 67yo American behind 100s of scam emails

The mastermind who claimed to be Nigerian royalty in order to conduct a well-known ‘phishing’ email scam has been arrested in Louisiana.

Michael Neu, 67, was arrested this week following an 18-month investigation by Slidell Police Department’s Financial Crimes Division. He has been charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering and is believed to have set up hundreds of scam email accounts costing unassuming citizens thousands of dollars.

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  • Clausewitz

    I always looked at those Nigerian Prince e-mails as nothing more than a stupidity tax.

    • Watchman

      I’ve read a thesis that the scammers don’t care that the vast majority of recipients of these scams immediately recognize them as scams because they want this ‘inverse Turing Test’ to select just those gullible enough to fall for the whole scam. By the target self-selecting themselves as easy marks they can spend less effort on those who are not eventually be conned and spend more effort on the really gullible.

  • CodexCoder

    Hang him from the local lamp post, then leave the corpse for the birds. Well, it would send a message, wouldn’t it?

  • barryjr

    If you are stupid enough to fall for these you deserve it.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    I feel no pity for people who fall for that.

    There was a story years ago about a lawyer who actually fell for it twice
    and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      Thier greed screws up thier brain.

      • Clausewitz

        Two lawyers are sitting on a park bench. A beautiful woman runs by on her morning run. The one lawyer turns to the other and says, “Boy I’d love to screw her”. The second lawyer looks back at him and says, “Out of what?”.

  • Brett_McS

    I’m betting that John Podesta was one of his victims.

  • J. C.

    Looks like race really is a ‘social construct’, eh??? 😉