A 67-year-old American man has been swindling people out of their money as the middleman of a ‘Nigerian Prince’ internet scam, police are alleging.
Michael Neu, who lives 50KMs outside New Orleans, is facing 269 counts of fraud and a count of money laundering.
The scam is said to involve getting an email from a Nigerian official who claims the receiver has been named as the beneficiary in a will and will inherit at least $1 million. The victim is then asked to send personal information which is used to con them out of their money.
Neu has allegedly participated in the scam hundreds of times and would wire the money to his co-conspirators in Nigeria.
The investigation continues.