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Louisana Police Bust an Infamous Nigerian Email Spam Scammer (hothardware.com) 66

MojoKid writes: You have probably at some point been contacted via email spam by someone claiming you are the beneficiary in a will of a Nigerian prince. As the scam goes, all you have to do is submit your personal information and Western Union some funds to process the necessary paperwork, and in return you will receive millions of dollars. One of the people behind the popular scam, Michael Neu, has been arrested by police in Slidell, Louisiana.

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. According to Slidell police, some of the money obtained by Neu was wired to co-conspirators who do actually live in Nigera.

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Louisana Police Bust an Infamous Nigerian Email Spam Scammer

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    They should give him the old southern welcome for snake oil salesmen - hang him from a tree outside of town.
  • ...that the fella looks like he actually does? I would never have thought so myself. I must admit that my mind was overtaken by stereotypes.

    That is: The Nigerian Scammer must look like a [typical] Nigerian!

    The Nigerian folk must be bemused! They will closely be watching the news. For once, we can look and examine ourselves when it comes to the implicit biases we have among our fellow brethren.

    • by haruchai ( 17472 )

      ...that the fella looks like he actually does? I would never have thought so myself. I must admit that my mind was overtaken by stereotypes.

      That is: The Nigerian Scammer must look like a [typical] Nigerian!

      The Nigerian folk must be bemused! They will closely be watching the news. For once, we can look and examine ourselves when it comes to the implicit biases we have among our fellow brethren.

      They should just deport him to Nigeria. He can try using one of his own scam e-mails to get money to get out there, except for the first time, the scam will be true.

  • What? You don't have white guys of german descendant in Nigeria? He must be a nigerian prince, if its on the internet, it must be true.

    • You don't have white guys of german descendant in Nigeria?

      No, you'll have to go to Namibia for those folks . . . just down the road from Nigeria . . . a ways.

    • by DeVilla ( 4563 )
      This guy's just a middle man who launders the money. Face it, the Prince behind it all is untouchable. He obviously has diplomatic immunity.
  • by CRB9000 ( 647092 ) on Saturday December 30, 2017 @05:16PM (#55836161)
    ...I am writing to tell you about a dear friend who is trapped in a country by horrible forces in the States of Louisiana. He was to handle a large transfer of funds. But now we must have the money transferred and some for use in his legal issues. He gave us your most worthy name as a trusted dear friend who could assist and you can keep some of the money.
    • by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Saturday December 30, 2017 @06:52PM (#55836547)

      Allow me to introduce myself. I am a Sherriff in Louisiana. My department has recently impounded a large amount of stolen money ($153,210,093.12, to be exact) from a highly illegal internet swindling operation. Following the trial and conviction of the brigands, and after a dutiful records search it, appears that some of these funds were from a relative of yours. Unfortunately that relative is now deceased, and we believe you have legal title to approximately one third of the money once you establish your bona fides Please forward us your details and a $925 fee for the services of a court appointed trustee from the law firm of Dewy, Cheetam, and Howe, to process your claim and send you a check. If your include your bank account details we can wire the money to your account directly and can refund you half of the processing fee. Please do not delay as tax law changes under discussion may result in a loss of up to 30% of the money due you.

      Respectfully

      Larson E. Maggot
      Sherriff, Louisiana

    • by PPH ( 736903 )

      I am writing to tell you of a trusted friend and corporation that is currently entangled in tax litigation in the country of Ireland. My friend, the Apple corporation, is in possession of $230 billion, but cannot access these funds until $14 billion in taxes are paid to a corrupt governing body and other legal issues resolved. If you could assist in any way, some of this money could be transferred to you. Please provide an account number and other bank account details to facilitate the transfer of funds. Bu

  • Regrettably, flogging him to death is not likely to be among the sentencing options in the jurisdiction where he'll be charged.

    -jcr

  • Neu! made some very great krautrock albums back in the 70s. It's still some of the best driving music ever. I like to put this album on when I'm driving down Hwy 101 along the ocean, like I was earlier this morning.

    https://youtu.be/ubdHYhnersU [youtu.be]

    It was 78 degrees here today and people were surfing, which proves that global warming exists.

    • It's called the "Motorik beat" and Alien Sex Fiend totally copped this for "Now I'm Feeling Zombified," if anyone was wondering.
  • ... Navy.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Saturday December 30, 2017 @06:11PM (#55836397)

    My favorites were actually the ones which purported to be from the widow of either a banker or a military officer. Invariably they would initially talk about being a dear Christian woman, then invariably progress to asking for help with some illegal transaction - tax fraud, theft from the estate of a dead person, etc.

    I thought most of these 419 scammers had faded away... but apparently not.

    • My favorite was the one that asked, "Do you suffer from premature ejaculation?"

      Uh, no. I quite enjoy it, but she's a bit disappointed.
    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      I thought most of these 419 scammers had faded away... but apparently not.

      The morons that fall for this crap are still around, so the scammers are still around. Same as with all SPAM. Apparently, one in 10'000 SPAM emails gets a response and that is enough to make it worthwhile. If the idiots would stop answering, SPAM would have been long gone.

  • I was getting these scam messages back in the '90s... Has anyone actually fallen for this clearly bogus garbage?
    • Never underestimate...(you can fill in the rest).

    • I've heard of at least one person that went to Holland in order to meet up with one of these princes and no one have seen him since.
    • Plenty of people, to the point where I've seen claims that the take from 419 scams is in the top 5 contributors to the GDP of Nigeria. If that's true, it's a pretty big clue as to why the Nigerian government hasn't shut the whole thing down and tossed all these rat bastards into prison.

      People have traveled to Nigeria either to try and collect, or because they realize they've been scammed and they're trying to get their money back. Typically if you agree to meet the scammers in Nigeria, they show up at the

  • by Anonymous Coward

    While you guys are busting your butts in the office and coming up with ridiculous Scrum "stories" to satisfy your PHBs, I'll be retired on a tropical island thanks to the tens of millions USD I'm going to get thanks to my partnership with a former top official of the Nigerian regime. Which required timely action and a very modest investment on my part.

    And Donald Trump is going to Make America Great Again!!!

  • However it would seem that I'm the only person to feel that way so far. I also searched for happy and some related terms. Maybe I should have tried schadenfreude?

    Anyway, I'm always delighted to hear about anything that reduces the spam. At the same time, it makes me sad that the email spam problem persists after all these years. I think that's almost entirely due to the "Live and let spam" practices of the major email providers.

    If you've been paying attention, then you've noticed that certain categories of

  • "...He is a 67-year-old male possibly of German descent..."

    Come on, spit it out: be honest. "German descent" my backside.

    He's AMERICAN. He's a Yank. A US citizen.

    Like very many - quite likely most - of the criminals, terrorists and other nefarious individuals abusing the Internet.

    • Well, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Microsoft ARE American companies...
  • He wired money to his co-conspirators? He didn't even use bitcoin?
    How stupid can you be...
  • by ourlovecanlastforeve ( 795111 ) on Sunday December 31, 2017 @06:17AM (#55837949)
    > Louisana Police

    That had to have been very... very low hanging fruit
  • I wonder if anyone has turned down a multi million inheritance thinking it was a scam? Quite a few years ago a descendent of one of my grandfather's cousins died. He had never married, had no siblings and his parents had passed away before him. So my grandfather's decedents ended up inheriting his estate. That turned out to be a fair few people to divide it between and he was by no means rich but we all got something. Sadly I never knew that he existed until a letter came in the mail. If it had come via ema

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