A "Nigerian prince" scammer, accused of pretending to be African royalty to trick people out of thousands of dollars, has been arrested.
Our affiliate WPMI reports that Michael Neu was charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering after his arrest by the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana.
Neu allegedly sent emails to people claiming to be a Nigerian prince, and beneficiary of a large sum of money. As part of the scam, Neu requests victims send their bank account details to receive their "inheritance."
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.
Our affiliate WPMI contributed to this report.