If you haven’t been living under a rock, you must have come across news of an online email scam wreaking havoc in people’s lives.
An email from a certain ‘Nigerian Prince’ has been promising folks a sizeable portion of his multi-million dollar inheritance. Do remember receiving such an email? If yes, how many?
Well, there have been too many emails and too many receivers. And people, sadly, felt lured into believing that the Prince was real and that his inheritance would make them several times richer.
facebook/Slidell Police Department
A fraudster has been arrested in the case who allegedly played a part in the scam. But he is neither Nigerian nor a prince!
After investigating for 18 long months, the Slidell Police Department arrested 67-year-old Michael Neu on 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.
‘The man is believed to have played a middleman in several such online financial scams’, read a Facebook statement by Slidell Police Department. A part of the money that the culprit promised innocent people was wired to co-conspirators in Nigeria. The Department doubted any of those scammers belonged to the royal family.
Randy Fandal, Slidell police chief, has warned people to be careful about such emails.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never give out personal information over the phone, through e-mail, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. 99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam,” he said.
Yes, people. Be extra careful while going through such emails. Don’t part with your precious money over an offer that sounds too tempting to be true.