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Most people with an email address have likely heard of or been targeted by this scam or some variations of it.

Neu is facing 269 charges related to wire fraud and money laundering, according to the Huffington Post.

"So-called "Nigerian" email scams are characterized by convincing sob stories, unfailingly polite language, and promises of a big payoff," reports the Federal Trade Commission. They offer to transfer lots of money into your bank account if you will pay the fees or "taxes" they need to get their money...

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Police in Slidell, Louisiana, say they finally caught up with one of the people behind some of those emails.

In other cases, the letter-writer will claim that the recipient is named as a beneficiary in a will, and asks for personal information in order to send over an inheritance. Investigators are continuing to untangle Neu's web of scams, but many other leads also connect to people outside the USA, the post says.

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is", Chief Randy Fandal of the Slidell Police Department said in the statement. "'Never give out personal information over the phone, through email, cash checks for other individuals or wire large amounts of money to someone you don't know".

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Research by Microsoft in 2012 found that even though the "Nigerian prince" trope was well-known, 51 percent of scam emails sampled were still referring to Nigeria.

The people behind these messages claim to be officials, businesspeople, or the surviving spouses of former government honchos in Nigeria or another country whose money is tied up temporarily.

While such an invitation impresses most law-abiding citizens as a laughable hoax, millions of dollars in losses are caused by these schemes annually.

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