I am sure you regret deleting all those emails you got from that Nigerian prince.
$43 million in U.S. dollar notes was uncovered in an apartment in Nigeria by the country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
And now everyone on internet is claiming the money.
— Iwan Hughes (@IwanHughes2001) April 16, 2017
— Patrick McDevitt (@pfmcdevitt) April 15, 2017
@ctvedmonton guess I shoulda replied to the emails..🤔 fuuk..hindsight
— Joey Oddessa 🇨🇷 (@MMAOdds) April 16, 2017
@ctvedmonton Okay, okay, my credit card number is 4053 2311 3441 2211, so please do go ahead and release the funds to my bank account.
— The Ottawa Ross (@ottaross) April 16, 2017
@ctvedmonton Must be the home of the fabled Nigerian Prince we have heard about…
— Notminenotnownotever (@notminenotnow) April 16, 2017
@CNN Maybe I should email that Nigerian prince back, after all 🤔
— Kristina Montesano (@ohthatkristina) April 14, 2017
The news went viral after social media users picked up on the fact that the event occurred in Nigeria — a reference to the many scam emails often sent from a “Nigerian royal figure” soliciting users to transfer thousands of dollars with the promise of a larger reward at the end.
According to the EFCC, in addition to the U.S. dollars, $75,000 worth of Nigerian currency and $35,000 in British pound sterling were also found “neatly arranged” inside fireproof cabinets hidden behind wooden panels.
Investigations are ongoing, said, Nigerian officials.
Nigeria is ranked 136 out of 176 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index in 2016.