More than $43 million U.S. dollars was found in a Nigerian apartment last Wednesday.
The country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission made the discovery after they received a tip that someone had been moving large bags in and out of the apartment.
According to the EFCC, in addition to the $43 million U.S. dollars, authorities discovered $75,000 worth of Nigerian currency and $35,000 in British pound sterling. The money was neatly arranged inside fireproof cabinets hidden behind wooden panels.
The announcement was made on the EFCC Facebook page.
The news began trending on social media when people realized the money was found in Nigeria, a reference to the many scam emails people have received from a “Nigerian royal figure.” In the emails, people are asked to send thousands of dollars with the promise of getting more money back later.
I've gotten a lot of spam, but Ive never actually received an email claiming to be from a Nigerian prince, until now pic.twitter.com/7HmirOZdHG
— Alex Gill (@thealexgill) April 1, 2015
I think this is mine, I got a legimate looking email a few weeks back about it. Please contact pic.twitter.com/NAgj6Kdixr
— Iwan Hughes (@IwanHughes2001) April 16, 2017
Nigerian officials said that investigations are ongoing.