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A Nigerian businessman has spoken of his shock at being conned out of his life's savings by a British gang via e-mail.
Kaduna Sawsam, 36, said he received an e-mail from a man claiming to be a prince who needed help transferring money.
Police have said that fake e-mails from the UK to Africa trying to scam money from unsuspecting members of the public are on the rise.
In this instance, the gang of con artists were masquerading as a member of the royal family.
Mr Sawsam, who works in IT and has never had a girlfriend, said: "The prince said his name was Edward and he was from England. I'm so stupid - thinking about it now, I can't believe I was so gullible to believe such a place existed.
"This prince Philip said his mother, the Queen, was having some financial trouble and that he wanted to help her out.
"He asked me if he could temporarily transfer some money into my bank account and as a reward I would get a cut of the cash.
"But when I gave him my details he wiped me out - all $100 dollars of it.
"The thing that hurt the most was that he said he wanted to be my friend and that he had chosen me especially because he knew he could trust me.
Lisa Brown, an expert in international fraud, said: "Unfortunately this sort of con is very common and, in this case, has clearly been pulled by a slick operator.
"E-mails will be sent to Nigeria with a ludicrous story from a so-called English prince who needs their help.
"Most people are clever enough to know that the royal family are too stupid to know how to send an e-mail, let alone set-up an international money transfer.
"Sadly, though, some people do fall for it and the gangs get their money."
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A Nigerian prince has spoken of his shock after being conned out of all his savings by a gang of scammers in the UK.
Prince Kaduna Sawsam said a man called Keith, claiming to be from Sunderland, contacted him via e-mail wanting to be his friend.
Prince Kaduna said Keith had found his profile online and thought they could become close friends.
As is common in this sort of scam, the gang claimed to have found prince Kaduna online, however he insisted the only online profile he has is his Facebook but said that it was private.
Admitting to being the lonely sort, Prince Kaduna struck up a friendship with Keith, who said he was an IT manager in the Civil Service, with the pair swapping e-mails regularly.
"But soon into the friendship," the Prince revealed, "Keith e-mailed me saying he had just inherited a fortune from his uncle.
"He said that he wanted to avoid paying tax, so asked if he could pay the money into my bank account for a few days and that I could get some of the money."
The prince sent 'Keith' his bank details but was amazed to discover the next day that his bank account was empty.
"I was devastated," said the prince. "I thought we were friends but he just wanted me for my money.
Sharon Shifty, a reformed con artist, said that the prince was just one of many Nigerians now falling for the scammers' tricks.
She said: "It would seem that no Nigerian can open his or her e-mail without someone like 'Keith' trying to be-friend them.
"Sadly, there are the gullible few who, to be honest, are so stupid they deserve to lose their money."
The prince added: "The worst thing is, I'm actually in the same situation now - my father has just been deposed and I need somewhere to hide some money.
"Before this happened, I was really hoping Keith could have helped me out."