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Yesterday, we ran a story about Prince Jafaru A. Manga and his inventive email which offered people the chance to make a fortune by allowing him to put Nigerian funds into your account. Like fools, we dismissed it. As did many of you.

We name and shame the following readers: Peter Fallon, Alan J. Wylie, David Shepherd, Alistair J Edwardes, Mark S Edwardes, Simon, Ken Shimmin, Simon Green, Noel Hartshorn, Vince d'Eon - who were among many others (and chosen by random) that mocked the scheme.

But check out this morning's papers and what do we find but "British banks the source of dictator's corrupt £84m", "UK banks accused over Abacha cash movement". It would appear that UK banks funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from the former president of Nigeria Sani Abacha. And we think we might have blown it. Damn. Looks like it's back to writing IT stories.

[This part of the story is for those who suffer from an irony bypass. We are joking. This is not a real money-making scheme. You follow it if you want, but don't come crying to us when it goes wrong. We will laugh in your face.] ®

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