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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home

Surely a parody of one of the classic Nigerian email scams? Either way, it's incredibly funny - apparently Air Force Major Abacha Tunde has been stuck on the Russian Space Station Soyuz since 1989...

In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

My assistance? How could I possible assist an international space rescue?

...my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.

Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 percent of the transferred sum, while 10 percent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 percent to other accounts in due course.

Aha, of course. My details are on the way. May your trust in me be repaid a thousand-fold. For both parties.

[via the Presurfer]