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Old 04-17-2004, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hows this for a nice piece of spam? And its so exciting! I *always* wanted to be "Mr. Sir."

Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home
Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
Plot 555
Misau Street
PMB 437
Garki, Abuja, FCT NIGERIA

Dear Mr. Sir,

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.

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.

Consequently, 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.

Kindly expedite action as we are behind schedule to enable us include downpayment in this financial quarter.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this message via my direct number 234 (0) 9-234-2220 only.

Yours Sincerely, Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
tip@nasrda.gov.ng

http://www.nasrda.gov.ng/
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Old 04-17-2004, 05:49 PM   #2
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Wow, those African astronauts make a pretty good living. $15M over 14 years of work means he's making something like $600K/yr and 8% interest. Must be due to the high cost of living in space.
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Re: Haw Haw Haw...truly creative...

TH, did you actually get that email? I thought it was a joke, a satire of the Nigerian 419 scam. I saw it on The Register:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/16/cosmic_419er/

I didn't think anyone was actually sending it out. That's too funny. What's sad is that somebody somewhere may fall for it.

For those who don't know what the Nigerian 419 scam is, here are a couple of links, the second being a site dedicated to baiting and scamming the scammers, usually humorously.

http://www.419eater.com/html/419faq.htm
http://www.419eater.com/

(These links are down at the moment, probably due to Slashdot.org linking to them, but they will probably be back up Sunday.)
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Re: Haw Haw Haw...truly creative...

I didnt get it as spam...just as a forward with a wink...

If I remember right, 419 is the code section of nigerian law that deals with scams like the original nigerian fraud spam...

Made me laugh my butt off though. Anyone got some spare butt reattachment hardware?
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Reminds me of the old joke about a baby born
with a golden screw in his navel. When they
removed the screw his ass fell off. He, He,

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You know, that sounds good.

I need a golden screw.
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Dear Dr. Tunde,

Thank you so much for this opportunity to participate in this international-interspacial event.

I will be wiring you the requested funds via my other computer (Commodore 64). It is a bit slower that my current Dell model, but you should receive it within 14 years.

Thanks for your patience.
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