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Totally legit – Nigerian astronaut stuck in space for 25 years needs R47 million to come home
Posted by on Feb 17th, 2016

We are all familiar with the email from a Nigerian prince who has gold or money trapped in a foreign bank account, but cannot access it. With your assistance and a small fee you can help him get it and will be rewarded with millions. It’s the most common type of advance-fee or 419 scam and still people get duped. Some scammers are clearly not satisfied with the regular old story and have upped their game…behold the new benchmark.

A Nigerian astronaut that has been stuck in space for 25 years and his family want you to help bring him back to Earth. For just R47 million they will be able to bring him home and in return you will be given the R237 million he has accumulated in flight pay.

Totally legit.

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Here’s the text.

“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,


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 ”


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sammmy says:
February 02, 2016 at 8:59 am

They are doing the same thing with jobs in the uae…. they check ur profile on job sites, email saying based on ur cv that u eligible for a job at their hospital. Initially whe u check d site it seems legit… they offer a crazy salary with lotsa fringe benefits. The catch is they say that you would be responsible for the work permit n visa and then they will refund it once you have started working. Totally bogus.

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