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posted 11-24-2004 07:01 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the benefit of anyone that has not seen or received this spoof/spam email from the fraudsters, here is a copy of the email.

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.

It still makes me laugh, very imaginative!!!


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From: Sandpoint, ID, USA
Registered: Mar 2003

posted 11-24-2004 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Sucks to be him. Bummer.


Hart Sastrowardoyo

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From: Toms River, NJ
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 11-24-2004 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm real tempted to find a photo of someone in a Sokol suit - anyone, could even be Tereshokva - and send it to the address asking for it to be signed.

And if they ask for 3,000,000 American dollars for an autograph, well, we won't complain about Aldrin's A-11 completion prices again, will we?


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From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 11-25-2004 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking about MAROONED ... ;-)


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From: West Jordan, Utah USA
Registered: Dec 1999

posted 11-25-2004 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope nobody was suckered in by this scam!


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From: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Registered: Aug 2004

posted 11-25-2004 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the best one I've seen yet, and usually when I get these in my email, I send them an email telling them that I'm REALLY interested and how can we proceed.

They usually bite hard, then give me directions to what bank acct info they need and when I respond, I explain that because of all the internet theft, I will only give them my bank acct info via the telephone. Then I give them the phone number to various FBI field offices, which apparently they do quite often by their emails explaining that the people on the phone, have never heard of me or my associates I.P. Freely, Mike Hunt or Jack Meeoff.

Just something to amuse me.



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From: Vilano Beach, FL, USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 11-25-2004 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote mean it''s....FAKE?!?!?


skippy in space

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From: Aberdeen Scotland
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-08-2004 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skippy in space   Click Here to Email skippy in space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We could have some fun


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From: Houston, TX
Registered: May 2001

posted 12-08-2004 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is hilarious, Ray!

Steve Procter

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From: Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 12-08-2004 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey guys,

Don't laugh... I've had an autograph request for this guy out for some time


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