Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Good 419

There should be a 419-awards. If there were, the writer of this one would at least get an IV to the ceremony, if not win a prize - perhaps in the category of 'Cosmic 419'. Thanks OO for forwarding it.

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

Dear 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 for 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
mailto:[email protected]


The Pseudo-Independent 6:47 pm  

"...a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return
flight to bring him back to Earth...

Dear Dr. Bakare Tunde & Dr. Bakare Tunde

Why would Major Abacha Tunde wish to come home after almost 20 years?


Akin 6:52 pm  

Hello Jeremy,

I am quite impressed, a Nigerian is the longest serving astronaut in space probably living on space cakes, moon rocks and solar flares.

Shame he has still not returned which makes it 18 years now, bringing the pay and interest close to $20million.

It is an outrage that a Nigerian's place can be taken by return cargo but whoever believes this tall tale definitely deserves to be swindled, unfortunately.


Dele,  9:04 pm  

Lol. Reminds me of a story I once read on Atutupoyoyo's blog

Found the link:


Talatu-Carmen 9:36 pm  

absolutely, brilliantly fantastic. I second the nomination.... And then perhaps we could make a Nollywood film of the honourable Astronaut Major Alhaji Abacha Tunde's, B.S., A.S.S., life story....

Anengiyefa 10:27 pm  

Going by the number of stories and comments one reads about Nigerians and 419, it is highly unlikely that there are still people on this earth who will fall for such a story as this...except of course those who have been living in outer space for more than a decade...

But seriously, one wonders why this Dr Bakare Tunde couldn't employ his considerable talents more constructively.

Anonymous,  10:34 pm  

Any idiot that wants to "help" a complete stranger from an email does not deserve to hold on to their money (greedy bastards all, bet they think "Africans are so stupid , they "need" my help). More fool you. Same goes for online love and then all of a sudden he is kidnapped or he has been in a ghastly motor accident but survived nd now his doctor needs money in order to commence surgery.
Some people are so stupid you wonder how they manage not to walk into traffic.
P.S. this is the silliest I have seen so far. If you can believe this scam, you are a monkey's uncle.

babatunde 7:25 am  

I think we should contact Dr Tunde ASAP before the air supply on the space station runs out.

Ms. Catwalq 6:01 pm  

please someone clap for this guy. Half the info i no comprehend sef...

Anonymous,  12:01 am  

Daang, u mean the unfortunate astronaut abacha Tunde hasnt been laid for over 18yrs?

I think we have a more serious issue on on hands than just trying to bring him back.. lol :-)

Anonymous,  11:15 pm  

Excellent! Nollywood needs fertile minds like his writing scripts.

Anonymous,  2:32 pm  

"gound control to Major Tunde..."

...floating in a most peculiar way...

Bukky,  9:09 pm  

Lagos We Have A Problem........

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