This has been one of my favourite 419s (“Nigerian” advance fee fraud scams) for many years.
Apparently we’re supposed to believe that this poor chap has been stranded on a Soviet space station for so long he’s lost count of what year it is. If I’d known that astronauts were so well paid, I’d have considered a career change.
I’m not sure whether it’s really re-circulating or just picked up by a dubious web site, but here’s an article by Lester Haines for The Register from 2004 that quotes a version in full.
If it isn’t circulating, it’s still good for a laugh, and worth pointing out to the sceptically-challenged…
David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
ESET Senior Research Fellow