As I’ve referred many times to my favourite 419 scam (even more so than the James Bond scenario I described a couple of posts ago), concerning the repatriation of the Nigerian astronaut stranded on a secret Soviet space station since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I’m overjoyed to see that it’s still alive and kicking. As is the astronaut, apparently, though there are a few logical flaws in the story.
Can it really be cheaper to keep sending him supplies per Progress than to send a Soyuz to bring him home? And can I really trust the calculation of his back-pay of $15m US when the scammer hasn’t noticed that he’s apparently been there at least 22 years, not 14?
Still, I wouldn’t want to understate the zero-gravity of the situation. On the other hand, from what I’ve heard of the current state of Lagos, I suspect that a few days back there would probably have Air Force Major Abacha Tunde begging to be sent back to the peace and quiet of a secret space station. Perhaps they’ll let him bring it back with him.
Hat tip to Rob Slade for the pointer.
ESET Senior Research Fellow