Nigerian scam involving stranded astronaut targets Internet users
Nigerian scams often involve a prince, but years ago somebody went above and beyond and penned a letter asking for help in retrieving a stranded astronaut.
That plea for $3 million assistance has resurfaced and getting widespread media attention.
The letter itself tells a story about a Nigerian astronaut who was rocketed to a top secret Soviet space station in 1989 but bumped from the ride home.
Plans to retrieve him later fell through the cracks when the Soviet Union crumbled.
The $15 million he is owed can't be claimed until he returns, but those who offer financial assistance towards his rescue will be richly rewarded.
Surprisingly, the letter passes a fact check on many levels.
Parts about Soviet missions, spacecraft used, and, of course, the dissolution of the USSR all have elements of truth to them.
Further, a cosmonaut really did have to postpone his return due to political upheaval.
While impressively researched and executed, make no mistake – the letter is still a scam.
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