Bei dem schlechten englisch, den absurden Wünschen und der Tatsache, dass es sich schlicht um kriminellen Betrug handelt, vergisst man viel zu leicht, dass Scam Mails auch irgendwie eine sehr genuine Kunstform sind. Immerhin geht es hier um das Erzählen von (eher weniger als mehr) plausiblen Geschichten, um das Wecken von Emotionen, Empathie und Gier, um das Umgarnen des Lesers, um epische Dramaturgien und eindeutige Pointen.
Jetzt hat die Scam Mail Branche auf jeden Fall ihr persönliches Citizen Kane oder Ulysses veröffentlicht: Nigerianischer Astronaut, steckt seit Jahren im Weltraum fest, hat ne Menge angespart, braucht dringend Geld, um nach Hause zu kommen und dich an seinem Reichtum teilhaben zu lassen. Weird SciFi-Shit. Einfach großartig!
Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home
Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
Dear Mr. Sir,
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
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.
Please acknowledge the receipt of this message via my direct number (…) only.
Yours Sincerely, Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
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