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7 November 2010

Those guys from Nigeria or Russia or wherever they are coming from these days are getting more and more clever.

Most people have probably learned that anybody who had a relative who was a high potentate in some African country and needs to get millions of dollars out of some bank and into the United States are not going to cut you in for thousands of dollars in thanks for your giving them access to all of your banking information (though, sadly, some older newebies to the internet still do fall for that scam, I fear).

They came up with a new one within the last few months.   You get a message supposedly from a friend of yours (they have your friend's name) saying that s/he has been mugged in some foreign country and all of his/her documents and money has been taken, and they need your help. 

The letter I got from my "friend" Mary Briggs (a name I have never heard of before), read:

I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,We came down here to England for a short vacation and i was mugged at gun point last night,at the park of the hotel where we lodged all cash,creditcards and cell were stolen off me, thank God we have our life and passport.

I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all,they asked us to wait for 3weeks but we can't wait till then. Our flight leaves in less than 4hrs from now and we are having problems settling the hotel bills.

The hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the hotel bills.you can speak with him through this number +447024032708 or +447024058752 his name is Richards James. we are freaked out at the moment,you can wire the money to me through westernunion all you need is Name on my passport and location below

Receivers Name:Mary Briggs
Location;59 Hide Park Gate - Kensington London  5dd  United Kingdom

I'll def refund your cash as soon as i get home.

(In addition to the total grammatical mess that this is, I particularly like that "Mary" is staying at "Hide" Park Gate!)

A friend of mine received a message similar to this, supposedly from a real friend of hers.  Fortunately she's intelligent enough to do some checking, but others have heard supposedly from their grandchildren...and what loving grandparent is going to refuse to help their grandchild in trouble?

I don't fall for stuff like this, but I was amused by the latest attempt to get my money, which came today:

We are writhing to know if it's true that you are DEAD? Because we received a notification from one MR. GERSHON SHAPIRO of USA stating that you are DEAD and that you have giving him the right to claim your funds. He stated you died on a CAR accident. He has been calling us regarding this issue, but we cannot proceed with him until we confirm this by not hearing from you after 7days. Be advised that we have made all arrangements for you to receive and confirm your funds without anymore stress, and without any further delays.

All we need to confirm now is your been DEAD Or still Alive. Because this
MAN'S message brought shock to our minds. And we just can't proceed with
him until we confirm if this is a reality OR not But if it happened we did not hear from you after 7days, then we say: MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE"


May the peace of the Lord be with you wherever you may be now.
Your Faitfully,
Mrs Farida Waziri

I love that Mrs. Waziri is e-mailing me to wish me perfect peace in the afterlife. 

Well, I'm sorry, but I truly am alive and well, though I am assuming that if I fail to respond to "my faitfully" Mrs. Waziri in 7 days, she will assume that I am dead and perhaps I won't hear from her ever again.

But perhaps there really is a small fortune waiting for me.   In that case, Mr. Gershon Shapiro is welcome to it, as a reward for for creativity, if nothing else.  Maybe he can send it to my grandchildren when they are mugged near Hide Park.

Congratulations to Tom and Laurel, who each ran the Santa Barbara marathon in under 5 hours today!   Tom beat his time from when he last ran the marathon six years ago (even though he's six years older!)

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"Here comes Daddy!"


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Trying to find a place to park at Trader Joe's--impossible!
The main problem is all those big cars parking
in small car spaces and taking up 1-1/2 slots!


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