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A 60 – 40 Split

It’s Time To Play LETS COUNT THE TYPOS!

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Ebrahim Abdul Hamid, a senior staff with National Bank of Dubai Fujerah branch, I have urgent business proposition to discus with you.
A British Oil consultant and contractor with the Kruger Gold Company, Mr. Raymond Beck made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at USD$3,000,000.00 (Three Million United State Dollars) in my branch.
Upon maturity of this deposit, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Kruger Gold Company that Mr. Raymond Beck died in a plane crash along with his wife in a plain crash along with his wife in Egypt Air Flight 990, 1999 air crash. (For more information about this crash and person you can contact this website; <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm
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Since we got this information about his death and on further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Raymond Beck did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of USD$3,000,000.00 (Three Million United States Dollars) is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one has ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of United Arab Emirates, at the expiration of 10(TEN) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the (U.A.E) Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Raymond Beck so that the fruits of this old man’s labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/ administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
I am waiting for your urgent response.

Regards.
Mr. Ebrahim Hamid.
Please respons with this email; ima.moron@ymail.com

Wow. How many clues did you spot?
Plain crashed in 1999…

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Questions From Apple Users*

Today I am going to answer a few questions submitted by readers, in the Q’s and their A’s format. apple_logo_rainbow_6_color

Q: Will the programs I have on my old Mac run on a new “Leopard” system?
A: There are enough differences in the new OS X 10.5 that some programs may need to be replaced with the latest versions that are “Leopard-compatible” (Norton AV often needs this, for example) to run at their best. The keyword is “may”: most programs will work just fine once you visit Apple Update.
Please note– if you intend to migrate your programs and data from an old machine to the new Leopard machine, make sure you have updated all the software (programs) on the old machine before initiating the migration. Leopard will/can refuse to accept programs that aren’t current.

Q: I am thinking about buying a new iMac and I was told Apple runs on Intel circuits now. Does this mean I would be vulnerable to viruses, worms and spyware like Windows? What security programs would I need?
A: While it is true that Apple runs on the same type of “circuits” as Windows PC’s now, it is not (generally) your hardware that is vulnerable to malware and hackers, but the lines of software “code” (programming) that make up your applications/programs.
Now to the second part of your question… The lines of code that make up the Mac operating system (the most recent being OSX 10.5 “Leopard”) are not currently being targeted by the bad guys.. simply because there’s too few machines running it (and the ones that are [generally] do not contain credit card number databases). However, some of the programs you would have on your Mac are being targeted for exploits– Adobe Reader, QuickTime (a media format/player) and the Safari browser, notably. (None of which you need, btw.)
And now the last part: as things stand, today, there have been worms distributed via P2P “file sharing”, rogue “cleaners”, and there’s now an “iBotnet” of infected Macs. This new trend will only increase as Apple’s marketshare grows. Mac users should not think themselves immune.

Today’s free link: There’s been some nifty new features added to Gmail, which has been getting some attention. The Official Gmail Blog has the details.

Today’s free download: I’m keeping with a Macintosh theme today, and so today’s app is for Apple users. I don’t want it said that I never think of you guys! Watch TV on your iMac with Miro, a C/Net Editor’s Choice. Description: “Democracy Player is a free and open source internet TV/video podcast application, with a beautiful, easy to use interface. You can subscribe to any Internet TV channel, including video podcasts, video RSS feeds, bittorrent feeds, and video blogs. A built-in Channel Guide lists hundreds of channels of all types, all free to subscribe to. Browse videos, download, and watch fullscreen– all in the same application.

* Folks, please don’t write to tell me “Norton is evil”. Read the reviews for NIS 2008 [and NIS 2009]. It may open your eyes.

* Orig post 09/18/08

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