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A Holiday Game

In the spirit of being “on holiday”, I thought it might be fun to play some games… Ready people?

The Guess The Sender Game


Sorry “Someone”, I didn’t get your card this year…
(Nor did I apply to any schools.. ahem.)

The Different Meaning To ‘WTF’ Game

(In today’s game, the “w” stands for “who”)


Sorry “Amora”, I didn’t read your plea for help… Hope you survived, though.

The $500 – per -week Is Not Enough Game


Sorry, “2ndChance”, I don’t click for less than !!!$14 MILLION USD!!! .. which is why I did click on the below..

The Let’s Count The Typo’s! Game

Bank of Canada – Banque de Canada
TEL/Fax: Highly confidential

Attn: Sir,

Courtesy of business opportunity, I take liberty anchored on strong desire to solicit for your assistance on this mutual beneficiary and risk free transaction with you, which I hope you give urgent attention.

To be precise; I am Dr. Huck Laman Senior Manager of Bank of Canada – Banque de Canada. In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of US$ 43 Million(Forty Three Million United State Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our customers who died along with his entire family in 1988 Lockerbie Pan American Airline plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applied for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking procedures, but unfortunately to no avail and nobody has come forward to claim this money.

Therefore upon this discovery that I and other two officials in my department, we now decide to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting you; We want you to purportedly present your good self as the next of kin or relation of the deceased so that we can release the fund (money) into your account for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and again we don’t want the money to go into the government account as unclaimed bill .The banking law and procedures herein stipulates that any accounts abandoned or dormant for a period of some years is subject to be closed and all money contained therein will be forfeited to the government treasury account. Now it is being speculated that the above sum will be transferred into government treasury account as unclaimed fund on or before April 2011. The reason for you to present your good self as the next of kin is occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner.

Mode of Sharing After the successful completion of the transfer is as follows, for the role you will be expected to play in the whole exercise,  we have agreed to give you Thirty (30%) of the total sum, and 10% has been set aside for the expenses we are going to encounter by both parties in the process of this transaction and the remaining 60% shall be for my colleagues and I in support of the aforementioned, you are urged to reply this letter indicating your readiness and interest to participate in this business.

After your reply, you will be advised on the next step afterwards. I quite believe that you will protect our interest by keeping this business top secret and confidential. Your interest will be equally protected, as we must maintain maximum confidentiality.

Sorry we cannot declare our official e-mail addresses and telephone numbers due to security reasons.

Trust to hear from you on this private email address E-mail:

Yours Faithful
Dr. Huck Laman

Sorry “Dr. Huck”, I’m just not a good secret keeper.
I might have tried a little harder to be one but, anyone who knows me would have known better than to insult me with an offer of 30%. I don’t sign as “next of kin” for less than half.. and you eat the expenses.

The What Did All These Games Have In Common? Game

That’s right, you guessed it! They all arrived Christmas day.

The Internet invites the “world-wide” into your home, (.www stands for “world wide web” after all) and some of the people out there in the “world-wide” are not very nice — are scuzbuckets actually. I hope you constantly remember that.. and tell your friends too..

Well, that’s enough games for today. Thanks for playing!

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  1. Paul,

    Now that was a good laugh!

    How crazy would someone have to be to believe this stuff? Don’t answer that. :)

    I know there are enough people who do believe, to make this type of scam email a continuing profitable venture for cyber-crooks.

    What a crazy World – what a crazy Internet!



    Comment by Bill Mullins | December 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Bill,
      It is always a pleasure to see your name here, and I am glad you enjoyed my article.

      I get kind of tired, repeating the same old message.

      Folks, if you are not familiar with Bill Mullins, he writes a series which is not only Top Notch (and was the first website I listed in my Blogroll) but should be “required reading” for anyone using the Internet these days.

      If you have not done so, or done so recently, please visit Tech Thoughts, won’t you? (find out why I call him the “hardest working man in the tech blog business”..)


      Comment by techpaul | December 28, 2010 | Reply

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  3. Paul,

    Another good article. Now that I have my family reading your blog I have a lot less work to do. It’s kind of sad to me that there are a lot of people that fall for these scams. I’m sure I read here something to the effect of “The best AV-AS you have is between your ears”, and that is so true. A little common sense and paranoia will help keep you from clicking BEFORE you think.

    I also want to thank you for the link to Bill Mullins Tech Thoughts. Not sure how I missed it in the Blogroll, but it doesn’t matter now. I have Tech Thoughts bookmarked and will be visiting it frequently. One more great resource… I need all of them I can get!


    Comment by KsTinMan | December 29, 2010 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      I am glad I have been able to assist you, and I thank you for taking the time to write these supportive words.

      You have my wishes for a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year!


      Comment by techpaul | December 29, 2010 | Reply

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