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From: Mrs. Betica Lucas (
Sent: Tue 9/20/11 6:02 AM


I am Mrs. BETICA LUCAS ; the Manager in charge of Bill & Exchange section of Bank Of Africa, (B-O-A) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso in West Africa with due respect and regard. I have decided to contact you on a business transactiaon that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.

During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person who died on 6th December 2003 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this development.

Although, I personally keep the information within myself to enable the whole plans and ideas be Profitable and successful during the time of clearance from the Bank custody.

The said amount was $10.5m dollars (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand US dollars) You can see the below web site for your clarifications of the incident leading to PAUL LOUIS HALLEY Death:

Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bona fide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant (A Banker), we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer because I work in this bank.

This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims, and I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification, while 60% will be for me. Please, you have been advised to keep “secret” as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest in. All other necessary vital information will be send to you when I hear from you soon.

1.NAME IN FULL:…………………………..
7.MARITAL STATUS:…………………………….
8.PRIVATE PHONE NO……………………………………..
9.PRIVATE FAX NO:………………………………………

so i will like you to send to me those information’s for easy and effective communication. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application form.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this mail.
Trusting to hear from you immediately

Yours Faithfully,

Again, someone has made the mistake of not offering me a 50/50 split..

Today’s quote:A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” ~ Douglas Adams

I choose today’s quote because – perhaps I have just become “world weary” and jaded – I am at the point where should someone fall for this (it’s 2011.. and this scam has been around since the Internet.. say.. 1995?) I am kind of thinking Darwin’s Law should apply.

(Darwin’s Law = the weak, the slow, and the stupid are food.)

Bonus (for reading this far): FOTIS winner Set Rosenblatt has written An early, first look at Windows 8 (hands-on)

Not unlike an artfully created but tiny-portioned appetizer leading into a flavorful and filling main course that remains stuck in the kitchen, my first hands-on experience with Windows 8 left me eager for what was coming but disappointed with what was set in front of me.” Read more..

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September 20, 2011 - Posted by | cyber crime, Internet scam, Microsoft, spam and junk mail, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , ,


  1. Paul, this sounds great, would like to have it BUT

    What is on my PC states -Weather Watcher Live is a FREE customizable desktop weather station

    Weather Watcher Live states
    Risk-free 30-day trial. No credit card required.

    What am I missing?


    Comment by ebony | September 20, 2011 | Reply

    • ebony,
      I am afraid that today I was a bit rushed, and I grabbed quickly – as dramatic weather had been mentioned to me (as well as a recent hurricane) — an old (previously posted) “today’s free download”.
      .. and didn’t look to carefully at the date nor check for changes — as this one apparently has.

      So I have removed the link and you have my apologies. When time allows, I will look for a trustworthy weather watching utility (most of them are adware (spyware?)).


      Comment by techpaul | September 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thanks for responding. I will await with “bated breath” in anticipation of your recommendation. :)

    I DO understand about being rushed. So it is all good. I appreciate all that you do.

    BTW, I do not notifications of responses even after I check the boxes.


    Comment by ebony | September 21, 2011 | Reply

    • ebony,
      Thank you for letting me know. This site is hosted by WordPress, and that feature is completely in their bailiwick (all I can do is “enable”/”disable” that function’s visibility). You strike me as being the type who does not need to be asked to check their Junk folder.. so all I can do is put in a ‘ticket’ to WP, and send you a copy of my replies personally.

      I would be very curious to know if anyone else is experiencing/has experienced that..


      Comment by techpaul | September 21, 2011 | Reply

    • ebony,
      I am afraid I do not have a desktop weather utility I can recommend.

      On Vista I use the sidebar gadget. In Win 7 I use the ‘widget’. I do not live in an area where I need weather warnings.. such as “tornado alley”; so those are good enough for me.

      On older machines, I suppose one might use The WeatherBug, which I view as adware and a resource hog.. but others, including CNET give it good reviews. You can see them, and download it here.

      HTC Home is a decent clock/weather widget (utility)..


      Comment by techpaul | September 21, 2011 | Reply

  3. Paul,

    Although I can’t say for sure how long it’s been, but I also have not been receiving notifications of comment responses. Maybe for the past 2 months at the least? (I nearly always check the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” box). I chalked it up to a WP bug. It sounds like you concur since you simply enable the function…

    I would like to see it fixed, as there are times when I forget to look at previous articles that I commented on (my cerebellum is a bit challenged). Lately I’ve been using the “What Users Are Saying” to find responses to my comments (when I remember to look). It does work, albeit a convoluted method of getting there. However, the email notification function should also work. It’s much more direct and nearly impossible to miss.

    Now, don’t misunderstand me my friend. You asked if others are experiencing the same issue. You know quite well how wordy I am… Ha!

    Good luck with your investigation! I hope to be using the function again soon…


    Comment by kstinman | September 21, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      Thank you for sharing your experience, (though I am sorry it is not a happy one) and yes it does help me when I go crying and snivelling to the IT folks at WordPress.

      I became aware that you posted this by an email notification.. so it worked as it should for me, just now..

      (I’ve said it before: this tech stuff is great. When it works.)


      Comment by techpaul | September 21, 2011 | Reply

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