Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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OK..... here we go again! The text is slightly different, but confidentiality is still assured!! Wanna buy a degree?? Contact these people 24-7!

NON-Accredited universities - now, let's see.... what does that mean..... I know 'accredited' means something like 'To recognize (an institution of learning) as maintaining those standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice', so I guess the NON-part makes this all NON-recognized, NON-standard, NON-reputable, NON-higher, NON-credentials and NON-professional practice?????

Now that's just too bad!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Seen on TV - part I 

I wonder if Oprah really supports this stuff....... educated guess: NAH!!

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OK - free shipping in the US. How about people in Europe - like me, for instance??? I want to forget about ageing and dieting forever, I want 2 months supply for free as well!! Where do I sign up? I want more memory, less body fat, less wrinkles, more energy and muscle strength, sexual potency and emotional stability too, but I don't believe in this BS, and I certainly did NOT choose to become a member of the Opt-IN America List of my own free will. Grrrrrrrr!!!!

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Scam, spam and other nasty stuff - part V 

Here's one of those 'let me scam you out of lots of money' messages I received not so long ago. What I find weird is that the writer doesn't even know if the receiver is a man or a woman. I always thought that one of the rules of doing business was to know who you're dealing with........

From the Desk of: Mr.Charles Mwanza
Director, Audit & Project Implementation
Tel: 0027-722 285 060.
Fax: 0027-732 744 830.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Charles Mwanza, a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am an Executive Accountant with the South Africa Department of Mining & Natural Resources. First and foremost, I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. Be informed that a member of the South Africa Export Promotion Council (SEPC) who was at the Government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave your enviable credentials/particulars to me. I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.

Within the Department of Mining & Natural Resources where I work as a director and with the cooperation of four other top officials, we have in our possession as Over due payment bills totaling Thirty Eight Million One Hundred Thousand U. S. Dollars (US$38,100,000.00) which we want to transfer abroad with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign company/individual to receive the said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive such funds. More so, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore account hence your importance in the whole transaction.

This amount (US$38,1M) represents the balance of the total contract value executed on behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles gotten payment allocation awaiting approval to remit by Direct Telegraphic Wire Transfer to only a foreign bank account which you will provide by filing in an application through the Justice Ministry here in South Africa for the transfer of rights and privileges of the former contractor to you.

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in the transaction, your share of the sum will be 20% of the US$38,1Million, 75% for us and 5% for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Also your area of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this transaction. I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me. Endeavor to contact me immediately through the above email, otherwise you can contact me on the above tel and fax numbers, whether or not you are interested in this deal. This will enable me open discussion with other interested foreign partner with recommendation to carry out this deal.

I want to assure you that myself and my partners are in a position to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very strong assurance and guarantee that our share will be secured and Please remember to treat this matter as very confidential matter; because we will not comprehend with any form of exposure as we are still in active
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I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

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STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT????? Of course it is, and in addition, it's ILLEGAL!! Don't even think about repying to this guy unless you're stupid and very greedy! If you're not, and you would still like to reply, you should be aware of the fact that people have lost a lot of money, and some have even died as a result of it. If you don't believe me, have a look at Scamorama Presents The lads From Lagos.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Scam, spam and other nasty stuff - part IV 

I received another email today - supposedly from MS Inet Message Storage System.. My virus checker went bananas, and told me it had found the "Exploit-Mime.gen" virus, and would I like to delete the file. OF COURSE I would like to delete the file!!!

The message is as follows:

From: "MS Inet Message Storag System" (an email address)
To: "Email user" ()
Subject: error advice

Undelivered to (another email address)

The message - at least the one I received - contains an attachment. The content type is audio/x-wav, the name (in this case) gjnpsep.exe.

Be on the watchout, and stay alert! Lately there have been quite a lot of messages Microsoft ( - not very likely -) containing a virus or two. Just remember that Microsoft NEVER, EVER sends patches via email. IF Microsoft ever sends an email - it happens once every 10 years or so - the email contains a link to the patch, not the "patch" (=virus, worm etc) itself.

For more information about this particular virus, see Network Associates, or search Google for information on the Exploit-Mime.gen virus.

Stay safe out there!!

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Scam, spam and other nasty stuff - part III 

Now here's one I've been seeing quite often: Buy your own college degree!! No studying necessary, just apply - you qualify if you have a High School diploma and three years of work experience within "your field". No one is turned down, and of course it is all confidential..... Amazing - imagine getting a PhD overnight! WOW!!!

I've got to check this one out! Too bad there is no name, no website, no email, no links, no nothing.... except for a New York phone number which you can call night and day, seven days a week. Hmmmm..... should I???

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Friday, October 03, 2003

Alternative browsers & other software - part I 

I don't particularly like Internet Explorer, and have been on the lookout for alternative browsers for a long time. Of course, everyone is aware of Netscape, and a lot of people know about Opera, but who knows about Firebird or Slimbrowser??

Firebird is a stripped down browser based on Mozilla. The most commenly known browser based on Mozilla is Netscape. Firebird is still under construction, but unlike IE it already supports features such as pop-up killer and tabbed browsing. The current version is 0.61, and the download size is 6.8MB for Windows based systems.

Slimbrowser uses the Internet Explorer rendering engine, and like Firebird, it supports tabbed browsing and it has a built-in pop-up killer. The current version is 3.80.1. The download size is 1.2 MB, and of course you can use addins and plugins such as InstantGet.

InstantGet is a freebie alternative to any expensive download manager you can think of. It supports Clipboard Monitoring, ftp and http protocols, seamless browser integration and a lot more. Check it out!

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