Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mad Lib Time!

I haven't done one of these in ages, but recent events reminded me that I once did them, so without further ado...

1. An amount of time
2. An event
3. A collective thing
4. Verb (past tense)
5. Adjective
6. A date
7. Verb (present participle)
8. State of being
9. State of being
10. State of being
11. Possessive noun
12. Adverb
13. Verb
14. Verb
15. Verb
16. A holiday

I will mix the best responses into a new post, and put individual responses in its comments.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Sharktopus Poster
I found a source of cheap DVDs in my area. I picked up Sharktopus for $0.99. I live-commented about it on Facebook, and I have copied the transcript here so you can share my pain.

You may want to view the trailer before you start reading.

My live commentary begins after the jump.

Also, see my review at

Job Offer

I got two copies of this email to the same corporate email address within 14 minutes.
Hi... We Have a PT/job. we pay $250 per job and we want you to participate. Your job is only to act as a regular customer and conduct normal business, Customer service is valuable.Please complete contact information below Full Name: Address: City: State: Zip/Postal Code: Alternate E-mail: Cell Phone Number Home Phone Number ALT Email Address AGe Present occupation AVAILABILITY Days/Hours Available Hours Available: from _______ to ______ We await your urgent response.
 My guess is that it's an identity theft scam.

Monday, June 08, 2015

More Phishy Email

This one is just some jackass trying to get a foot in the door of the corporate network.

As usual, the horrible grammar gives it away, although the signature kind of gives an excuse for that. On the other hand, we have no reason to be doing business with a Chinese food distributor, so that's a fail of its own.

A good phisher should know the waters and have the right kind of bait. This phisher is apparently just throwing out as many lines as possible: quantity over quality.

Monday, June 01, 2015

UN Holding My Money

This looks intriguing. I've apparently inherited money from a relative or acquaintance that I didn't know existed, and the United Nations is trying to make sure I receive it, in spite of corruption.

Attention Fund Beneficiary/ Email Owner.


we have actually been authorized by the United Nation, and the International Monetary Fund, to investigate the unnecessary delay on the payment approved in your favor.
During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.

To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD.
We will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials of the bank.

An irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions; your complete Inheritance funds have been credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD.

You are therefore advice to contact: Mr.  Brine World,
Director ATM Payment Department
(Intercontinental Benin Republic)
Email Address:

Contact him now and tell him to advise you on how to receive your ATM CARD.  As soon as you establish a contact with him, an ATM card will be issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM Machine in your Country, but the maximum to withdraw is
5000 per day.

When contacting him, contact him with your data as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Telephone Numbers:
6. Country:

NOTE: You are advised to furnish Mr. Brine World with your correct and valid details; Also be informed that your ATM CARD is valued 
1,000,000,00GBP. Congratulations.

What is the scam, I wonder? Identity theft seems obvious, given the information they've requested. I suppose there will be some costs to get "my" ATM card set up, so there's advance fee fraud, as well.

The email address is an anonymous account, of course. Why would the World Director of the ATM Payment Department at the World Bank Group have a corporate email address?

Have scammers never interacted with a real bank, such that they could come up with a convincing email address? Have they never run the grammar/spelling check on a word processor? Could I get paid to proofread their scam emails?

I suppose it's just as well that these guys are incompetent at thievery.