Tags: fraud


Winning a million pounds is old hat....

Here's the latest:

You're invited to: work and live in Canada
By your host: Brenda Berreth

Message: am Brenda from Canada, i am the assistant manager of Canadian Hotels,i wish to inform you that the hotel need man and woman who can work and live in omni hotel Canada,A Division Of Delta Chelsea Canadian Hotel Canada,hotel will care of your tickets,accommodation lodging and the visa assistance in your country,if you are interested ,you should please contact me back via the mail box,


Date: Friday November 26, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central)

Will you attend? RSVP to this invitation


Will I attend? Considering that it's already Saturday, November 27, where I live....I'm not sure...but thank you, Brenda from Canada, for teling me that hotel need man and woman!

Mona wants to meet me....

I got this just now in my inbox:

I am very happy to meet you,
How is everything, hope all is well with you. My name
is Mona, I found your contact after I picked
interest to contact you. I've something very important which I would
love to share with you privately, therefore,would advise you to kindly
write me back on my private email address
so that I'll give you details.
Waiting anxiously for your anticipated

......now how am I supposed to give her my anticipated corporation? If any of YOU are interested in Mona, I'm sure she'd share something important with you, privately, too....you don't have to pick interest like she did!

Here's a lovely fraud that I got in my inbox just now

from Gmail <mailboxveritymember@gmail.com>
to support@google.com
date Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 5:59 PM
subject Your Gmail Account

hide details 5:59 PM (1 hour ago)

Due to the congestion in our Gmail servers,there would be removal of all unused Gmail Accounts.You will have to confirm if your E-mail is still active by filling out your login info below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

Account name:
Country :

Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
Thank you for using Gmail !

The Gmail Team

The awful insincerity of advertising...

I cannot understand the fact that advertisements are now totally associated in our minds with fiction...we treat them as a form of entertainment, and often remember ads even when we don't remember the products they are supposed to be promoting.

An ad, in the distant, innocent past, started out to be a description of the goods to be sold; but now, between fraudent and exaggerated claims, celebrity endorsement, slick ad film-making, and special effects, ads often purvey more fantasy than other forms of fiction.

Why have we condoned this dishonesty? We know that Mr Show Rook Cone is most certainly NOT driving a Santro, that Ms. Amma Moll Ini is not thinking of the purity of water in her home being dependent on ABC water purifier...then why do we look at these stupid ads? Why do celebrities get obscene six-figure amounts for lying about products that they do NOT use?

I also take exception (though I love reading the dreamy prose) to the hyped-up descriptions on the cartons of stuff that we buy. Have you ever seen a shampoo bottle that says it will clean your hair and that's it? No, of course not, every shampoo will add sheen and gloss and make your hair thicker and stronger until Tarzan can use it instead of his jungle vines....I challenge any shampoo to make my hair fly like that, when it's all of 3 inches long...

What brought this on were the boxes of cereal at home. Do the boxes just list the ingredients as just oatmeal, or banana, or pecan, or whatever? Oh noooooooo, how could the copywriters survive then?

Here's a quotation from two of the cereal boxes:

Apple Caramel/Pecan Crunch:

"Welcome to where apple orchards and pecan groves meet. A sweet, flavorful harvest of crisp apples and roasted pecans, made even more delicious with the added richness of caramel baked oat clusters and nutritious whole grain wheat flakes. An indulgence that comes from a canopy of shady trees..."

Apple orchards? Pecan groves? Here in the suburbs where each family has a small plant-trying-to-be-a-tree and 1.5 cars and 1.75 kids? I am NOT in any canopy of shady trees, the only thing that I see that's shady is the ethics of prose like this...

Cranberry Almond Crunch:

"It's a curious fact. The firmer and fresher the cranberry, the higher it bounces. That's why cranberries under the 'bounce test'. If you drop cranberries onto wooden boards, the best berries bounce into the air. We specially select cranberries to accompany....buttery-tasting almonds..."

I totally REFUSE to believe that at the assembly line in this cereal-making factory, there are dozens of people throwing cranberries, and picking up the ones which have bounced off the wooden floor and adding them to the pack. Yeugh, I don't want the bounced-off-the-floor berries in any case.

Great Grains (Raisins, Dates and Pecans):

"Funny thing about raisins. They just love hanging out there on the vine (oh, Happy Raisins!) basking in the sun. Because the longer they stay o the vine, the sweeter, plumper and juicier they get. ...we specially select our raisins for our flavorful (oh, favorite word!!) medley of naturally sweet dates (you mean there are some with sugar injected into them?), nutty pecans (not as nutty as the copywriter)...." Oh, and what happens to these Happy Raisins when the pickers come? You can probably hear them screaming for mercy, miles away, shouting, "Let us get just a little more sweeter, plumper and juicier!"....

Every single product on the supermarket shelves carries some romantic, sugar-spun tale like this and it makes me wonder...where DO all the ordinary (or sub-standard)veggies and produce go? If EVERY tomato that I buy is sun-ripened and "lives on the vine until it's bursting with flavour" (makes me think of a terrible red explosion), if every piece of meat is tender and juicy, where are all the rest? What do you mean, there is NO b-grade produce any more?

And the photography for the ads....I read that often they use completely different stuff (NOT the food that it's supposed to be) so that the food will look good...look better, in fact, than the real thing!

And I have plenty to say on the subject of the oh-so-artistic ads where the dreamy, vaselined storyline, with some single-word caption at the end, gives you NO clue if the ad is for a shampoo, the bedlinen, the furniture, the wall paint, the lingerie, liposuction, or....! :)

Excuse me, my grand-daughter (naturally raised and organically delivered) is awake (no stimulants used) and demanding her all-green (er, sorry, white), Mother Natur produced dairy product from the honey-brown...er...skin...of her Earth Mother...

One of her dresses announces on the front, "My baby loves green"...HER baby? she's all of two months old herself...and anyway, if it's she who loves green, it's no wonder that she often fills her nappies (organically grown, unbleached, pre-used to a fine softness, Indian cotton...which means, KM and a friend's old dhoties) with a lot of green...

What irks me more is, why can't *I* get a job writing this kind of bilge? I could laugh all the way to the beautiful, shady, eco-friendly, save-the-wildlife bank...


Mithyam is now the name of an, ahem, software company that is in the news nowadays... what a joke on everyone, to call yourself Truth and then, for several years, defraud the public....

It is worthwhile to remember that some rogues only confess when there is no other way out; and for every rogue that confesses, there are several who do not...

What a crying shame.

Let me cheer myself up with this beautiful star that was put up near vinitb's place....

star in Vinit's neighbour's flat 241208

Looks quite surreal, doesn't it? I wanted to go close and inspect it, but couldn't...it's M C Escheresque...

I'm rich! I'm RICH!! YAHOO!!

And it's Yahoo, now, which is giving it away; notice, they are distributing this largesse without even knowing my name, and not even bothering that I never participated in such a "promotional program"...how kind of them.


Dear Esteemed Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the YAHOO! International
Promotions Program held on the 16th of March 2007. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 883734657492-5319 with serial number
7263-267, batch number 8254297137 drew the lucky numbers
14-22-28-37-40-44 which consequently won in the 1st category,
you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
£500,000.00 (i.e Five Hundred Thousand United Kingdom Pounds)in cash credited to file REF:YAHOO6/315116127/27. This is from total prize money of US$20,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.

Please note that this Promotional Programmes tagged "Thanks for
contributing to our financial Sucess" was sponsored and organized by
the Yahoo Corporation in view of the financial benefits YAHOO have
received from its numerous customers either through adverts, hosting and
personal emails.To file for your claims, please contact your claims
agent immediately, to begin your claims process:

44 Moorfields London EC2Y 9AL UNITED KINGDOM
Tel:(+44) 7031924017 (+44) 7031921214

You are to contact him with the following information: Your Full Names,
Your Contact Address, Your Telephone and Fax numbers, Occupation, Sex,
Age and Location.

Your Sincerely,
Mrs. Amelia Hunts


And why haven't they asked me for my credit card no so that they can shovel in all this money into my account...?

Also note, "sucess", "remmitance"...they are so economical with their consonants, but are willing to give me so much money.

Hmm, Mrs Amelia Hunts. I am sure she Hunts...diligently, for people who will respond to this!