Phishing in the Yahoo! Pond

Just received:

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Today at 8:05 PM

To: me

Be very carefully what ever you are doing with these crocks.

Excellent advice.

Emails of this nature are a crock. The people who send them, however, are crooks. “Be very carefully what ever you are doing” with them.

This particular specimen of scam email from Benin is so poorly-written that it defies logic that anyone would fall for it. Some have postulated that scams of this nature are deliberately poorly written so as to entrap the dumbest of the dumb, but I can’t even conceive of anyone thinking that this is real.


Subject: DEBT RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE Addax House 108 BP Akpakpa road danto
Benin Republic
From: Mark Smith <wudept5@gmail.com>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

DEBT RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE
Addax House 108 BP Akpakpa road danto Benin Republic
Telephone: +229 68416227
Our Official Email: nationalbankltd@yahoo.com

Attention:Beneficiary

In the course of our General Auditing and Account revision of this first quarter of the year 2015, we discovered that the Bank Accounts belonging to some Benefactors have been changed on the basis that the owners have died some time last year or have given out an authorization note of change of data.

After the investigations however, it was revealed that there are Foreigners who are collaborating with Retired Staffs to make these changes illegally without the knowledge of the Bonafide Benefactors and one traced to your own change is this Dr Thomas Ray. his group who said you are dead, hence they have forwarded some documents of funeral service held for you so as to divert your Fund Amount:US$26,000,000.00

They have also forwarded this bank account below as the new account that will receive this money.

Bank: Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road, Central – Hong Kong
Account Name: Arnold Hamilton
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH

But we wanted to confirm if actually this is true and hence decided to write to your email address which after 2 days from now and there is no response, we will then know that you are dead indeed and go on with the transfer. If proved otherwise by you that you did not die, please forward to us all the related Benefactors particulars including your Telephone number, contact address. Copy of your ID these details from you will help to assist us reach a conclusion that you are not dead.

Anything contrary to this claim will help us charge this man to court and prosecute him while your fund will be paid to you immediately without any further delay. You have to get back to us on time for us to commence legal proceedings against this Dr Thomas Ray. his Associates and his accomplices.

Note: to help us fish this people out any where they are this massage should not be forwarded to them or any body, and also stop what ever you are doing with them it is for your own good Be very carefully what ever you are doing with these crocks. I promise you this commission most assist you to make sure your funds gets to you without delay only if you can comply with our advice.

Meanwhile the instruction is that if you cannot be in the Bank and sign the documents then you are to send An Affidavit of Support from the Probate Court Registry Authorizing a Government Accredited Attorney to sign documents on your behalf.

The cost of the Affidavit of Support is $90 and anybody asking you to pay any Amount above that should be reported to my office immediately for Persecution as Government has decided to deal decisively with anyone trying to encourage corruption which has dented the image of this Country among comity of Nations.

The Designated receiver name and address to send the Affidavit of Suport is as follows:

Receiver=== Name: Ezebuilo Emmanuel Ekwealor
Country==== Benin Republic
City======= Cotonou
Address:===108 BP Akpakpa road danto Benin Republic
Test Question:=== Transfer?
Answer:  ======== Urgent
Amt============== $90 USD

Yours in Service,

Mark Smith (Head Auditor


Lest anyone think that sending $90.00 to Benin will entitle them to millions of dollars, even if you were foolish enough to send this money along, you can be guaranteed that there will be fee after fee after fee demanded for this, that, and the other – in other words, these consummately evil eaters of pig dung will milk you for every penny you are dumb enough to send.

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Remember, these “money trunks” do not exist. This is a cleverly-faked picture. There is no money waiting for you in Africa. Never send money to an unknown person via Western Union, Money Gram, or Green Dot Money Pack Card, or any other method.

Be careful out there.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Ongoing scams from Benin

A new scam email from “Mr. Sarawut Gan,” but using the same return address as “Dr. Graham Honnse” from the IRS.

I have not yet figured out if the scammers in Nigeria have just moved to Benin – it’s only 122 km from Lagos to Cotonou – hoping to avoid the obvious unsavory connection, or if the Boys from Benin are trying to piggy-back onto the success of the Lads from Lagos. Almost all my scam emails these days are from Benin, and precious few from Nigeria.

Whatever the case, stay far away from emails like this. There is no money waiting for you in Africa; the USA would never send official communications from Benin or any other country, nor would they ask you to wire money using Western Union, Money Gram, or any other service.

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Subject: Attn Consignment Owner.
From: Sarawut Gan <drgrahamhonnse@gmail.com>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Port Columbus Intl Airport-Cmh, Columbus OH 4600 International Gateway

Columbus, Ohio 43219 U.S.A Urgent Reply.

Attn Consignment Owner.

I am Mr. Sarawut Gan , Executive Director, Port Columbus International Airport Ohio USA, During our recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, we had discovered an abandoned shipment from one Diplomat agent who came all the way from Republic Du Benin under shipping forwarder from Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport to our facility custody here in Port Columbus Ohio and when scanned, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in one Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 12kg.

The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as EURO money EURO rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges, On my assumption, the box contain more than $2.8 Million and the consignment is still in our Storage House here in Port Columbus Intl Airport till today.

However,you should be informed that the Consignment in one metal boxes with weight of about 12kg (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm)effective capacity: 180 L.) Approximately, the details of the consignment including your name/address were tagged on the Metal Trunk boxes. Please note that this consignment is supposed to returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to your delays in contacting us with (Sworn Affidavit for claim / Custom Delivery permit Order) from the origin of the Country BENIN and both certificates will cost you the sum of US$95.00 to obtain, So as a matter of urgent you are hereby advised to pick up below information and send the Sworn Affidavit for claim / Custom Delivery permit Order fee of US$95.00 to our Inspection Agent in Federal Republic Of BENIN to obtain the Sworn Affidavit for claim / Custom Delivery permit Order from Custom and Border Protection BENIN.

HERE IS THE INFORMATION WHERE TO SEND THE US$95.00 VIA WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER TODAY.

Receipt Name….. UDE EBUKA
Country……. BENIN
Location…….COTONOU
Text Question….How Long
Answer…….Today
Amount…..US$95.00

I,am waiting for your prompt respond with the Western Union or Money Gram payment details.

Yours faithfully.

Mr. Sarawut Gan,
Executive Director, Port Columbus International Airport Ohio.

I make it a point to use an anonymous emailer to send various unsavory physiological suggestions to these baboons, not that it will do any good, but pissing them off and raising their blood pressure is small payback for their criminal antics. I wish I could have them all thrown in some rat-infested prison somewhere for the rest of their days.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

1942 – Assembling the Sears Catalog

… by hand.

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Those catalogs offered just about anything under the sun. They were, in effect, the Amazon.com of the early days.

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And those prices. Of course, the average annual salary in 1942 was $2,400, but still.

Not only were the catalogs useful, but they were entertaining as well. And they had the added advantage of being sent to the outhouse as reading material and… uh… other things.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Dialect variations in nomenclature – the US vs. Germany

One of the more interesting terminology diversions in the US has to do with what you fill up your jug with at the convenience store. No, not that “good ol’ Mountain Dew,” although that can certainly be one of your choices, but anything sweet and fizzy. What do you call it? Soda? Pop? Coke? Fizz? Something else?

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People registered their opinions over at popvssoda.com, and the results were tabulated. I knew one guy who called it “soda water,” even though to me that means just unflavored club soda.

Today as the result of a little discussion among my translation colleagues, I was presented with this website that shows the distribution of various terms for “potato” in German:

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While most people would find things like this less exciting that watching paint dry (and even I myself, graduated linguist with advanced degrees absolutely detested my 7th-grade linguistics class, even though that’s a different story), I find comparative and social linguistics intriguing.

Think about what you call things; Crawdad, crayfish, crawfish; potato bug, pill bug; hoagie, sub, grinder, or po’ boy; water fountain or bubbler; so many, many others, and some of these are distinctly regional. Take the quiz and see how well it does in your case. Naturally it’s not going to be 100% perfect all the time, but I was impressed not only by the results but by the nature of the questions.

The New York Times dialect survey has shown to be amazingly accurate in my own case:

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I was born and raised in New York, but have spent the last 46 years in Utah; you couldn’t get more spot-on with my diagnosis.

The study of linguistic diversity across boundaries and how language evolves is an entire subset of the larger field, but I could think of much less interesting ways to spend a career than researching these matters.

The Old Wolf has done spoke.

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The contact email address resolves to “wengjiao7598@163.com,” but I wouldn’t recommend dealing with these scumbags. If they’re willing to spam the world, they’re willing to cheat you for everything they can get.

Also, never click on those “unsubscribe” links – you’re dealing with people who make money by selling email lists as well as spamming, so you’ve just confirmed that you’re a real-live email address, and your level of spam will increase exponentially.

Here’s what that unsubscribe link resolves to:

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That .pw domain is somewhere in Palau, but it looks like it has something to do with Hong Kong, which would correlate with the Reply To address.

If you’re serious about helping reduce spam, you can report unsolicited email at Spamcop.net. It’s an uphill battle, but these things can help – sometimes spammers use legitimate services who will take action on reported accounts.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Twisting reason – the false logic of desperate atheists and insecure believers

This image recently popped up on my Facebook feed, and I found it disturbing.

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Accompanying the image was the exposition,

“He either exists but can’t, in which case he’s not omnipotent, or he exists but won’t, in which case he’s not benevolent, or he plain and simply doesn’t exist.”

I’ve seen that before elsewhere; there’s a fallacy in there, one which many atheists seem to miss. I am reminded of a young Corrie Ten Boom, who asked her father what “sexsin” was. The father kindly asked her to carry his suitcase; upon trying, she found it far too heavy. He explained to her that like suitcases, some knowledge was too heavy for a child to carry, and asked her to trust him with it until she was older. She was satisfied.

Humanists who are bound and determined to disprove the existence of God, and show by demonstration that people of faith are fools, or benighted, or willfully stupid, often do so by attempting to shove God into a human box, as if they in their wisdom understand all there is to know about the human experience. They smugly postulate that if they would do X and God doesn’t, therefore God does not exist. I recall another recently-posted quote from Tracie Harris:

“You either have a God who sends child rapists to rape children or you have a God who simply watches it and says, ‘When you’re done, I’m going to punish you.’ If I could stop a person from raping a child, I would. That’s the difference between me and your God.”

Now this particular quote was directed at a degraded evangelical turd who put out there that raped children are “evil” and hence deserving of whatever they get; it’s easy to understand why in the heat of outrage over such an ignorant premise that someone might say something of that nature. But the quote annoyed me because it sets up the same false dichotomy – that God is somehow equal to humans and subject to the same rules and logic as humans are.

The picture itself is a perfect example of this compulsion by the atheist community to belittle people of faith at every turn. Showing the amazing and impressive ability of technology to improve the lives of people and raise the human conditon is a wonderful thing. Turning around and attaching a cheap shot at people of faith detracts from the message.

The same argument can be applied to people of faith, and most particularly evangelical Christians who condemn every unbeliever and agnostic (as well as the rest of the believing community who don’t happen to believe in exactly their version of whatever) to an eternal Hell, as though they had the authority to do so.

Oh & that’s why science has cured cancer right? I (along with a few other friends) prayed over someone who had pollups (sic) & the next week (without any medication) his pollups were gone.. I don’t see science doing that. The only reason some science works is because God wills it to. Science can’t heal a broken heart, nor can it comfort those who need comfort or save your soul or give you eternal life. When you die, you call out to science… & see where you end up. Until then I’ll be praying for all of you who are unsaved.

This quote is filled with so much wrong that I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll just let it speak for itself.

Now, the picture above was posted by an intelligent and respected friend. He, and everyone else, is free in this world to believe in something metaphysical or not.But in the name of whatever you consider holy, be it some deity or the amazing power and creativity and goodness that can be found in humanity, stop taking pot shots at each other. It helps nothing, it convinces nobody, and it just ends up polluting the social environment and making everyone who does so look petty and vindictive.

Mohandas Gandhi is reputed to have said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This is good advice, regardless of which side of the theological issue you happen to fall on.

The Old Wolf has spoken.2


1 Oh, wait, I’m forgetting about people who flog and decapitate unbelievers. Well, in most places in the civilized world, then.

2 I hate theological/political/scientific debates. As a result, I have disabled comments for this post. If you have a position to espouse, post it in your own blog. If it has merit, if it lifts me and inspires me to do better and help others and raise the human condition even more, I’ll consider it.