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A Mea Culpa

Art Credit: Charles Monroe Schulz
The internet can be considered a blessing and a curse. It has completely transformed the landscape of our lives that I don’t think we can live without it anymore.

For many, it’s been a gold mine for information that would take many lifetimes to sort out. With the power of a click, you can find anything about any subject under the sun. And there’s the rub. It leads to information overdose that tends to cloud our ability to separate the valuable from what is trash.

A good rule to follow is not to consider everything you read online as gospel truth. But it’s not always easy to do. After all, we’re only human.

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November 7, 2015 at 9:50 am 6 comments

Portrait of an Indian as a Scammer

I got a call the other day that I didn’t expect. It was from a guy with a heavy Indian accent. After introducing himself, he told me that his company is working in partnership with Microsoft to monitor and prevent the spread of computer malwares over the Internet. He gave me the bad news: my home computer has been infected.

I pride myself of being technical savvy. People come to me for help with their computer problems. Could it be true that this time around I needed assistance myself? I found it quite amusing refreshing that the table had turned on me for a change. It helped keep my feet on the ground and my ego in check.

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March 26, 2013 at 7:45 am 7 comments

Portrait of a Chinese as a Scammer

My uncle received another e-mail solicitation offering to sell products from Apple, Nokia, and Samsung for way below market prices. Again, it came from a company based in China.

When he asked me for my opinion, I thought it was a scam right away. But I decided to give the company the benefit of the doubt. I went to investigate and tried to find out what I could on the internet.

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October 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm 15 comments

blogging is what we make it

charlie brown and snoopy – charles schulz

“There are 13,268,612 sites with a better three-month global Alexa traffic rank than”

as if to confirm alexa’s ranking, google gives this blog a 1 point rating on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the best). if you’re interested in finding how your own blog stacks up, click here.

wow, it’s a personal best for me. with over a hundred million blogs in existence today, i’d gladly take either ranking. when i started this blog in wordpress in 2009, i wasn’t sure of its eventual fate. the hope of surviving in the already crowded blogosphere was almost nil. fast forward 2012. i’m still here. i’ve made it this far with almost 200 posts under my belt. ain’t it something?

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April 9, 2012 at 6:22 am 7 comments

Say It Ain`t Too Good To Be True

Free Money

Sometimes you feel lucky. For one shining moment, you see the stars converged and the planets aligned. You hit the jackpot without even really trying.

Recently, I received an e-mail that promises my ticket to financial independence. It came from a bank executive in Africa. He said and I quote verbatim:


I am Mr.oliver madu,the manager Audit & Accounts Dept. in the BANK OF AFRICA (BOA). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of ($25.5million) (thwenty five million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your account.

The above sum belonged to our deceased customer late Mr. Shadi Aribi Monther from Lebanon who died along with his entire family in the Benin plane crash 2003 and since then the fund has been in a suspense account.

After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr Shadi Aribi Monther died with his supposed next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution,it stated that after the expiration of (5) five years and no body comes for the claim as the next of kin/family member, the fund will be channelled into national treasury as unclaimed fund. Because of the state of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you the recognition and have the fund transferred to your account.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 30% for you and 10% is mapped for any expense we may incure during the course of securing the said fund into your bank account. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instructions till the fund is transferred to your account.

More details with the text of application form which you have to fill in our banking information will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your positive reply to this proposal.

I will need the following information from you

(a) Full name……………,
(c)address and photo ……………
(d) private telephone numbers —for confidential and easy communication.

Please reply urgently
Mr. Oliver Madu.
00226 7814 6208.


It sounds too good to be true. It offers a better chance to prosperity than the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. It’s something that’s very hard to refuse. But like Don Corleone addressing the character Sollozo in the Godfather saga, I have to ask myself, “Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generosity?”

It’s evident that his letter needs some editing, too. It contains incredulous punctuation, spelling, and grammatical missteps that would delight a second grade English teacher. On the other hand, could the errors be planted there intentionally on purpose to give his message the human touch?

Friends think it’s a scam and those who fall for it have the word “stupid” written all over their forehead. I’d like to give Mr. Madu the benefit of the doubt, but I’m going to junk his letter this time. It’s not that I’m playing hard to get. It’s just that he has to prove himself more. If he’s truly sincere, he can write me again and again like an earnest suitor wooing his beloved. After all, it’s the Internet that has given him that right.

August 21, 2011 at 1:08 am 13 comments

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