Ok, so some of you felt a little ripped off by the last blog. You were. But it worked. Wondering what other key words I should use to promote clickage. "Buffett"? "Beastiality"? "Naked.... shorts"? Some suggest the answer might be to actually blog about something meaningful. Oh.
On that note, THE MOTHER OF ALL NIGERIAN SCAM EMAILS. As you know, I got one of these a while back and you, dear readers, came up with some fantastic responses. But this new one tops them all. It just landed in the Inbox of a friend, invoking the name of Kofi Annan:
Attention: How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?,You may not understand why this mail came to you. (note from Jane: I know exactly why this email came to me.) We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the then secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 50,000...We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you...You are advised to contact Mr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK NIGERIA PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$ 50,000...send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.
Conatct Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque: Person to Contact Mr. Jim Ovia Email: email@example.com.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.
Making the world a better place
Mr. Kofi Annan Former Secretary (UNITED NATIONS)
Somebody has got to buy Kofi a spell-checker and work on his subject-verb agreement.
Updated Notes on Countrywide
I posted a reader's email yesterday who said he'd been getting calls from Countrywide reminding him to make his mortgage payments. He'd gotten two calls in a row one week before his payment due date, followed by a third call reminding him to be sure to pay next month, too. We called Countrywide to ask if this is a new policy. The company says it is not, that, on some loans, "investors require us to make reminder calls."
Are you getting reminder calls from your lender? Is it something new for you? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Yes, I am blatantly squatting on Diana Olick's beat, but, man, she gets a lot of blog hits and I want to leech off some traffic. I am ruthless.
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