When Spam Does Pay

 

A can of Spam

A can of Spam

I’m sure by now we’ve all seen the emails in your inbox or left as comments on your blog.  Every once in a while, folks wonder if spamming pays.  I don’t know about you but I always delete the garbage.  Every once in a while, I’ll send off a complaint email if I know it’ll get a result.

Well wonder no more.  Looks like Citibank has proven once and for all that it does. 37-year-old Nigerian scammer Paul Gabriel Amos convinced Citibank officials to wire him $27 million belonging to Ethiopia.  While the FBI arrested Amos when he tried to visit Los Angeles, there’s no mention of where the money is.

I have to wonder, as noted in the some of the comments within that article, if some of the bailout money give to Citibank was included within that amount.

Does anyone every think of identity theft?

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On my walk in this morning to UNCC, I found a recent letter from the IRS on the side of the road.  While the letter contained the name and current address of the person, (Of course it would.  It is a letter after all.  How else would it get to the person?) the person’s social security number and phone number were also included in the letter.

Besides wondering why the IRS would send out such a letter containing such information in light of all of the problems with identity theft in today’s world, one has to wonder why and how the letter wound up on the side of the road.  If I was some person with evil intent, I could be going nuts with this information.  Can you say “Wide screen television”?  I knew you could.

Santos Ernesto Alvarado of Charlotte, NC?  You got very lucky today.  I shredded the letter that you lost.

Another Disney Actress Gets Busted

Well yet another Disney star is in trouble. You would have thought by now that Disney would have done something to mentor these folks. Seems like every time you turn around, another one is in trouble and it’s all over the news.

It’s a pity though that this time it’s a Kim Possible actress.

What’s next? Christy Carlson Romano doing a sex scene on Family Guy? Oh wait. She did. Link.

TV star Kirsten Storms was arrested for DUI in September 2007, in LA. Kirsten, who voices the cheerleader Bonnie Rockwaller in Disney’s “Kim Possible”, was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

Talk about the Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun

From here
Miss America 1944 - Venus Ramey - Image from Hulton Archive and Getty ImagesWAYNESBURG, Ky. — She was Miss America in 1944, but Venus Ramey said an accomplishment Friday the 13th pleases her just as much.
The 82-year-old Ramey was alerted to a gang of metal thieves on her property near Waynesburg by her dogs. She said she jumped in her truck and drove to the building that was being looted, blocked an SUV and stepped out of her vehicle with a .38-caliber revolver.
A man told her he was “scrapping metal.” Venus replied “not my metal,” and shot out one of his tires. She held the man at gunpoint as four others fled. Ramey flagged down a driver with a cell phone and had a call placed to the sheriff’s office.
Deputy Sheriff Danny Gilliam saidone man will be charged. The others who ran were rounded up, but released.

Talk about the Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun

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From here:

WAYNESBURG, Ky. — She was Miss America in 1944, but Venus Ramey said an accomplishment Friday the 13th pleases her just as much.

The 82-year-old Ramey was alerted to a gang of metal thieves on her
property near Waynesburg by her dogs. She said she jumped in her truck
and drove to the building that was being looted, blocked an SUV and
stepped out of her vehicle with a .38-caliber revolver.

A man told her he was “scrapping metal.” Venus replied “not my
metal,” and shot out one of his tires. She held the man at gunpoint as
four others fled. Ramey flagged down a driver with a cell phone and had
a call placed to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Sheriff Danny Gilliam saidone man will be charged. The others who ran were rounded up, but released.

But I didn’t hear anything…

Hmm, we had a pipe bomb discovered near me today.

Link

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A street near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is back open after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police blew up what looked like a pipe bomb.

The bomb squad blew up the device found in a convenience store
dumpster around 10 a.m. The clerk at the store at the intersection of
University City Boulevard and John Mark Road found the cylinder wrapped
in black tape, which was attached to what looked like a timing device.

Investigators now say it was not a real bomb, but they have no idea who put it there or why.