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$15 million richer.........NOT!!!!

June 18th, 2008 at 08:20 pm

I have noticed a virtual explosion in the volumes of phony emails wanting to give me money. At the rate it is going -- you would think that Nigeria is one of the richest nations of the world! Smile
The story has shifted slightly from about a year ago -- the message used to be that I would cash a check for them, keep a percentage, and send them the balance. The poor soul was unable to cash the check themselves. But lately I notice that they would like personal information and that they would get back to me. A poor soul died without heirs and the barrister would like me to be the heir. Yeah, right! Here's a brief portion of the email:
"I am Barrister Alban Galadari Frank (Esq)a Solicitor at law and the personal attorney to late Engr.Hens Sanders,a National of your country, who used to be a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria, herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001, he and his newly married wife were involved in an auto crash, all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then, I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proven unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you with this business partnership proposal.

I contacted you to assist in repatriating a huge amount of money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where these huge deposit was lodged. The deceased had a deposit valued presently at$15million US Dollars with a bank here and the Bank has issued me a notice as his lawyer to provide his next of kin or Beneficiary by Will otherwise have the
account confiscated within the next thirty official working days.

The request for you as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that my client was a foreigner and a national of your country, I seek your consent so that the proceeds of this account valued at $15Million USdollars can be paid to you. This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you I have the means to provide all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make All I require is your honest Co-operation,Confidentiality and Trust
to enable us see this transaction through".

The email goes on to ask for pertinent personal information. Have any of you seen this flurry of emails also? Are people this gullible?

As a closing note -- anyone want to split a few million with me? Smile

I Broke Even!

June 9th, 2008 at 03:18 am

I broke even at bunco on Friday night - I was the biggest loser so I got my $10 back! I did well for the evening - a great Middle Eastern meal, wine, and gabbing with the girls!

Saturday was a busy day as well. DD had her end of year party for Girl Scouts at a local bowling alley. Lots of fun! I took home some leftover pizza for DH - he inhaled all of it that night! DD went home to a friend's house straight from the party to spend the night. This morning she went to a breakfast birthday party in her jammies until noon. I thought that was a great idea for a party -- breakfast is easy to prepare and inexpensive. They also played bingo and hung out.

This evening we had cornish game hens on the grill, homemade break sticks, baked beans, and salad for dinner. Dessert was a peach cobbler made with FIL's peaches. I am stuffed! Cornish game hens were free or almost free a few months back being on sale and using coupons. I have more stashed in the freezer that I think I will use for a 4th of July BBQ.

Now off to get DD's clothes and lunch ready for tomorrow. Good night everyone!

Bunco Night

June 7th, 2008 at 12:22 am

Tonight is bunco night with the girls - dinner, wine, and chitchat and bunco. We meet once a month - $10 is a good price for a good meal and enjoyment with friends. I win some money a few times a year so I just about break even. I especially enjoy the evening because I rarely get to socialize with other moms. I work with men almost exclusively (construction work) and it is sure nice to have a change. Sometimes we donate the cost to a needy parent at our school - we did have one single mother who was struggling to make ends meet (no support from the father of the children). We rotate the meetings at each member's home. DH and kids not allowed back in the house until at least 10:30 p.m.! In fact, DH is always asking what exactly we talk about. I tell him that it is a secret and that I would have to kill him if I tell him. : ) I'll let you know if I win anything tonight!!!

I Have Been So Busy that I ......

June 6th, 2008 at 03:27 am

haven't had the time to deposit our state refund check into the bank!! We got our check from Gov. Arnold last week. I usually try to stop by the bank during lunch (I hate going after work because I would rather just go home) but too many meetings rolled into lunch. I also went running on Wed. In one way that is good - I have no pressing financial need. But it is also bad - I need to deposit the funds and then transfer to ING Direct until we decide what we want to do with it. Turbo Tax tells me that we will be entitled to a stimulus check of $1500. DH and I are still pondering about those funds. So far I am in favor of investing. We do have a 1991 Nissan that is still chugging along on the original engine but this automotive senior citizen will not last forever! I bought her brand new for $8k out the door. I got my money's worth. Ms. Nissan has problems passing the smog test every two years so DH thinks we should just sell and buy a used smaller car (this is his commuting car). I tentatively agree but would like to drive her until she goes to the junkyard. So maybe the $1500 can go to the future car fund. We do have other vehicles (paid for) that DH wants to keep.

Another no-spend day today as well. Had a frozen pizza at work with lemonade. When I got home, I scoured the cupboards, fridge, and freezer and made some ham and spinach omelets. That was paired with carrots and I made a copycat Wendy's Frosty (fairly low calorie) for dessert. Yum!