Example of Internet Scam

Dear Friend,

I am an accountant with OCEANIC BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC; my name is Mr. CHARLES OKAFOR a Banker. I am the Accounts officer to ENGINEER (A.Tyler) a Foreign National, who is a contractor with the DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS.

Here in after shall be referred to as my client On 30 JAN 2000, my client, his wife, and their three children were involved in an Auto-Crash along Lagos -Sagamu Expressway and all died in thisfatal air crash on 21st April 2001. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get the account confiscated or declaredunserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, particularly the OCEANIC BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($6.0million us dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are related so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($6.0 million US Dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me Can share the money 60% to me and 40% to you .An attorney will be contracted to help us revalidate and notarize all the necessarylegal do*****ents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me from any breach of the law and also please send to me your telephone number so that i can be able to call at once.

Best regards,

CHARLES OKAFOR


Seriously, who’s going to believe this crap. Continue reading

Don't drink and change your password

This should be categorized under “cool and funny”, but losing all your personal mails in my opinion is not cool or funny. I changed my Hotmail, Gmail and my site’s password yesterday because I’m paranoid. I have been using public computers to login to these accounts for the past 2 weeks and who knows, someone might already have captured my passwords.

So I changed my passwords using a random password generator. It generated a totally random password and I put it in without writing it down because I thought I could remember it. Then I went over to Bev’s house and had a little alcohol.

I came back, and wanted to login. Then suddenly, no matter how hard I try, I could not remember my newly created password. It was disaster. I was locked out of my Hotmail (including MSN Messenger), Gmail and my very own site! I tried to recover the password, but the alternate email of the hotmail account was set to my gmail and the alternate email of the gmail account was set to my hotmail account. Personally at that time I did not care if I lose my mails. I just wanted to get my site back.

So I went and altered the MySQL database and managed to get in. But I still do not have the password to my Hotmail and Gmail.

Then surprisingly, this morning when I woke up, it all came back to me =D So the next time, don’t drink write down your password somewhere. Continue reading