Aug 15 2009

Feeling Itchy Yet Fred?

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 10:42 pm

I received an e-mail that got around my GMail spam filter by keeping the main message within an attached document. Anyway,
‘Fred Driver’, using as his e-mail address sent the following…

Plz view attachment for your message.


attached was the following request…

Dear Friend,

I am Capt. Fred Driver, an American Soldier, I am presently attached to a security company here in Iraq, I am assigned with the 1st Armored Division (Basra) here in Iraq. I am writing following an opportunity that will be of immense benefit to both of us.

As you know we are being attacked by insurgents on daily basis coupled with (Improvised explosive device) explosives we encounter almost every day, this has been responsible for the loss of both US & British Soldiers more than combat confrontations.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, we discovered various amount of funds running into millions of dollars which we returned to the new (Iraqi Government) as you can see on this website:

However, when the situation became critical and we began to loose soldiers on daily basis and coupled with the recent deployment of United States Soldier out from Iraq, I decided to keep some of these funds we discovered just to help our family in case we didn’t make it out of Iraq alive. The total amount in my custody here is US$12.5million dollars in cash.


All you have to do is just help me receive these funds in your account for us to share. On receipt of your details, I will properly guide you on the procedure we will adapt to facilitate a smooth transfer of these funds.
Kindly send me an e-mail, signifying your interest including
Your name:
Telephone/fax numbers for quick communication:
Contact address:
NOTE: This transaction is risk free and the case can be shipped out within 48hrs after we have both agreed to carry out this venture.

I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible.

Capt. Fred Driver

Deciding to check if s/he had used that alias before in other 419 scams, I came across a couple of instances back in May, thought about making contact and seeing if I could waste some of their time, but got bored very quickly writing a reply. So the following got sent instead…

Congratulations on your promotion from Sgt. to Capt., and I am glad you have managed to sort out $6 million dollars already, since May 19th (see here and here).

If I had the time right now, I would gladly engage you in a long running e-mail exchange, in the hope that any time of yours that I wasted would be time you couldn’t be successfully conning at least one gullible person out there.
I spent quite a lot of time dealing with 419ers in one of my old jobs back in England – using the deaths of soldiers in Iraq is pretty fricking low, scraping the bottom of the barrel like those scammers who use names of those killed on 9/11.

May you get a crab infestation and your arms be too short to scratch, or failing that, at least get a conscience and decide to do honest work for a living.


Chris Merriman

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Jul 15 2007

Shock… Well Mild Surprise… OK No Suprise At All

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 1:37 am

I won’t link to all the previous Paris Hilton stories, just type her name into the search box on the left if you would like to read the older ones. Anyway, there was a massive amount of, well, non-amazement as the LA Association for Deputy Sheriffs claimed she was given preferential treatment.
Apparently, she was given a mobile phone, so she would not have to wait in a line with all the other inmates, who have to wait and queue to use a pay phone. Rather than have some skanky, pre-used prison uniform, she was given a new, unused set, and her mail was delivered personally by a captain, rather than trusting the post to be delivered by another inmate, as is the norm.
OK, the mail part I can possibly see an argument for, but if the mail delivery inmate is chosen for their (relative) trustworthiness, there shouldn’t be an issue. Other than that, if the allegations are true (currently they are refuted by the LA Sherriff’s dept. itself), I sincerely hope the decision makers are chastised. If it can be proven any favours/dollars were involved, the perpetrators need to be fired, with no pension etc.

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Apr 18 2007

Shards Of Honor

Category: BooksChrisM @ 2:04 pm

Shards Of Honor – Lois McMaster Bujold

This is one of the Miles Vorkosigan series, though it is set about a year before his birth.

There are two main characters in this novel, who start off with completing opposing idealogies, or at least it would seem.

The female character is Capt. Naismith, who is on a planet for a survey for her homeworld – The Beta Colony. She meets the other main character Capt Vorkosigan, who has already (mostly unfairly) earned the nickname the Butcher of Komarr. They come from different planets, and find themselves on this planet for very different reasons.
The story follows the two characters fight for survival on this planet, and without wanting to give the game away too much, the future Miles Vorkosigan must have a mother!
I liked this book enough to read all the others in the series.

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