It’s been a 2017 for the ages already. The hits that we all took 2016 refuse to let up.
So, tell me how you’re doing so far. How’s the job search? Have you found any leads that made you smile? Have you gotten better at spotting scams? What would you like to see here? Bring on the comments!
When someone approaches me offering to transfer funds from a deceased family member’s bank account, I smell scam. Lost and forgotten accounts are real, but you need to find them yourself. No news report regarding a bank tracking down family members to give them money have ever come across my radar.
Here’s the message from Yuan Peng, complete with the email addresses used.
From: Yuan Peng (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: Important (Business) Deal
I am Mr Yuan Peng, I work as the head of audit within our bank’s account management team. It has come to our attention while in the process to a new digital banking system that a late family member of yours still has an active account within our bank, containing a significant amount of funds. We are bound by law to transfer the funds to any surviving family member as the beneficiary of the deceased account, please respond at your earliest convenience so I can send you the details to get this process in motion.
Notice how there is no name entered in the greeting? Someone was in a rush to throw the message out there and did not bother to address me by name. Sloppy.
Be safe out there. Scammers are busy all year, but seem to ramp up the intensity after the holidays and before school starts when people traditionally need a little extra cash.
Until next time, beware of offers of free money.
Honestly, I could not have put this any better than she did.
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I’m so ready for 2016 to end. We lost so many heroes this past year. It seemed like every day there was news of a celebrity death. Bowie and Prince helped shape me. Carrie Fisher was a hero because she was so fearless, open, and badass. Rickman’s voice was silenced.
Death hit close to home, too. My big brother was a mystery and the reason I earned a yellow belt in karate. My pup Freddie was my baby. Did I mention how I held her on her first ride home?
What else? Health took a hit, wallet took another. And don’t get me started on election season.
There was good, too. I found some answers I needed. Teen Boy is a college freshman. Adult Girl earned her Associate Degree in Engineering Design Graphics. We installed a programmable thermostat and did not blow a fuse or burn the house down.
All in all, I’m just ready for the fresh start for the new year. How about you?
Here’s to a wonderful 2017. May it be healthier, happier, and better for all of us. Salud!
Time really flies!
I did not realize it had been so long since I’d posted. You know how life gets in the way, right?
More posts are on the way. Now that the holiday season is getting close (I know, I know), expect scammers to come out even harder than usual. As I’ve said before, there are real home-based jobs out there, but you have to do your homework.
If you have questions on how to find something, reach out. I’m around, even when I’m quiet.
So, what are your plans for the month? Are you searching for work? Filing taxes? Trying to stay warm and sane?
Tell me what you’re up to and I’ll share as well.
Until then, peace.
February is a bad month, especially during Leap Year.
I lost my father and now my brother in February. It makes me feel like my time here is even shorter than it feels. It’s an unpleasant feeling.
May 2016 bring you all that you need and more. Salud!
Have a wonderful Christmas day!