The spam and scams never end!

Howdy, y’all.

You’d think the criminals would take a little time off to celebrate holidays and such, but no.  They’re workaholics and they cast wide nets, hoping to snag someone.  Sadly, they usually do.

Take Mr. John David for example.  He thinks that a subject line screaming good news will entice me.  He thinks I’ll happily download the attached file without a thought.  I won’t, but someone else might.

Job scammers are busy, too.  They’re still stealing contact information from legitimate job search sites and sending job offers out.  Natalie Gittens (norts@optusnet.com.au and nataliegitten@gmail.com) contacted me about a job after finding my resume on Career Builder.

Subject:  Position available _ id – R348KC6535197.

Greetings,

By this email we would like to reply to your CV that you’ve posted with CareerBuilder and suggest you to apply for a vacant position with our Company. Our job is not related to any sales, MLM or similar companies that would ask you to pay entrance fee or subscribe to a kind of mailing structure. Working with us, you will be engaged in a real business issue that would require your part-time involvement. You can generate profit even staying at your home or office. This is a longtime job with salary guaranteed.

Vacancy: Turnover Manager
Payment Amount: $1650/month.
Type: Part-Time

Situation: the United States of America

Responsibilities: Forwarding packages

Overview:

– Possibility to work during 6-10 hours a week;
– You are a US citizen;
– High level of responsibility;
– 21+ y.o.;
– PC/Home office;
– Confident and skilled in using Microsoft office including Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, email and Internet;
– Possibility to combine this job with other activities;
– You can accept packages weighting up to 10 kg;
– Legitimate shipping address is available.

For getting more information, please send your answer back.

When we verify your data and find it suitable, you will be contacted by our job manager.

Faithfully yours,
BTK-Sales Inc.

Sigh.  A part-time job paying $1650 a month should raise eyebrows, but sometimes people are desperate for just one of these offers to be real.  They’re not.  They’re either after your money,  making you an accessory to a crime, or both.  Seriously, it’s fake.  Please don’t fall for it.

Have you receive any interesting ‘job’ offers lately?  Share with the rest of us.

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A day in the life

Curious about this telecommuting mom’s daily weekday schedule? It’s less exciting than you’d think.

5:15-5:30 am  crawl out of bed (yeah, right)

5:45 am  really crawl out of bed, scramble around like a crazy woman

5:50 – 6:30 am  make breakfast and lunch for man and boy, kick them out for the day

6:30 – 7:30 am shower, breakfast, coffee

7:30 am – noon work

noon- 1 pm lunch

1-2 pm exercise break

2-4 pm work

After 4, unless I’m swamped or distracted, I play around online for me. Pinterest, blogs, shopping for free e-books, finding recipes, clean, or whatever.  I start on dinner around 5-5:30 pm and from then on it’s family time.

I take stretch breaks while at my desk (because I pay dearly when I don’t) and am interrupted by dogs, the girl, package deliveries, and the occasional random visit.

On that note, don’t drop by without giving me a call first. It makes me a little cranky.

What does your day look like?

Balancing housework and work – shortcuts rule

Just because I’m here all day doesn’t mean I’m free to cook and clean like a boss.  Really, family, feed and clean up after yourselves!  I don’t always feel this way, but on busy days, it’s the rule.

One of the more interesting things I learned when I first made the switch to telecommuting related to housework.  Regardless of what others might think, it is work and sometimes with a set schedule.  My hubby and kids thought my schedule would include gourmet meals every night and a spotless house.  Hahahahahaha!  In the beginning, I took care of the kids’ laundry and that alone could take a chunk out of my day.  Ever found half a week-old cookie or candy bar in a pair of pants?  Oy!  I knew I had to figure something out or I’d lose my mind.   

My cleaning schedule secret?  Keep up on cleaning so all the rooms need on a daily basis are minor touch ups.  It may seem like an ‘easy for you to say’ thing, but it is easy once it becomes a habit,  Let’s take it one room at a time.  

The bathroom.  Just thinking about cleaning one makes me a little scared.  A quick wipe down is all mine need most of the time thanks to after shower sprays and handy toilet brushes.  If I clean the tub once a week and  everyone remembers to hit it with the after shower spray, I’m golden.  If they forget and I remember to hit it before it dries, I’m still golden.  For quick wipe downs,  homemade wipes (lavender Castile soap, warm water, and peppermint essential oil-soaked microfiber cloths) are ready to roll.  I use them on surfaces and on the floor.

Yes, I’m one of those crunchy mamas.  I came to crunchy later in the game, but it is strong in me. 

My bathroom cleaning plan works in other rooms, too.  In the living room, a quick wipe down keeps dust at bay and I hid clutter in baskets, storage ottoman,  and a vintage hatbox.  I found the hatbox at a yard sale and found it the perfect place to hold video games.  In the kitchen, the dishwasher runs when full and the counters get a once over.    

Once I got a good cleaning schedule down (not quite a Fly Lady thing, but similar), I went to work on the daily menu. Breakfast and lunch were easy to handle because hubby and the kiddos either took lunch or ate at school and wanted the same few breakfast items.  Making a big batch of pancakes ahead of time made mornings so much easier.  And frozen waffles, cereal, leftover pizza, and even hot dogs rounded out their lists of favs.  Dinner, however, made for interesting conversations.  We ate a little late and far too much takeout in the early days. I’d work without checking the time and without planning ahead and we’d end up eating out.  Meal planning and cooking ahead help a lot.  

I don’t always make formal meal plans,but they help.  It gives the family and idea what to expect during the week and cuts back on the holy crap it’s late brain freeze.  Big batches of beans (for all) and meat (for the fam) are cooked and finished on meal day accordingly.  On bbq night, the protein gets sauce while reheating and I make slaw and reheat beans for sides.  Feeling Cajun?  I saute peppers, onions, and celery then add kidney beans, heat through, and serve over rice with greens and cornbread on the side.  And when I forget to defrost something, nothing beats a full country breakfast – grits, potatoes, biscuits, scrambles, pancakes, and fruit.  I’m just beginning to experiment with Once a Month Cooking and will let you know how it goes.   

So, have you figured out how to balance the workload and housework load?  

A little behind – sick days rule (kinda)

Ok, so I started this blogging challenge and have every intention of getting in 30+ posts in October.  What I didn’t count on is the pain flare from hell.  I’ve been barely moving for two days now.  Sitting hurts, lying hurts, standing is near impossible.  It’s typical for me to hurt a little more a few days each month, but come on! Times like this I’m really glad I have the flex schedule I’ve always wanted.

I work every day, but not a typical 8 hour workday.  I put in 25-40 hours a week depending on what I’m working on, and most days I keep my workload down to 4-6 hours.  When pain kicks in, I cut back.  I am no good to anyone when the pain fog meets pain meds fog.  I’m not sure how this will work outside of home or with a typical schedule.  Thankfully, right now, I don’t have to find out.

On sick days, I work a little via cell.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love technology?  And automation software rules!  I can schedule posts while lucid and not worry about it.  Not worry much, anyway.  I can check email and social media from bed.   My next purchase may be Dragon Naturally Speaking so I can get more done.

As for housework, that’s what kids are for.  🙂  And my pain + med fog makes me more entertaining.  At least I think so.

And now that i’m feeling a little better, it’s time to make up for lost time.   I have a feeling that my to do list will make me consider going back to bed.

So, telecommuters. how do you handle your sick days?

Inspiration via young-uns

ImageDisclaimer:  Migraine-fueled posts are rambly.  

Oy, anyone else dragging?

Wednesday is usually a pretty good day.  It’s not Monday, which helps, and it’s usually a light-ish day as far as workload.  But this morning, a migraine hit.  I felt it coming last night and hoped I’d done enough to keep it away, but I failed.  A nasty one can last for days, but I do not have time for one.  I needed energy, so I stared with yoga. It relaxed me, but the aura was still there.  Coffee was my next move.  While yummy, it is not my friend and is sill kicking me in the gut.  I had no choice but to push through, so my workday started.

Blog posts, a newsletter, and article notes were all on my to-do list.  Three cups of coffee helped me through two of the posts (thanks in part to pre-written outlines), and a fourth got me through the newsletter.  Social media posts are easy when they’re mine, but my clients don’t really want chatter about my soap (General Hospital, ftw) or my geekdom.  After a stretch break, I decided to look to my kids for inspiration.  How do they beak up the day when they just don’t feel it?

My human kids game and listen to music. They keep a running commentary going as they do.  Chatter referring to game cut scenes, how hard an artist is rocking out, and groans when asked to quiet down a notch did nothing to inspire me today.  I don’t think my usual music of choice or the flashing graphics in a game will quite cut it today. Sorry, kiddos, and thanks for nothing!  Not really.

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I looked at the furkids next.  My dogs are something else. I love how honestly they respond to whatever is happening around them. Old Man Oz, Stalker Victor, and Baby Girl Fred are always good for a smile, ‘aww,’ or ‘dang it, dog.’ Get treats? Bounce around happily.  Family leaves for work and school?  Pout and whine while watching the car pull out of the driveway. Mommy working?  Wrestle, bark at the UPS guy across the street, or sleep.  Raw, honest reactions.  I decided to follow their lead and take a quick nap.  It worked.

Do your pets inspire you?

See you tomorrow.

Yet another ‘widow wanting to fulfill her husband’s final wish’ scam

Stupid scammers.  Tugging at my heartstrings won’t help you get my money.  You need to stop.

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From:  My Late Husband Wish Fund (annablair@gmail.com)

Subject:  My Late husband wish fund

My Dear Friend,

Let me first of all inform you, I got your email address from a mail Directory and decided to mail you for a permission to go ahead. I am Mrs. Anna Blair from United Kingdom, married to Dr. Anthony R. Blair who worked with Texaco Oil Company in Malaysia before he died in a plane crash on his way to a Board
meeting. My Husband and I were married but without any children. Since his death I decided not to re-marry and presently I am 79 Years old.
When my late husband was Alive he deposited the sum of $11.5M. (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) with a Bank.

Presently this money is still with the Bank and the management just Wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather Issue a letter of authority to somebody to receive it on my behalf. I am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment Cancer of the lungs. I have
since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live so I think the best thing to do is to use the money for charity purposes.

I want a person who is trustworthy that I will make the beneficiary of my late Husband’s Fund deposited with the bank so that the person can get the money and utilize 70% of this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around the world.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact details of the Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in and Keep this contact confidential till such a time this funds
get to your Custody. This is  to ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth.

I await your urgent reply.

Regards,
Mrs. Anna Blair

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Just stop.  Random strangers do not offer 70% of $11+million dollars to others over the Internet.  Yes, there are random acts of kindness.  And sometimes these random acts involve large sums of money.   An email or letter like this one, however, is a scam. Please don’t not fall for it.

Be safe.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Go hang with your dad, even if it’s just a phone call.

Miss you, Daddy.  Always.

Fake job offer from Maggy Patterson

:facepalm:

Yes, it’s just that obvious.  Oh, Maggy, I’m no that desperate, honey.

From:  Maggy Paterson (radaelliingaberg@yahoo.com)

Subject:  Current Open Position:  ID/J0NFQ9C758

Hello !

Please, have look at the following offer.

Deliver Goods Internationally incorporated has opened the position of a delivery employee. In case you have received this letter, that means the online recruiting department officers have seen your resume in the Internet, since our recruiting department is looking for nominees in the Internet.

Deliver Goods Internationally incorporated inc is a European company which is situated in Poland (Warsaw). This company provides retail sales and forwarding of a lot of goods (mostly modern electronics devices) and realizing it to European clients. We have been quite viable in this sphere since 2005.

Your duties will consist of receiving goods and forwarding them via United States Postal Service and many other agencies.

You do not have to put in any money from your pocket. The salary rate is $1,500 monthly minimum amount and it is derived from each task rate with unlimited peak.

The demanded qualification will be as follows:

– aged 18 years old minimum
– be situated at specified address on a regular basis
– a computer furnished with web option
– possess daytime contact dial number.

You do not need to have any additional space for storing the items.

This letter will be regarded as a formal offer of employment and it does not involve any suspicious activities.

If you are interested, please contact us via email.

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“This letter will be regarded as a formal offer of employment and it does not involve any suspicious activities.”

Bwahaahaaa!

If anything from that email seems like a legitimate offer from a legitimate company, please let me know.

Until next time, be safe and laugh often.

Happy Earth Day!

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Do your part to keep her strong.  Love your corner of the world and inspire others to love theirs.  The more who care, the better.

 

Wow, the abundance of spam!

It amazes me how much spam I receive in a week.  On this blog alone I received 37 spam comments.  And  my spam inbox sees an average of 100 messages a week. I wish it was more interesting or varied so I could share, but they’re all the same messages from different people.

‘You’ve won the British Lottery’

‘hey there, sexy’

‘grow your penis’

‘your fourth cousin once removed died and left you millions’

And it goes on from there.  See, boring.

I’ll post the new and different ones when they come.  Those and ones that just set my teeth on edge.

Until next time, peace.