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BS-mail Part 2: The stupidest hoax ever

Hey, have you sent out eight e-mails to your closest friends so you can claim your free EricssonT18 laptop? Oh, you sent out 20 so you’ll receive the bigger, better model, the $320? You did remember to cc the forwards to Anna at ericsson.com, right.If so, you’ve been had, suckah. And it may be — strike that, it IS — the stupidest e-mail hoax EVER.

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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs review

I saw a cut movie this weekend with my son. As a family movie with a moral, I highly recommend it. Just keep in mind that it's animated, not real, then sit back and enjoy the hilarity.

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Goody, a new scam!

It’s new to me, anyway. I’ve gotten more than my share of get rich quick offers from Nigeria, and literally hundreds of versions of the “you are a winner of our annual Lottery conducted in United Kingdom” e-mail, and no telling how many foreign financial ministers who have access to zillions of bucks they need to get out of the country.

But this is a new one. The e-mail follows:


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CHUNG AND ASSOCIATES

SOLICITOR AND ADVOCATES

NO. 24, JALAN MELAKA RAYA 31,

TAMAN MELAKA RAYA

MALAYSIA


I am David Chung, an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine,

that shares the same last name as yours, died as the result of a heart-related

condition on March 12th 2005. His heart condition was due to the death of all

the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26th December 2004 in

Sumatra Indonesia . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake

I can be reached on ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information.

My late Client has a deposit of seventeen point five Million Dollars

( US$17.5 Million Dollars) left behind.

Best regards,

Barr David Chung

Attorney at Law


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A quick Google finds similar e-mails received by other people from Barrister Chin Leong, Donald Lai (Esq.), William Robert Dines & Co., “Mohd Roslim, an attorney at law,” etc., etc. You get the picture. Usually they come from Malaysia or somewhere else along the Pacific Rim, but I’ve seen Portugal mentioned, too. It's apparently been circulating on the net since 2007 at least, although there seems to be a recent spate of the messages in recent months.


Then again, perhaps it is  legitimate offer. I mean, they’ve cited a Wikipedia reference to an actual event, so it must be true, right?


I'm kidding, of course. Suffice it to say that it is very, very unlikely that someone from the Far East was able to track down your e-mail using only your last name, and that there is no money to be had, although it’s a safe bet that if you contact them, they’ll say you’ll be a very rich person if you’ll only wire them a couple of thousand dollars. Yeah, right.


The only reason I can imagine that these scams continue to propagate is because someone occasionally bites on these offers. I've actually met people so desperate for money they've actually contemplated sending in the cash. Don't do it, and if you do, don’t say we didn’t wan you.

Yes, there is still a Wingstop in our future

Some may remember that in the distant past — on or about Aug. 1 in the year of our Lord 2007, IIRC — the News-Telegram reported that an investment group planned to open a Wingstop franchise in Sulphur Springs. We're still waiting for that order to be filled.
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Graybar Hotel opening for business again?

After racking up about $35,000 in Graybar Hotel costs in other counties, Hopkins County may finally be able to take care of its own jail inmates on November 5.
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