Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I have had several successful transactions on eBay but my recent transaction left me utterly distressed. I bid for a DSLR and was successful. Then I made the payment using PayPal. These are the responses from the seller:
First email after payment had been made through PayPal
We hope you enjoy your purchase. Your payment has been received for the following
Item title: Olympus USA EVOLT E-500 8 MP 2 Lens Kit 3 YR Warranty
Web Address: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7570781736
Item number: 7570781736
Second email after payment had been made through PayPal
Unfortunately we are unable to complete this transaction as the address on file is not a confirmed one. We will be refunding your PayPal payment shortly. If you would like this item shipped to your address in Malaysia you will need to pay via a Bank Transfer or Western Union.
As far as the three year warranty is concerned I do not believe it would be honored by your local dealer, but I am not sure.
As those of you who have traded on eBay and registered with PayPal would know, PayPal cannot confirm your credit card billing address if you are not resident in USA. The seller I am dealing with is a seasoned trader on eBay with a long record of positive feedbacks and he should know that when he offers his cameras for sale or auction "worldwide" he will have buyers from countries outside USA, like me, whose credit card billing address cannot be confirmed and if he doesn't want to take the risk then he shouldn't do business with us. Now I have to wait for him to refund me the USD944 that I have already paid him for the item.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
In the wake of the hullabaloo over the naked Chinese woman being made to do the "ear squat" by the Police, the DIGP's response to the public outcry and Deputy Minister Noh's "foot-in-the-mouth" press statement regarding disgruntled tourists, it was refreshing to read today's Star's front page piece entitled "PM applauds Nicol and family".
Many people have called on the Government to reward Nicol with a datukship, pointing out, probably with a tinge of wicked humour, that a certain Penang state resident who had swum across the English channel with a remarkably slow time was rewarded with a datukship. However, the PM has rightly pointed out that Nicol's achievement was as much to her credit as it is to her parents' credit because they must have made a great deal of sacrifice in nurturing the world squash champion. Pak Lah even compared "Pak David" with "Pak Sidek" and like Pak Sidek who was awarded with a Datukship for producing badminton champions in his children, it is only right that due recognition be given to Pak David. The Penang state government should give him a datukship. I'm sure Nicol will be most happy for her dad to receive this recognition.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
It would appear that these people are getting more inventive and creative and their standard of the English language is also improving. However, their intelligence is still at the same low level. For the record I have reproduced the email in its entirety below.
I am Dr.LOUIS VON ZEUNER from Armenia, currently based in CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA.
I am the formal Secretary to Mikhail Khodorkovsky (M.K) the richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian Most Largest Oil Company)
Chairman CEO:Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its branches all over the world). I am convinced that your business dealing is suitable for the investment of US$50 million
(Fifty million United States dollars) deposited with a Bank in the Netherlands.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
The documents of the above funds in question was handed over to me to be used in payment of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Already the funds
have been deposited with a Finance Company in the Netherlands where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his involvement on politics in financing
the leading and opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces) led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party led by Greg or yavlinsky) which poses treat to President
Vladimir Put in second tenure as Russian president. You can catch more of the story on this web site.
Or the daily mirror.
YOUR ROLE: All I need from you is to stand as the Beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will arrange for the documentation which will enable the Finance company in the Netherlands transfer
the sum to you. I am assuring you that this transaction is hundred percent risks free. I have set out an agreeable percentage to any prospective partner, this is a legitimate transaction. Invariably you will be
paid 25% for your management fees.
Remember that the need for confidential handling of this transaction is very important for the fact that Mikhail Khodorkovsky is undergoing trial in Russia; it will be my greatest pleasure to do business with you.
Please reply this mail in the shortest possible time as time is of vital important. Please reply back to me on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through my portable phone and fax numbers below.
DR LOUIS VON ZEUNER
Tel: 00 870763970080
Fax: 00 870763970082
NB: YOU CAN READ MORE OF HIS ORDEAL FROM;
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I was following the Live Score Board of the World Squash Open 2005 in the Hong Kong Squash Centre online and the score stood at 8/10, 9/2, 9/6, 8/7 in Nicol David's favour when the website went bonkers and a message "under construction" appeared. When I managed to get back the Live Score Board it was for the Men's Final which had not started yet. Therefore I assume that Nicol David is the Ladies' Champion even though I can't get the final score. The joke is that for the first game the Live Score Board gave the game to Nicol with a score of 10/8 but this was later reversed to 8/10 in favour of Rachael Grinham. It would appear that the people in Hong Kong were having trouble with their website.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Read the email I've just received and you will know why. This is the third scam email I am blogging to share with those who are interested and hopefully to prevent anybody from being conned into losing their pants. If you ever receive such an email, have a good giggle and then delete it. Don't respond to it and above all don't remit any of your hard-earned cash!
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Suite 179 1007
West/Zuld, L70 1NL
Government Accredited Licensed lottery promoters.
International Promotions/Prize Award Department
Login to http://lottery.co.uk/res
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
national lottery held on the 23th November, 2005. All 10 winning addresses
were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Your
email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year
national lotto game draw
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
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2, Batch 7499-4206-5876
3, Ref: 739801527-Nll
4, lucky numbers 94-1-537-97-31-809
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
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Telephone number +31 -6100- 234 82
Bejes law & Associates
This will enable the office of bejes & asscociates to send the claims
application form (A4) to you the Beneficiary.you can confirm your winnings
when you LOGIN TO http://lottery.co.uk/res
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to
you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part
of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted
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Good luck from me and members of staff of the NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Mrs Maria Rooney
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
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