Strange Blond Behavior

A blond woman walks into the men's clothing department carrying some sort of gadget in her hand. She walks up to the wall along the men's dressing rooms and raises the gadget up to the wall. Slowly she begins to scan the wall with the electronic tool and begins to get excited when she hears it beep. Confused by her behavior a store clerk asks her what she is doing. The blond responds, "Well aren't you the bright one! Can't you see I'm looking for a good man?" as her electronic gadget once more begins to beep. The clerk looks at her even more confused and says, "Miss, this is the men's dressing room and whatever it is you're doing with that gadget on the wall may cause our customers to feel uneasy." The blond responds, "Well helllllo! Don't you understand that I'm using the latest technology to locate a good man? It's called a stud finder, and since it's beeping there must be a studly hunk in the dressing room!"

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No Can for Forum Spam

Just when you think the spam may be under control, think again. If you're like me you hang out in numerous forums. Due to the possibility of forum spam I never have a personal email address posted, but it doesn't prevent the possibility of receiving spam through a private message from the forum.

Typically, the spam that circulates in a forum are from spam bots promoting a product or web site. However, money laundering scams have been on the increase within forum spam.

As we've shared in previous stories, one never wants to open an account for the purpose of receiving funds transferred from another, or collect a percentage of the funds received. That is a form of money laundering. Here's an example below of one such money laundering phishing trip.

For those who are unaware of what money laundering is, it serves as a good example. As silly as it may appear there are those who actually fall for the scam, and find themselves in serious trouble. Don't take their bait! Money laundering is a serious crime with serious consequences for those who take their bait! One last point; will the spammers ever learn how to spell? And, where's the can for forum spam?

Forum Spam Money Laundering Solicitaion (Names have been deleted):

Dear One,

My warmest greeting to you. (Yes, these ridiculous greetings are typical in spam).
I am Name Changed and I inheritated an important some from my late father who died in recent crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing and real estate management in your country. I have Five million, seven hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($5,700,000) to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund in your account in your country. I will gladly give you some resonable percent from the total sum for your assistance.

Before his death on September 2005, he gave me all the necessary legal documents to the deposit of the fund in the bank, I am 23 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will be convinient for me to return back home if I so desire. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of business world.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I confirm your willingness, I will send to you my picture and also give you more details about myself and the bank were my late father deposited the fund, so that you can reach the bank and confirm the existence of the fund as well, because seeing is believing. Please always reply me through this my private email: for security reason.

Awaiting your immediate response and may God bless you.

With love,
Name Changed
As you learned above, forum spam is not an ethical practice, and not a good way to promote a web site, product or service. And obviously, one does not want to promote illegal activities as demonstrated above!

The Wedding Dress Guy

It certainly is not a crime for a man to sell his divorced wife's wedding dress on Ebay, but such a story is an opportunity for a good laugh. The all familiar statement, "I bought it on Ebay!" was shouting from some souls lips after 113 bids. Although it may not be a phishy story in regards to how the dress was marketed, it will get you thinking about how you could market something from your attic. The divorced husband modeled the dress for his Ebay listing photos, and along with his description of the wedding dress he captured the eyeballs of nearly 18 million people!

Marriage proposals were also made to the man through several emails he received. When you capture an audience of close to 18 million there's bound to be another opportunity to glean from one's efforts. Such was the case for the Wedding Dress Guy, but it wasn't another marriage that he was seeking.

Although his wife did not exit the divorce with such fame as her husband, at least she walked away with the $4,000.00 wedding ring. With nearly 18 million hits from his auction you have to wonder if she was one who gazed upon his marketing strategy.

On a more serious note, if you are truly in love and looking for an engagement ring, here's an opportunity to find one online. Purchasing a diamond ring from a brick and mortar store will cost 30-40% more than buying on the Internet. If you are looking to buy an engagement ring or other diamond earrings, be sure to check out before making your jewelry purchase - you will save money on a quality ring.

Cheap Lasik Eye Surgery

Have you finally made the decision to have Lasik eye surgery, but are you short on cash to get it done? Now you can have your eyes done for the meager price of $99.00 plus shipping per eye! Wow, now that's a bargain. If you read that carefully you should be asking, "Shipping? Why are you talking about shipping?" Shipping is needed for this alternative way to get your Lasik eye surgery accomplished since YOU will be performing the surgery yourself, you will of course need the necessary equipment!

Now you really didn't expect to get Lasik eye surgery done at a clinic for only $99.00 did you? Due to advancements in the latest technology and the reduction of cost to develop electronic gadgets, you can have the necessary equipment sent to your home to perform Lasik surgery!

Suddenly with that last sentence we're now discussing James Bond. "Why James Bond?" you ask. Because if the dude who has this website continues to fool people to purchase a $99.00 gizmo to do Lasik surgery you will want to hire someone like a James Bond to go after him. Or perhaps I'm the fool for thinking it is only a joke?

In-home Lasik surgery.... Is that dude really selling those Lasik surgery gizmos? What will they think of next?
© July 2006 Author: Tammara Nelson
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Rent or Purchase a Home?

For most people the choice to purchase a home versus buying a home is made based on the amount of money they would have available for a down payment. Although it could be argued that it's always best to purchase a home and build equity rather than to rent, for some people they are better off renting.

Home owners have a tremendous amount of responsibility in regards to maintaining a home so things operate smoothly. It's an ongoing chore to keep things looking good as one must groom their yard and keep faded trim freshly painted. Then there are those who lack total common sense and you have to wonder how they even come close to meeting the expectations of home ownership.

One such example is the story of a Florida couple who loaded close to 3000 pounds of lumber onto their car, along with bags of cement mix inside. Is the story true or is it a phishy one just to get your attention? I'll let you be the judge when you view the details here. Hmm, if they lack the common sense to know a car cannot carry a load of lumber one has to wonder how they apply common sense to construct a home!

As I said, some people are better off renting. Perhaps that person would be best to consider an Orlando Rental Home where they could enjoy exciting theme parks, glorious white sandy beaches, and a warm welcome from the locals who love to see people enjoying themselves. For a renter in Orlando, every day could be like a vacation without the responsibilities of home ownership.

So for the couple with the lumber load, I say the answer is obvious that he should not consider home ownership, but stick with renting!

Huggy, the Purebred Dog Was Stolen

Unless you're in law enforcement there aren't too many opportunities in life when you can experience the role of an undercover detective. If you like solving a good mystery than you may be intrigued by detective work, or at least a good detective story.

In the late 1970's I was working in the home furnishings industry selling draperies and floor coverings. The receptionist Roberta and I enjoyed crafts and she had her own kiln for firing ceramics. One evening I became acquainted with Roberta's purebred cocker spaniel dog "Huggy" while working on ceramics at her home. As most dogs are, her dog was very happy, and loved to be pampered.

Several months later, while at work Roberta told me that Huggy had suddenly disappeared, and she naturally was quite upset. In that her dog was confined to their fenced back yard, it certainly was suspicious that her dog suddenly disappeared.

The family that lived next door to Roberta had two children but they did not have a dog of their own. Roberta and her husband always allowed their children to play with Huggy. Then the family moved away and Huggy disappeared the same day!

Roberta's heart was sure the neighbor stole her dog, and she came up with a plan to investigate. First she would have to find out where they moved. The house the neighbor family moved out of was a rental, which was managed by a realtor. She called the realtor and explained that she had some items which belonged to the family that vacated the rental, and that they were stored in her garage. Back in the late 70's the laws were quite different than now so the realtor did not hesitate to provide her with the address to a new home the family had purchased. Now all Roberta needed was their new phone number. That was the easy task since it was listed with directory assistance. Roberta then proceeded with her plan to retrieve Huggy.

Armed with her newfound information Roberta contacted the neighbor by phone. Roberta's neighbor did not know she worked for a drapery and floor covering company, and nor were they familiar with her voice over the phone, but just to be sure she concealed her identity over the phone. She called and asked if they would like to get a quote for window coverings for their new home. As luck would have it they were receptive to have a representative go out and measure their windows and provide them with a quote. That was where the fun came in for me, and our detective work to rescue Huggy had begun!

Roberta asked if I would go out to her neighbors' new home to see if Huggy was there, while pretending that my intentions were to provide them with a quote for window treatments. I eagerly complied and left for the appointment.

I'll never forget as I walked through the door to their house. Just as Roberta had suspected, Huggy indeed was there! However, Huggy was no longer the happy doggy that I had remembered, and they were calling her "Huggy Bear!" That was all the evidence I needed, and it was obvious that the dog they referred to as "Huggy Bear", was really Roberta's dog Huggy. It was difficult for me to keep a straight face knowing the real reason as to why I was there, but I went along with the game to measure for draperies as planned, but very anxious to finish.

Finally, I finished measuring the windows and completed the quote. The couple informed me they would not make a decision on the window treatments that day, which was obviously fine with me as I had no intentions on closing the sale!

I quickly departed their home and I drove to the nearest phone booth to call Roberta, as this was before cell phones existed. Roberta answered and I could not speak the words quickly enough, "Roberta, they have Huggy! We have to save Huggy!" Roberta was elated when I told her Huggy was there.

As I drove back to the office to meet up with Roberts, she called the police department. Her request was met with much resistance, and the Police department was refusing to get involved. Their decision angered Roberta as she was determined to get her dog back. She informed the police department the fact that she owned a handgun, and would take it with her to retrieve her dog herself! Roberta certainly went out on a limb to inform them that she would go out there with her gun, but it prompted them to listen to her plea for help! The police department agreed they would send an unmarked car out to meet us at her neighbors' new home early that evening, but they made it clear that without a search warrant the police officer could not enter the home.

With the plan in place we later arrived at their home to meet the detective and retrieve Roberta's dog Huggy. Roberta went to the door as the detective and I stood out of sight at the front corner of the home. The father opened the door and as soon as he recognized Roberta he quickly pulled the door against his body so she couldn't see inside. Roberta informed him she was there to retrieve Huggy, yet he denied having Huggy. It was then that Roberta responded, "Well, she says you have Huggy!" as she pointed in my direction. At that moment the detective and I walked toward the door. The father just stood there with a dumbfounded look on his face gazing toward me as he realized he had been tricked by our clever plan.

Stuttering nervously, he reached into the house to get Huggy, yet continued to deny that Huggy was Roberta's dog. He then released Huggy into Roberta's arms. It was the most wonderful moment I had ever seen between a dog and its owner! Huggy was so excited to see Roberta and the wagging of her tail proved her happiness.

Without incident, Roberta left with Huggy in her arms, and I left feeling like I had just been transformed from a decorator to a detective. Needless to say that was one estimate for window coverings that I never sold, but the reunion between Roberta and her dog was priceless, and far more valuable.

Just when you thought this story was over I must share how it ended, which was with nearly an unbelievable twist. The family that stole Roberta's dog wanted to get Huggy back, and of course they were angry at Roberta for being so clever. The father figured he could take Roberta to court and prove that Huggy was his dog! It was nearly unbelievable to us that anyone would have the nerve to try such an idea, but when the court day finally arrived, reality hit as we sat in the courtroom.

Roberta and I found ourselves defending her status as the true owner of Huggy. Prior to court, Roberta and I met with the prosecuting attorney. He absolutely loved our story, and laughed about how we rescued Huggy. He was very surprised that her former neighbor was trying to prove that Huggy was their dog. He did not see that there should be any challenge, but he was wrong.

Roberta nearly lost the battle in court since she did not have papers on Huggy, and as the judge stated to Roberta, "The dog is a purebred, and therefore appears to be the same dog as any other black cocker. Due to the fact that you don't have papers to prove Huggy is your dog, how do we know you are really the owner of Huggy?" Roberta and I were shocked that the judge was moving to rule in favor of the man that stole her dog, and panic set in as we realized she was about to lose her Huggy to the thief!

However, thieves and crooks are not as smart as they may attempt to appear. Such was the case when the dog snatcher volunteered to take the stand. Since the judge was actually ruling in his favor, the man would have faired better if he had kept his mouth shut. But, the tongue will always reveal the truth when it trips over it's own lies! When the man took the stand he immediately discredited himself by trying to fabricate an elaborate story, and fortunately the judge saw through to the truth, and realized that Roberta indeed was the true owner of Huggy.

Justice was served, and the dog snatcher was fined with the court costs, our mileage to court, and our lost wages for our time in court, and he was placed on one year of probation.

To bring this detective story to a final close, thankfully it was proved that Huggy of course knew who her real owner was, and who the thief was. A good dog can always sniff out a crook. But, if there's a lesson to learn here it is the fact that one should always should have papers on a purebred dog, as you may one day need them in court to claim ownership of your dog.

© July 2006 Author: Tammara Nelson
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Make Money With Your Blog

So you want to make money with your blog? One way is to advertise for Blogitive! Blogitive serves Internet businesses that would like to place their ads in various blogs. For each offer to advertise on your blog Blogitive pays you with the understanding that the ad will remain on your blog. You are paid for each ad you place on your blog, not for someone to click through to the advertisers site.

I started with Blogitive in early June and have received various offers. Their program is fun to use as it also requires some creativity on your part to post some of the ads. When I initially signed up with Blogitive I was hoping to receive ad offers that were always related to my blog. Although that has not always been the case, if you want to make some spare cash it's a fun program to work with.

How does it work? Here is an example of what it is like to work with Blogitive. You receive an offer for a specific phrase or word and along with that an explanation on how you might use those words for the company that is advertising.

For example, today I received some offers for my blog, and I'll now take a station break to present an offer to you:

For a large selection of auto, van, suv and truck accessories you can find a great new source to select an item such as a truck tonneau cover. You can improve your vehicle by adding either exterior or interior accessories. Their site also offers some great tips and safely suggestions for your vehicle.

Need more than just accessories for your vehicle? Shopping for car insurance is a great way to save money on car insurance. Shopping auto insurance online is easy to find auto insurance online. In some states you could complete the process and have your proof of insurance in 15 minutes!

So, there you have it. Several examples of offers a blogger may receive from Blogitive! If you don't like signing up for services that you don't know anything about, I can tell you with confidence that Blogitive works, and they pay as promised, which is once a week after the ads have been placed on your blog and approved by Blogitive. So there's nothing phishy about their opportunity!

Forwarding Packages Work at Home Scams

For anyone that is looking for a work at home telecommuting job you have to sift through piles of fraudulent offers to find a legitimate one. A common practice for thieves is to find their accomplices by hiring online. For those who are unaware, they become a target to assist in criminal activity. One such type of program is package re-labeling and forwarding. In one method of forwarding the thief hires an individual to receive merchandise at their address, re-label it and then package it for shipping to the final destination, which may be out of the country. As an example, they may offer to pay a person $30.00 to receive the merchandise, and then ship it out to another destination. Here is an example of forwarding in an FBI press release.

Anytime you see a program where they want you to receive packages, and then turn around and ship or sell them elsewhere is most likely an indication of a money laundering scam. Money laundering does not always involve only money, but also involves merchandise. It is probably stolen merchandise that they want you to ship for them.

If you think about it, why would ANY company not want to ship their product DIRECTLY to their clients? The simple answer is most likely due to the fact that they need to cover their tracks. It's sort of like when a crook commits a crime with a get-a-way car and then later ditches that car to switch to another to cover their tracks. It's the same concept.

Also, shipping costs are so expensive that it does not make economic sense for a business to incur additional expenses to ship merchandise anywhere other than directly to the final destination of their consumer!

Before you get involved in any work at home offer be doubly sure you know the facts and have done your homework before you make your decision. If something doesn't seem right, listen to your gut instinct! A package is not always what its wrapped up to be.

11 Hanging on a Rope

Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter; ten men and one woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to leave, because otherwise they were all going to fall. They weren't able to name that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return. As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping!