|Wha? You don't want 10 million dolla? You crazy or wha?|
I have had a couple of comments from folks - mostly young - who, not being as grisly and wizened as some of us, have been understandably concerned about the emails from Yeung Lap Ming - yep, our pal The Lap Doggy. Then, concern in hand, they innocently wander into Limboland trying to get a handle on the Lapper's BIZ and are met with all manner of obtuse, obscure and comedic invention, leaving Limboland dazed, bewildered and baffled. (Or "barfled", a combination of bafflement and stomach upset.)
So, as a disclaimer of sorts I have cut and pasted the words of Buffy Staffordshire, a top contributor to Yahoo Answers, into Limboland to provide some clarity and fact to the exploits of the dastardly Mingler. My initial blog: "Yeung Lap Ming has a BIZ to do...with me!" has had almost 900 readers. While I like to believe that my compelling storytelling, along with the colorful characterizations and the labyrinthine run-on sentences, is fomenting a frenzied word-of-mouth rush to Limboland, the truth is there is nothing like a celebrity in your title to attract attention. Especially one with such enormous x-gender and x-generational appeal!
Here's the straight scoop from a real reporter. Oh and I was wrong about the Ebola Monkey Man. His legacy lives on!
Meanwhile, I have a character splayed naked on a cool hardwood floor at the feet of someone wearing women's wing tips who could possibly be the evil Lap Dancer though I am hoping it is the ex-wife of Rip-em-off Raj Rajaratnam! Anyway I best tend to that rather touchy/feely situation!
How LOW can you GO?
There is no banker at some overseas bank who suddenly found a dormant account with millions yet can't find a single relative of the account owner who managed to die suddenly in a plane/train/car accident or whatever natural disaster was just on the world news and didn't leave a will. Now this highly educated executive who writes like an 8 year old, must have a foreign partner to help him move this newly discovered wealth to any bank in any other country before his government seizes the cash.
|The Lapper Gets Nailed|
The next email was from one of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "minister/banker/barrister" and has demanded you pay for made-up money transfer, document, certificate, stamp and bank fees, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.
Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
If you google "fake next-of-kin scam", "fraud inheritance bank Western Union scam", "fake Ghana refugee scam", "fraud romance scammer" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
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