Hacked By Imam with love
Hacked By Imam with love
With that said, after reviewing my list of frequent spammers and scammers, I have decided to implement a banning system.
If you find that you cannot visit this site and you receive a nice, “Thanks for all the SPAM!” message, then you can be pretty assured that 1) I received all of your spam and 2) I don’t need any more.
Between all the awesome porno ads and offers of free Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra, I will need another one hundred years before I need any more!
Ham, on the other hand, I will always be able to use more of.
Thanks for all the SPAM!
Okay, so I just could NOT resist myself (and apparently… neither could he!) and after two months of deliberation…
Guess who fought through the overseas holiday shipping rush and caught the first plane ride home to me and arrived via regular airmail in ONE WEEK flat?
THIS pointy-eared, pointy-toothed, teal-colored, food-loving Munchlax, that’s who!
Soft, smooth-furred, squashy but firm, and sitting over 60cm tall, what’s NOT to love about this plush Munchlax?
Okay, so this is kind of a strange topic to blog about… but hey.
It has to do with the online world and since I haven’t been doing much online traversing nowadays, I figured I might as well talk about an online scam I ran into recently.
So the latest in online via email IRS tax scamming and information phishing is this little gem here that goes something like this:
Welcome to Eftps
Your Federal Tax Payment ID: insert bogus number here has been rejected. Please, check the information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section:
Return Reason Code R21 – The identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid.
In other way forward information to your accountant adviser.
on the site. James was appointed guardian of his two younger brothers, William Wright and Joseph Tarpelin,
EFTPS: The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
You are using an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. Unauthorized modification of any information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution. The Government may monitor and audit the usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that the use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.
This was copied and pasted directly from my email.
Poor grammar, a random spammy message that didn’t show up until the copy and paste (the bit about James and Joseph – WTF, man? the hell does THAT have anything to do with my taxes?), and the fact that I never signed up for the website in the FIRST place (much less made a tax payment) red flagged this message as a “phishing” attempt or some sort of scam attempt.
To test my theory and suspicions, I opened up the link in a virtual environment where the worst that could happen would be limited to that one virtual environment and… guess what? My antivirus software went nuts over it – complaining that the link linked to malicious malware or a site that contained malicious malware.
Have you ever bought an item or won an item in an auction on eBay thinking that you had won an item of a specific sort only to receive the package… and then realize that there were surprises in store for you?
It’s been a while since I’ve received any surprises through eBay auctions, but I guess my Tonberry card was feeling neglected because it suddenly activated on me and what was already a good bargain became a VERY unexpected (but much appreciated!) steal of a deal.
The item in question that became a steal of a deal is this:
Originally, I was bidding – or I thought I was bidding – on just that – the Pokemon HeartGold version boxed game with the manuals and Pokewalker accessory for the Nintendo DS and DS Lite.
After some communication with the seller to (ironically) confirm the contents of the auction, I made my bid and then won the auction for less than $30.00 with Priority shipping included.
Because I wanted to catch the Nintendo Wi-Fi Mew event before October 30, I asked the seller if they would mind shipping it with Priority if I volunteered to pay the additional shipping. They agreed to it and promised to try and ship ASAP as long as I could make my payment in time.
The payment was made faster than you could yell “Pokemon!” and after that, it became a waiting game… that lasted a grand total of two days. The package shipped on Monday and it reached me on Wednesday (today).
I was definitely anticipating the arrival of the package so I was really happy (and relieved!) to see the package in my mailbox and after taking care of the other pieces of not-so-interesting mail, I set up my table to get ready for a photography session.
In the middle of cutting open the bubble envelope, I realized that the package inside… was bigger than my SoulSilver box.
Wait… what? What was going on? Didn’t I buy the HeartGold version of the game?
I hurriedly cut away the rest of the top of the envelope, reached inside, and pulled out THIS:
WHOA! Talk about surprises!
Here I thought I had won an auction for the game set ONLY… only to receive the Wal-Mart limited edition bundle set that includes the boxed game with the Pokewalker accessory, a Ho-oh and HeartGold-themed Pokewalker jacket with a wrist strap, and a Ho-oh figurine!
Since I had only purchased the game set with no extras I thought that maybe some of the items in the bundle were probably missing and so I opened up the box and pulled everything out to see what the deal was.
Maaan oh man. Just take a LOOK at this!
I was kind of expecting for something or other to be missing since I had made the assumption that I was buying the game set only (the game box with its contents that you saw in a earlier picture), but inspection of my package shows that NOTHING is missing.
The limited edition Ho-oh figurine is there and so is the limited edition Pokewalker jacket cover with its matching wrist strap. Despite the box being a bit squashed in some places, everything packaged inside the box is in near-mint condition.
I guess when the seller told me that everything was nearly new and barely used, they really meant it because… wow. Just… wow.
I’m definitely surprised and for once, it’s in a good way!
Not only did I receive my package in record time for it having traveled across the country, but I received way more than I had bargained for besides.
Way, way cool.
To the seller who sold me this item, “THANK YOU; you really made my day and I hope you like the glowing feedback I left for you!”
Over and out,