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Reverend Innocent Johnson

Starfish have no brains.  How’s that for a blog starter?

Now, here’s some nonsense: I received the following email a few days ago that I post in part:

Attention Customer,

 You have received this email because you are a Customer of Western Union Money Transfer.

 I have been trying to get in-touch with you on phone before I traveled. I have handed over your funds of $ 2,500.000.00 USD to the new Director here Rev. Innocent Johnson. I have remitted the first payment of $5,000 with the help of my working partner Rev. Innocent Johnson to you and here is the information. Money Transfer Control Number MTCN: 5519104405 Sender’s First Name: PETER Sender’s Last Name: CHUKWU Text Question: RIGHT

Answer: NOW

 I told him to keep sending you $ 5,000 USD daily until the payment of $ 2,500.000.00 USD is completed and again forward them your Telephone number, Full Name, Your Country and address so that they will be sure. Please, contact: Rev. Innocent Johnson with the below details:

 Noted: If there is any problem with the transfer, do contact Rev. Innocent Johnson and he will solve it for you. The care of the funds is under his custody now.


Justin Larry

There’s just something about this email that doesn’t seem true! Although, I do enjoy the names. How can you argue with a Reverend name Innocent, or a fellow named Peter Chuckwu?

The point of this blog is basically… where is the truth? Come on. Why can’t some people be real.

I promise not to get started on insurance ads or political campaigns. So, I will just leave it at that. Why the nonsense? Because they think we are starfish?

And for pic o’ day:



A Bunch of Snow

Someday I hope to be scrolling through the blog collection on a hot day, and then stumble on this Friday blog. I know it’s not much of a legal blog but it does reflect the mindset… SNOW!

It did allow us to return some phone calls and get caught up on email. And, the lawyers in the intake department stayed faithful. Way to go Intake!!! The offices that really never close, even when the doors might be closed.

Meanwhile, I worked a bit (a very little bit) from the warmth of my home office. And here are the snow pictures from the house. Maybe you’ll come back to this blog on a hot day too.

From the side of the porch

snow 1


From the back of the house… through the window. (that means I was being really lazy)

snow 2

And then down the street from the front door.

snow road

I hope you have a great weekend!!!!

Constant Holiday Wishes

I keep getting emails in my in-box that wish me happy holidays or Merry Christmas. It makes me wonder if they really mean it because it is usually followed by how I can save 20% on a shirt, or how I can buy one sweater… and get three free. Do I really need four sweaters right now?

Those emails just don’t feel real. Plus, it feels like the email is replacing the good old-fashioned Christmas card. Just sayin’.

Anyway, I thought I would do a holiday blog with something that makes me smile:


And then a good old-fashioned “Angry Cat” pic o’ day finish. This sure beats a sale on ties!


A Lawyer’s Spam Email

Good Morning Monday! I received another. A spam email asking for money. It makes it sound like a friend traveling is in need and can’t call.

on the pillow

I had read about versions of this email and had received one similar to this a few years ago. Here’s the email that might pop into your email in-box:

   I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we  had to be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a program. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we  misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight  seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had.

I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed  very grateful if i can get a loan of $2,250 USD or whatever you can afford to spare me from you. this  will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever  you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return. let me know if  you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest.

Thanks so much

This email came from a named lawyer that I see about once a year. It was even his correct name. Still, I knew this was a falsehood. Despite the nonsense of the email, there are even clues with the grammar and some of the letters. Plus, when was the last time that you saw someone ask for money with “USD” after it?

If you get something like this, then I would recommend to just quickly delete. A good reminder that spammers/scammers are still at work.

And for pic o’ day, I am posting one that might be an old one. It was just sent to me and it made me laugh. Please keep those pic o’s coming please!

cat shoes

Seriously… December 2?

I truly feel as though 2013 has been the fastest year of my life. Now, the hustle of the holidays.  Sometimes, I feel like my desk is on Interstate 95. Maybe that’s why people wish for the fictional town of Mayberry.

Of course, how can you argue with the simplicity of the Mayberry character Earnest T with such famous quotes as, ” I already know the front part of the alphabet: A-B-C-F-L-G.  I know a lot of other letters too, but not in a row like that.”

I remember my Bible teacher, Dr Custer, who taught us the meaning of the Bible term “walking circumspectly”. He defined it as “walking with eyes in the back of your head”.

We live in a day and time when individuals of bad character are trying to take advantage of our busy lives. They dream up schemes and scams. We have to walk with eyes in the back of our head to be careful.

USA Today is warning of scams for our holiday online shopping. According to the article, criminals are concentrating on mobile devices and social media. Cybercriminals have begun to flood emails and social media postings with tainted web links, offers for worthless products and attempts to get us to fill out fake forms, to give them our personal information.

There are fake delivery confirmations and order notices that are supposedly being sent from such companies as FedEX, UPS, DHL, Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Target and even ToysRus. Just clicking on those links can cause a hacker to take control of your computer.

Companies that are working to fight these fraudulent attacks such as Signifyd, instruct us not to click on these sites unless you specifically know that you are expecting a specific package and the email is coming from a person that you personally know. Even then, these corporate companies almost never send personal confirmation emails.

One cybersecurity analyst noted that, “We tend to trust our mobile devices because no one else touches them. Plus, we’re human and we feel compelled to click”. That is why these cybercriminals are focusing on online scams.

On Monday, privacy solutions vendor Abine released a DoNotTrackMe browsing tool. There are other tools online that can fight these tracking software mechanisms. Still, I thought that a blog reminder at this time of year is a good reminder…  for me. Some things have been popping in the “in box” that are tempting to click.   Instead, I shake my head and wish for simpler days! A reminder of Dr Custer’s instruction.

And for simple things, DID YOU KNOW that the chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933? Here is some cookie history that made me smile and hungry,  that includes the Toll House Inn.

For pic o’ day from Amy M.

Sandwich Dog


“The End of Overeating”

Personal responsiblity is an every day discussion in the injury law world. Let me sidestep all that to describe a book that I am reading on personal responsibility… at the dinner table!

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite is a long title for the short thought of eating less. For our monthly digital newsletter (yes, a shameless plug) the social media staff asks me to list a book for that I am currently reading.

If you grabbed my kindle right now, you would see that I have several books in “mid-book”. Usually, I only have one fiction and the rest are study, motiviation or leadership books.

Personal responsibility on the highways; Personal responsibility on the food intake.

Here is a teaser from the book. I turn to a couple chapter titles: “Sugar, Fat, and Salt Make Us Eat More Sugar, Fat and Salt”.  Now that makes sense.  Another chapter is titled “Pushing Up Our Settling Points”.  That chapter also discusses Robert De Niro’s method for gaining and losing weight  for a movie role.

Finally, this book discusses one study that required a group to keep track of weekly calories. Invariably, people underestimate calorie intake by roughly 400 calories per day. According to the book, that’s why people don’t lose weight.

See, you come to a legal blog for some legal stuff… you arrive to find a weight loss book recommendation.  Like Yogi Berra put it best, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there”.

DID YOU KNOW that Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words? Yep, that knowledge is about as usual as knowing that Cleveland spelled backwards is “DNA level C”.

And for pic o’ day I went with some food:


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