Friday, March 28, 2008

The Old Lottery Scam !

It's Friday and the portal to the weekend is opening. It's an inviting day thus far and images of my pals in AREA5 1 are running through my mind. My body, on the other hand, doth protest at the way that it's been treated lately. It will probably be necessary to have a meeting of body and soul this afternoon to agree upon a destination and a reasonable hour to return home.

Well at least it's Friday and although I procratinate, I'll assemble my body parts and see if I can't ease on over to Lakes Cafe for happy hour and a little rest and recreation. What the hell, they ladies will be there and one never knows, do one ?


                                                WELL,  HELLO  THERE !


I was watching the local news last evening and they were doing story about a man who was scammed out of $20,000 by crooks who claimed they had a winning lottery ticket. It seems that the man was approached by another Hispanic man who claimed to have a winning ticket but was afraid to cash it because he was in this country illegally.

He was told that they would give a him a large sum of money (in cash and tax free) if he would assist them in claiming the money. Since the scammee (for lack of a better word) would legally be in possession of the winning ticket, they required a "good faith" deposit in order to proceed with the transaction.

They called an 800 number that was on the falsified ticket and, sure enough, a person answered in Spanish, gave the man the winning numbers of the winning ticket and told him the amount of money the ticket was worth. Once assured of the supposed value of the ticket, the scammee went to his bank and withdrew $20,000.

While both men were in the car, the crook took the scammee's money, put it in an envelope and put it in the glove compartment. He then excused himself to supposedly get some documents. When the crook did not return after a period of time, the scammee opened the glove compartment and took out the envelope. The money was gone.

In the evening news report, they portrayed the scammee as a poor soul who had been scammed out of his "life savings". In truth, the man was stupid, greedy and was willing to, and in the process of, commiting a crime and breaking the law in order for some easy money. I also have serious doubts if the money was his life savings.

Sorry Jose, but it's against the law and you knew that. It's bad enough that you got scammed and attempted to break the law while attempting to aid and abet this crook, but you were crazy to go to the authorities because they won't be able to get your money back and all you succeeded in doing was to further embarrass yourself.


We've got one nominee so far for this weeks CAT award. Remember you can nominate someone until Monday at noon, so if you spot a deserving soul(s), by all means, make a nomination !

The Pictures: I've shown you pictures this week of some strange relationships in the animal kingdom and today I've got a few more. There's the case of the female tiger whose entire litter died at birth and she was still lactating and evidently still pining for her lost kittens. At the same time, some piglets were orphaned so....yeah, someone decided the idea would work and so it did. The pics are self explanatory.

Then there's the case of the deer who decided that she would befriend a rabbit. Some touching pictures of the wonder of nature. I'm also going to re-run the pictures of Billy the boxer (as in dog) and his adopted friend Lily the kid (as in baby goat).

And for my pal, Garnett, who commented that yesterday's catfish was huge...well, if you think that was was huge, check this one out !

This Date In History: 1797; The first U.S. patent for a washing machine was granted to Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire. 1834; For the first time in history, the U.S. Senate votes to censure a president, declaring that Andrew Jackson inappropriately removed federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. 1930; The ancient Turkish city of Constantinople changes its name to Istanbul. 1941; British writer Virginia Woolf commits suicide by drowning. 1969; In London, Ringo Starr announces that there will be no more public appearances by The Beatles. 1979; A nuclear disaster at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania increases public concern about the safety of nuclear power.

Birthdays: George I, king of Great Britain (1660), Paul Whiteman, band leader (1891), Edward Muskie, American political leader (1941), Sir Dirk Bogarde, actor and writer (1921).

The Hits Just Keep On Coming:

The Centipede

A lonely man went to the pet store to buy a pet. He told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet and after some thought he told the owner that he would buy the centipede, which came with it's own little house.

He took the centipede home, found a good location for it and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to AREA 51 at Lakes Cafe for a drink. So he asked the centipede in the little house, "Would you like to go to Lakes Cafe for a beer?" But there was no answer from thelittle house.

This bothered him a bit, but he waited for a few minutes and then asked his centipede again, "How about going to Lakes Cafe and having a beer with me?" But again, there was no answer from his new pet and friend.

So he waited a few more minutes and then he put his face up against the centipede's little house and shouted, "Hey in there! Are you deaf? I asked you if you wanted to go to Lakes Cafe and have a beer with me?"

A little voice came out of the little house, "I heard you the first time! I'm putting my shoes on!"

The Diamond Bracelet

A woman walked into a jewelry store and strolled over to the counter to admire the jewelry. When she espied a stunning diamond bracelet, she bent over to inspect the bracelet more closely. Unfortunately she inadvertently passed gas and immediately stood up.

Redfaced, she looked around to see if anyone had heard the inadvertent toot and saw that no one was near her. Relieved, she knew that all she needed was a little time for the air to clear and everything would be fine.

Predictably, a young salesman came over and said, "good afternoon madam, can I show you something?" The woman was so embarrassed that she muttered, "That diamond bracelet is beautiful. How much does it cost?"

The salesman replied, "Well lady, if you farted when you saw it, you're gonna shit when you hear the price !"

That's it for today my little sweet potatos. Have a great and safe weekend and more on Monday.

Stay Tuned !


garnett109 said...

79 was like the end of the world here in pa, hell they even sold tee shirts that said i survived tmi

nhd106 said...

Funny diamond joke!


luvrte66 said...

I agree with your take on the "scammee." What a dope.


lsfp1960 said...

Personally, I haven't been able to acquire a taste for cat fish. That and lamb/mutton are equally repulsive to me.  Now bring me a nice salmon or some halibut and that's a different story.    Cute pictures....I hope mama tiger is of the Jewish faith...otherwise her adopted babies may end up in her stomach.  Have a good weekend and play it cool. Linda in cold, snowy western Washington.  

bamawmn46 said...

I had catfish fingers for dinner tonight.... and i just can't imagine where catfish might have fingers!  

Have a good one, Jimmy..... Hi to the paper boy when you drag your happy asp home!!! lol


lanurseprn said...

Your jokes were so funny! Thanks for the laugh! As for the guy who lost all that thinks he deserved it!

luvrte66 said...

By the way, the Brian Setzer Orchestra does a great version of "Mack the Knife." Towards the end, when it really kicks in, I like to holler, "Bring it on home, Brian!" My coworkers are amused by this.


mpnaz58 said...

The nerve of reporting the theft when he himself was breaking the law!!  You've been keeping quite a pace lately...ya' ever gonna slow down??
xoxo ~Myra

midwestvintage said...

 On top form today Jimmy.  Keep me laughing.