Tuesday, October 22, 2013

indian "419" scam

just got a mail from what was purportedly the reserve bank of india. with one attachment. it was very tersely worded, but knowing how inscrutable government communications can be (yes, i know, there's no reason for the RBI to mail me... but still), i previewed it in google docs. i was half expecting a virus, but what i read surprised me:

from: Reserve bank of India <info@rbi.net>
reply-to: <rbitransferunit9@gmail.com>
to: <info@rbi.net>
date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 3:12 AM
subject: (no subject)

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Please Find The Attachment To This Mail

attachment: open.rtf

Payment file: RBI-DEL/id1033/11.
Payment amount: $ 500,000. us dollars.

                           RESERVE BANK OF INDIA OFFICIAL PAYMENT NOTIFICATION    
Attn: Beneficiary:
The Foreign Exchange Transfer  Department Reserve bank of India has decided to bring to your attention, that you were listed as a beneficiary in the recent schedule for payment of outstanding debts incurred by the BRITISH GOVERNMENT Pending since  2009  to  2013  According to your file record with your email address, Your payment is categorized as:
Contract Type: Lottery/inheritance/ unpaid contract funds/ Undelivered Lottery fund/
Recently on the 01 October 2013. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Dr. Raghuram Govinda Rajan and Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations met with the Senate Tax Committee on Finance RBI Mumbai/Delhi branch. Regarding unclaimed funds which have been due for a long run, at end of the meeting (RBI) Governor, Dr. Raghuram Govinda Rajan mandate all unclaimed funds to be release back to the beneficiary stating that it is an unfair practice to withhold funds for government basket for one reason or the other for tax accumulations. Therefore, we are writing this email to inform you that $500,000usd will be release to you in your name, as it was committed for (RBI) Governor that Beneficiary will have to pay crediting fees only. So you are therefore required to pay 16,500 INR ONLY in cash deposit to credit your account immediately making a deadline of 2 working days after date of receiving this mail. Also reconfirm your details- for crediting.
Fill The Form Below:
1. Full Names: 
2. Residential Address:
3. MOBILE NUMBER:  
4. Occupation:                   
5. Sex:                                  
6. Age:                                 
7. Country:                        
8. Marital Status:              
9. E-mail id:                     
10. Bank Name:               
11. Account Number:
12. Account Holders Name: 
13. Bank Branch:                 

Dr. Raghuram Govinda Rajan                                               
RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
          GOVERNOR.

Monday, October 21, 2013

almost blind

Monday morning. I woke up, groggy, and started getting ready. my right eye was hurting, and I had no idea why. checked it in the washbasin mirror, and realized that although it was open and responding, it was covered with a very evil looking orange layer, with brown spots. I thought to myself: "wow, I can't see through my right eye, and I didn't even realize it!"

I realized a sty is only noticeable because of the physical realization of the eyelid not opening, and I may not even realize if I was blind in one eye, as long as my eyelid worked fine.

since washing my eye wasn't helping, I tried closing my (good) eye and judging my vision. there was none. but if I focused hard enough, I could see stuff. it looked like a dark, blurry version of the inside of my eye. I stared, fascinated by what I saw, a sight which I can't find words to describe.

and then my alarm went off.

I woke up with my right eye hurting.

I immediately went to the washbasin and looked at it.

I had a sty.

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