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Scams

This one is so incoherent I’m not quite sure how I’m being scammed…

Hi,

Pardon me for not having the pleasure of knowing your mindset before making you this offer and it is utterly confidential and genuine by virtue of its nature.I write to solicit your assistance in a funds transfer deal involving US$ 3.5M.This fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made last year by my branch office the International Commercial Bank which I am the manager.

I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2005 to my head office here in Accra-Ghana and they will never know of this excess. I have since then, placed this amount on a Non-Investment Account without a beneficiary.

Upon your response, I will configure your name on our database as holder of the Non-Investment Account. I will then guide you on how to apply to my head office for the Account Closure/ bank-to-bank remittance of the funds to your designated bank account.

If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 30% of the funds while 70% shall be for me.

Kindly forward your response to: ton011icb@excite.com
Mobile: +233-24-967-0169
With Regards,
Anthony Aka

Peru: Lake Titicaca

Arriving in Puno was a little disorientating. At about 4000m I certainly felt like things weren´t quite right in my head. Some coca tea and a decent meal helped, though a killer pisco sour was probably a backward step. The next morning brought a headache, but nothing a little tylenol couldn´t fix, along with the excitement of heading out onto the world´s highest navigable body of water. We first visited the Uros Islands, floating islands made from reeds. They have the tourist thing fully set up, with a bunch of islands surrounding a central body of water. After a little info from our guide Giscard, we were given free reign of our island to buy some of the local crafts. It took about five minutes to circumnavigate the island, the highlight being a guinea pig `cage´ made from reeds. The guinea pigs are likely food rather than pets…We took a short trip to another island by a locally made boat. The locals have taken to making the cores of their boats with discarded plastic bottles, as they last much longer than the traditional ones made entirely of reeds. I imagine they float better too.

The Uros islands

After the reed islands we headed out onto the lake proper, our destination being Amantani for an overnight homestay. The locals have been doing this for years, and have a finely tuned system of tonnes of homemade food, a walk to the top, a dress up dance, and an alpaca wool hat. All of these went down very well. I saw an old guy climbing a stone fence too…

Dude climbing over a fence

Our family consisted of our `mama´ Sylvia, her two parents, and her two kids. Fathers appear to be in short supply on the island, with many either having a proper family on the mainland, or perhaps leaving families for the mainland and a `better´ life. The two children, aged 1.5 and 2.5 years, played games such as carrying a doll, and collecting fuel for the kitchen fire. Much more grown up than anything I´m used to. The kids were incredibly self sufficient for such a young age.We had a few conversations, which mainly consisted of `que es el nombre…´ and pointing, or `por quanto tiempo…´ and a sometimes understood response. I was certainly better off for the spanish podcasts I´ve listened walking to school over the last few months. In the late afternoon we walked to the top of the island and watched the sunset, and after dinner we had a fiesta, guys simply dressed in ponchos, and girls with two dresses, a blouse, and a large shawl. We danced the night away until about 10pm…

The next morning brought pancakes and a trip to the next island, Taquile. This was supposedly the more touristy island, but we managed to walk across pretty much the whole thing without being asked to buy something or give kids money. The island community is well organised and shares the profits. I think this lack of competition makes the locals much more relaxed, and the experience much more pleasant. Lunch was overlooking the lake from above, before the climb down to lake level and the ride back to Puno.

Local on Taquile Island

The next day we were to travel to Cusco, the heart of the Inca empire… The Lake Titicaca photos are here.

Fancy phones and eBay scams

So in the aftermath of my Chicago trip I was in need of a new phone, and started trawling eBay for something. I quickly found the super fancy Nokia N95, a device that does pretty much everything, and is also a phone…

Next I found that some persons had a number of these phones, and were seemingly eager to move them at “fell of the back of a truck” prices. Thinking I could get a few, and sell them off I did the ol’ google on the supplied email address, and found that the phones probably didn’t fall off a truck, and probably don’t even exist. As outlined here and here, these are scams where people steal reputable eBayer’s accounts and then use them to steal your money.

Instead of a super flash phone, I settled for a repeat of my stealthy-yet-high-tech Nokia 6230i, hopefully I didn’t get scammed…

Prudential Tower: done

One of Boston’s tallest buildings is the Prudential Tower. At over 50 floors this building provides a prime opportunity for someone to make money from the excellent view it provides. I went up there today with Halv and we got a great 360 degree view of Boston. There are a lot of trees now since spring has just sprung, so the city looks wonderful.

Prudential Tower

I live on the other side of the Charles river, which is where MIT and Harvard are. More photos here.

WordPress

So being a guy I like new toys, and in this modern age it’s possible to get new ‘toys’ without spending any money (though spending gets you better toys I think. e.g. my macbook which is still awesome).

There wasn’t really any good reason, but I’ve migrated everything into the wordpress blogging software. Doesn’t it look pretty? It also has various bells and whistles that one can add, such as the various sidebar elements etc. It also has a nice tagging system…

Boston's Freedom Trail: done

I have now done my first really touristy thing here in Boston, walking the Freedom Trail. It’s a trail that pretty much goes through the middle of Boston, passing a number of iconic monuments, buildings, graveyards, and places to spend money.

Before leaving I found a podcast which gave me some guidance, saving me the embarrassment of wandering along the trail with someone in an old fashioned get-up shouting at me.

Here’s an example of an old building sitting in the middle of the city…

old building in new city

The rest of the photos are here