Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mind Melds, Free Stuff, and Fraud, Oh My!

Today I'm over at SF Signal (the 2012 Hugo Award winner for best fanzine), along with a bunch of really cool authors. 

We're answering the "Mind Meld" question "What authors are on your Auto-Read List?" Click here and scroll down a bit to see my choices. 

Also, I'm giving away a free signed copy of QUICK FIX over on Facebook! The deadline to throw your name in the hat is Thursday, Aug. 1, at noon East Coast time. 

Just click on the following link, scroll down to the pertinent post, and leave a comment:

Ta-Da! You're in. Of course, if you wanted to "like" the page while you're there, far be it from me to deter you. But it's not a requirement. 

In other exciting news, I am about to become rich! 

You are probably wondering how this happy fact came to be. Well, I'll tell you. It is via the following message I received on GoodReads:


Hello Dear.
My name is Mr. Samuel Adjei I am the manager of the Eco bank Accra Branch Ghana. I am a Ghanaian, married with two kids. I am writing to solicit for your assistance in the transfer of funds valued at $4,500,000.00 (four million five hundred thousand United States Dollars.) This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am the Manager made as profit during the last annual audition. I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year to my head office and they will never know of this excess.

As an official of the bank i cannot be directly connected to this fund, so this informed me of contacting you for us to work for mutual benefits. I want you to assist in receiving this fund into your bank account for us Meanwhile you will have 40% of the total funds. Note there are practically no risks involved as it is going to be bank to bank transfer. All i need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with our branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.

If you accept to work with me, i will appreciate it so much. As soon as i receive your response, i will give you details on how we can achieve it successfully. You can contact me immediately via my email for the details, (redacted) thank you.

Mr.Samuel Adjei.

I KNOW! I could hardly believe my good fortune, either. What a truly amazing world we live in, where such amazing opportunities exist. And from such a polite man, too, if a little familiar ("Hello Dear"? Really?) for someone I've never even met. 

I have no words. Fortunately, I did find a camel that expresses my real opinion of the above:

Happy Hump Day, everyone! 


Carol Kilgore said...

Yes, that camel has the perfect comeback to dear Mr. Adjei's letter :)

Patsy said...

Well that's just not fair. I'm on Goodreads too and the only personal messages I get are suggestions of books I'd like to buy. I imagine you'll be getting lots of those too now we know you can afford A LOT of books.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

If Mr. Adjei doesn't come through for you, my hubby received a very helpful email the other day from some high muckety muck in Nigeria who is offering to reimburse everyone who's been defrauded by offers such as the one you received. How about that? All you have to do is send him a list of pertinent information and he promises to take care of you right away.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

It's a shame that all those bank managers and Nigerian princes don't have any friends they can turn to for help and have to reach out to strangers across the internet. Breaks my heart.

Diane Henders said...

Hey, another Dresden fan! And I like Vicki Pettersson, too - I'm sure we must be related.

Loved the camel video - imagine how much fun it would be if we had as few societal constraints as that camel. 'Course things might get a little messy...

Linda G. said...

Carol -- I know, right? I'm too much of a lady (don't laugh!) to spit myself, but I thought it was an appropriate response.

Patsy -- LOL! I get plenty of those already.

Susan -- Ha! I'll get right on that. ;)

Dianne -- I know. It's a sad, sad state of affairs.

Diane -- I adore Dresden! And Vicki and I are buds from way back. I love her books! And, yeah, fewer societal constraints on humans would, interesting, at best. ;)

Judy, Judy, Judy said...

I'm anxious for a Jaime and Claire fix, too. My reader relationship with Gabaldon is a love/hate relationship, though. Those epic sagas she writes could be half the size with better editing and not so much crap and I'd be so happy.

Linda G. said...

JJJ -- Ah, but her big, fat books just mean there's more time for me to wallow in her world. I like to savor them. :)

LD Masterson said...

It boggles my mind to think that people fall for those outrageous letter scams...but they do.

Love your spitting camel.

Anne Gallagher said...

Dear Linda Dear, I, too have oodles of cash I'd just like you to have. It is locked away in a safe at the bottom of the ocean. All you need to do is get me a boat and I'll give you half.


At least it would get me to the beach.

Linda G. said...

LD -- Me, too. Sheesh. What's that saying about a fool and his money? ;)

Anne -- LOL! I can't get you a boat. How about a surfboard? ;)

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Haha! I like the camel "comment"-- visiting your blog has taught me one major truth: that there's a camel for every occasion.

Deniz Bevan said...

Hey! That's not your 4.5 million, it's mine! Samuel offered it to me first! Nyah nyah nyah!

Jen Stayrook said...

After you become all rich and stuff, just remember that I charge a camel finder's fee. (Not...dirty?)