Month: May 2006

Actual Email Attempt – Chiropractic Classifieds Scam

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I am posting this to the news so that users of our chiropractic website don’t miss it. This was just forwarded to me days ago and is an example of a suspicious reply someone had after posting an ad for front office help.

— The Email —

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the internet where searching for a responsible and humble person who will assist me on this, and I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due I was directed by God to do so, I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .

I am Mariam Koffi the only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. George Koffi My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip. My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on January 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ten million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD (US$10.5 million) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates.

That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management , I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22 years.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist me.

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless.

Best regards,
Mariam Koffi.

— End of the Email —

I see these every day in my email but there is some slim chance that someone is not aware of these scams. If you do a google search for “Mariam Koffi” you’ll get “Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud Scammers” in the top results.

See the article (Chiropractic Classifieds – Watch out for Scams) for related info

Use caution and common sense when dealing with any financial transaction:

  • NEVER wire funds to a distant buyer, via Western Union or any other carrier
  • Be wary if the other party wants to use an escrow service such as BidPay or Squaretrade
  • NEVER give out personal financial information (checking account number, SSN, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • trust your instincts, and always remember the most important rule — BUYER BEWARE

Who should I notify about fraud?

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501 @ 12:05 pm | Article ID: 1146769554

We Each Make a Difference

by Dr. Stew Bittman

It’s been 6 months now since my dad passed on, and as time goes by I find the memories of his last few months of pain and confusion and sadness and terror fading. Instead, there are countless reminders of his joy, his humor, his warmth and his wisdom. Every day I have an increasing awareness of the impact he had on my life. I literally quote him daily. And I always give him credit, concluding multitudinous sentences with, “as my dad used to say”. For instance, on gray days like we’ve been having in abundance during the first part of “spring”, he would’ve said, “it’s a good day for a hanging”. Anytime I find myself in a beautiful or semi-decadent setting I hear his voice clearly asking “what do you think the poor people are doing right now?” If anyone ever mentions the word “comfortable” around me, I invariably think of his response whenever he was asked if he was comfortable-“I make a living”. And it’s not just his quotations, some of which are undoubtedly uttered around the world since I and others have taken them there. Whenever I hear someone whistling, I think of the resounding rendition of “Turkey in the Straw” he would belt out with gusto when he was happy, which was most of the time.

Stew Bittman Gives Thumbs Up!I still feel my dad’s presence, but mostly I feel his absence. And though I’m not sure if my heart can possibly grow fonder through that absence, I know it misses his steady, gentle kindness. He almost always made people feel better about themselves, and as I wrote in my last article (paraphrasing Maya Angelou), people won’t remember what you said or did but they’ll never forget how you made them feel. I recall one time long ago my family was driving out of a picnic area because it had started to rain heavily. Another family was waiting to cross the street to their car, looking completely waterlogged, and my dad stopped for them. As they walked by our car they waved at my dad’s gesture. He rolled down the window and shouted, “I didn’t want you to get wet!” He probably would’ve stopped for them anyway, but the point is I bet they never forgot that incident even after these 40+ years. Much more recently he came up from Carson City to hear me speak at Unity at the Lake even though he had just had his first round of chemotherapy and half of his hair was gone. I’ll never forget that because I know how hard it was for him, considering how lousy he felt and also how all the Bittman males have such significant issues around their hair!

Kindness was indeed my dad’s credo, and when I think of his impact on me I can’t help pondering his impact on others and on this world through that kindness. I firmly believe in the idea that every act of kindness is always rewarded and acknowledged, and that somehow the world is forever changed by it. The kindness and compassion and humor my dad helped instill in me have become my highest values, and when I’ve expressed those values in word and deed I’ve had by far the most positive impact on others. I can only wonder at how far that impact has rippled out into the world.

Most of us, I believe, have doubts about what difference we make as individuals. When compared to the enormous magnitude of problems we see and hear about every day, locally and globally, our own power to make a difference seems trivial. Sort of like swatting a gnat on the tip of the horn of a charging rhinoceros. And so the tendency becomes to do nothing. Yet as I travel through this great mystery called life I have become increasingly convinced that we each indeed do make a difference. In the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Jimmy Stewart’s character gets to see how different the world would have been if he hadn’t been born. That would be true for all of us. Each of our lives touches countless others, each of us has tremendous gifts to bring to the world, and every one of us is here to express those gifts and to leave a legacy of love. That legacy is assured, and perhaps its greatness depends not so much on all the “great” things we accomplish as on how often we simply express who we are in service, love and kindness. Jimmy Stewart’s character lived his life that way and ultimately his problems were overcome. Enough love might even stop the rhinoceros. In the meantime, I choose to focus on the action and not on the fruit it might bear. I don’t think my dad ever worried about the difference he was making in the world, yet I know he made a huge difference. Perhaps that was the greatest lesson he ever taught me. Thanks for that, dad, and for everything. @ 1:43 pm | Article ID: 1146689007