I am not your “dear”

In addition to the gmail phishing message, I found the following in my spam today:

Mr Richard Best <richardbest1685@myfastbox.it>
07:19 (6 hours ago)
to undisclosed recipients
Greetings my dear,

How are you?

I am delighted to inform you about my success in getting the funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from
Paraguay. I am grateful to God. Presently I’m in Paraguay for investment-projects; I did not forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring the funds,despite your inability to finance the transaction. Now contact my secretary
in Accra Ghana, his name is Mr.Clement Awauh, through this e-mail address ( clementawauh@zing.vn ) and ask him to
send the total of $950.000.00 which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in-touch with Mr. Clement Awauh and discuss with him
how to send the money to you.
Remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf, so feel free and get in touch
with him,he will release the amount to you without any delay.


Richard Best.

This was the second message.  The first was sent three minutes earlier and reads exactly the same.  Do you think he really means it since he felt the need to tell me twice?

Again, “undisclosed recipients” is a good sign it’s a scam or phishing expedition.  I can only imagine the information this “secretary” would require prior to “releasing the funds”.  DON’T DO IT!!

Just for my own curiosity, about two years ago, I started keeping a folder of all these scam messages I receive and I also put a copy of my posting in that folder as well.  As a result of doing so, I am aware that once before someone used the excuse they were in Paraguay on a business deal, but the name wasn’t Richard Best.

Notice that although “Richard” claims his secretary is in Ghana, the secretary’s email address ends in “vn”, which is Vietnam.  And Richard’s address is in Italy. I realize it is possible to get an email address in places other than the country of your residence, but it seems more than a little suspicious to me.  But then again, I am always cynical when I get these offers of money.

Once again, don’t fall for it.   If you don’t remember any previous contact with this man, it’s a fraud.  And if he feels he can call you “my dear”, why didn’t he send the email directly to you.

“Richard”, I am not now, nor have ever been, or will be, your dear.


Get it right

I have a friend on Facebook whom I originally met on WordPress.  We’ve had many wide-ranging conversations on various topics, so yes, I feel comfortable calling her a friend.

This lady is what is commonly referred to as “African-American”.  Notice the quotation marks around that label.  Had her origins been say, Japan, she’d be called (by others, not me) Japanese-American, or if she were from perhaps Germany, she’d be German-American.

Africa is a continent made of many separate and distinct nations, so why, why, why do people insist on the term “African-American”?  They wouldn’t dream of calling that German-American “European-American”, or the Japanese-American “Asian-American”, so can anybody explain to me the reason behind lumping emigrants from countries like Kenya or Botswana or Cameroon into the vague category “African-American”.  What that shows is that the person using the term considers the country of origin inconsequential – it doesn’t matter what it’s called, its in Africa, so that’s close enough.

I believe part of the problem with this inaccurate label is Hollywood.  Hollywood movies tend to depict that whole continent as one humungous country, when such is not the case.  This is also reflected in some photo galleries.  They’ll have a photo taken in Kenya for example and place it alongside another photo taken in Ghana and label them both “Africa”.  Hello!!  Never mind the fact they are two separate countries, one is on the Indian Ocean and the other on the Atlantic.  There’s a whole continent separating them.  And they don’t seem to understand why people from those respective countries get upset with the mislabeling.    A comparable error would be a woodland scene from North Carolina and one from Northern Ontario, both labelled with the generic “North America”.  Don’t you think  both Americans and Canadians wouldn’t get upset over the obvious error?  So why should people from Africa not get upset over similar ignorance?

I view it as a sign of disrespect for the person and their country of origin to refer to them as “African-Americans “.  As I wrote above, it indicates the speaker (or writer) either has  no consideration for the person they are addressing; views the country of origin as some backwater, or is just too lazy to find or use the proper term.  For those who may consider many of the African nations little more than uneducated tribes, remember that at the same time Egypt was flourishing as a centre of learning, so were many cities in the interior of Africa.  In some cases, it was the Europeans from various nations that destroyed so many of the libraries and centres of learning because in their view (and probably based on nothing more than skin colour) the people they were conquering were simply savages. They weren’t.  From what I’ve read and from what I’ve seen on some of the educational channels, in some instances these African nations were more advanced in areas like mathematics and science than the so-called conquerors.

And, a final question: If, as an American president once stated, America is a melting pot, why is the distinction necessary?  Why not just call everyone unhyphenated “Americans”?