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Art Historian. Flint, MI

Better Ideas for Email Scammers

Maybe you check the spam folder now and then, and maybe, just maybe you really have a soft spot for unfortunate third-world royalty. But no matter how your heart bleeds for those unfortunate developing world princes with nowhere to hoard their millions of dollars, you have to admit these scams have been pretty well dismantled by now.

Well, we feel for those Nigerian scammers, and a little truth shouldn’t stop an innovative entrepreneur from stealing a page from Niccolo Machiavelli’s playbook and one-upping these failed attempts at wheedling unsuspecting email checkers out of their hard-earned cash. We’ve decided to provide the industrious scammer with a few suggestions. Call them variations on a theme, or new twists on old favorites.

1. Bill Gates needs your dollar

Bill Gates? Seems legit.

He must be convincing, because his name is annexed by a couple of big scams claiming to be from Disney and AOL. Basically, they involve passing along a chain e-mail or sharing the above picture on Facebook. Here’s a sample:

Subject: PLEEEEEEASE READ!!!! it was on the news!

To all of my friends, I do not usually forward messages, But this is from my good friend Pearlas Sandborn and she really is an attorney. If she says that this will work – It will work…

Bill Gates sharing his fortune. If you ignore this, You will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test. When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it ( If you are a Microsoft Windows user).

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00 For every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, You will be paid $241.00. Within two weeks, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a check.

Um, yeah. You can do better than that. Though AOL is pretty generous – single-handedly supporting the screen printed shrinkwrapped CD mailer industry for about 10 years – I’ve never received ANYTHING for free from Microsoft. Not even a cool logo decal in a product box.

So how about: a personal note from Bill apologizing for the relentlessly sh*tty Microsoft Word, and offering a Bill-approved 3rd party patch to improve its functionality? For a small fee, of course.

2. Mark “Robin Hood” Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg? He knows technology.

An innocent-looking Facebook message claiming Mark Zuckerberg is giving away millions? Yep, that’s worth a share. Like the Bill Gates scam, for a mere copy and repost, you could be one of 1000 recipients of 4.5 million dollars.

Pretty transparent, right? But what about rolling in another little-understood yet ubiquitous technology phenomenon?

How about: Mark Zuckerberg is convinced that Bitcoin is going down the tubes! Facebook CEO balks at offer to buy Bitcoin. Don’t miss your opportunity to sell now before it tanks. I mean, it’s gotta go belly up some time, right? We’re offering 30 cents on the bitcoin dollar value. Don’t miss out!

3. Boycott! Boycott!

This one’s interesting, appearing under the email subject “Don’t Pump Gas on May 15.” An e-mail hoax pleaded with American drivers, “Don’t pump gas on May 15!” The hope was that large oil companies would suffer great financial losses if millions of people refused to fuel up on one single day.

We’re not sure what they were trying to prove, but how about: Buy Nothing Day , which is surely more effective. And this one is legit!

Live Music Flint, Michigan May 24–28, 2017

Flint, Michigan band Avalon Black publicity photo

EP Release! AVALON BLACK at Churchill’s this Friday 5/24/17

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

Scooter’s: Group Therapy
Hitch ‘N’ Post: Whisky Brothers Open Jam
Local 432: Shaun Martin, Mama Sol, Tha Nuts 7pm

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

Corunna Road Bar: Mercy Beach, Ez Duhzit, Mad Anthony
Churchill’s: Avalon Black, The Haberdasher, Birdhouse 8pm
MD’s Sports Tavern: Jamie Marvin
Hitch ’N’ Post: Thrown to the Wolf
Tenacity Brewing: Soirée
Dryden Bar & Grill: Davis Green
Totem Books Pat Parker 5pm, Open Mic Night 7pm

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

Table & Tap: Isaac Ryder 12 noon
Corunna Road Bar: Heather Metal SFO, Amica Mea
Churchill’s: DJ Michael A’s, The Black Jacks 9pm
MD’s Sports Tavern: Ryan Page
Hitch ’N’ Post: Whisky Brothers
Tenacity Brewing: Heather Wisda
Calvelli’s: John & Melanie Hagerman 8pm

Live Music Flint, Michigan May 17–21, 2017

THE TOM TOMS Friday, 5/19/17 at Churchills wsg The Haberdasher 9pm

Send event schedules to theflintphoenix@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

Sherman’s: Handsome Devils 8pm
Little Cliff’s Corners: Sweet Season 8pm
Tenacity Brewing: Open Mic w/ Billy & Barry 7pm

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Machine Shop: Moonshine Bandits, Mitch Diamond, The Yankee Sons 7pm 18+ w/ ID $15
Luigi’s Restaurant: Greg Nagy 6pm
Blackstone’s: Joel Bye, Gary Jones 7pm
Hitch ‘N’ Post: Rockaholics Anonymous

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

Corunna Road Bar: Mojo Hand
Blackstone’s: Westfall 8pm
Churchill’s: The Tom Toms, The Haberdasher 9pm
Side Tracks: Infamous Quick 9:30pm
Sherman’s: Still Rain
Hitch ’N’ Post: Cybil & The Beast
Local 432: Burn On Re-Entry, Overdrive, Young DiL 7:30pm
The Roadhouse: Yahman Dennie, Natural Got Bars, Roach, T-Mon, Laine, Maniac, Suicidal Alice, 18+ w/ ID, No Cover, 9 pm
Louie’s Sports Tavern: Magic 5 8:30pm
Totem Books Pat Parker 5pm, Open Mic Night 7pm

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Table & Tap: Isaac Ryder 12 noon
Local Grocer: The Blue Jazz Ensemble 1pm
Corunna Road Bar: Jolt
Side Tracks: Jon Fett Quartet 9:30pm
Sherman’s: Road Dawgz
Soggy Bottom Bar: Isaac Ryder 9pm
Hitch ’N’ Post: Cybil & The Beast
The Machine Shop: Nothing More, Black Map, As Lions, Hell or Highwater 18+ w/ ID, $20 adv, 7pm
Calvelli’s: Junkyard Revival 8pm
Louie’s Sports Tavern: Still Rain 8:30pm
Timothy’s Pub: Jazz Night
Table & Tap: Whiting Entertainment DJ

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

Hitch ’N’ Post: Whisky Brothers 4pm
Wildroot at Woodside: Jenn McMillan 7pm