Month: December 2011

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


EBAY secret shopper scam

Recently received this email about a secret shopper. It sure sounds inviting, however it is a scam to get your hard earned money.

Here is another link also reporting on this scam

ABOUT US EBay Secret Shopper® LLC is the premier mystery shopping company; serving clients across America and Canada with over 500,000 shoppers available and ready to help businesses serve their customers better. Continual investment in the latest internet and communication technologies coupled with over 18 years of know-how means working with EBay Secret Shopper® LLC is a satisfying and rewarding experience. Mystery shoppers are either paid a pre-arranged fee for a particular shop, a reimbursement for a purchase or a combination of both. Secret Shopper® is available for immediate assignment, an inspection of the customer service of any Wal-Mart in your area. You are to shop secretly and invest just a little time to get things done. This fee will be paid upfront. During this shop you will visit the location and make several observations as regards the customer service.You will be required to interact with the shop clerk.The assignment will pay $300.00 per duty Kindly Fill Out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with the assignment:

1. Full Legal Names:… 2. Mailing Address: City: State: Zip-Code….3. Telephone Numbers( Cell & Home )

Thank you for your help. We look forward to working with you .


Jack Carpenter Employment Manager

EBay Secret Shopper® LLC

Some scamers want your Paypal info

I just received this email and the date on the bottom of the email is dated 3/12/2011. These phishing mails must be floating around for a long time. No, I did not get concerned and follow their instructions and I would recommend that if you receive the same just delete it.


This e-mail has been sent by the PayPal Account Review Department. Unusual charges were recently detected to a credit card linked to your PayPal account. Due to this, access to your account was limited. There were numerous log-in attempts by an unauthorized user to your account. To ensure greater security,  we have limited access to your account. We have attached a file in this e-mail for you that will verify that you are the legitimate account holder (owner). Please download and open it in your browser. (This security breach issue may be found under reference PP # 283-448-105)
Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure taken by our security team intended to protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience. Sincerely, PayPal Account Review Department – 03/12/2011

Msn scam

This is so phony. Do these scammers really expect someone to take this serious and click or follow their instructions?

Attention MSN Customer,

My name is Susan Williams, Vice President of MSN. We have recently teamed up with Apple and Facebook for a one-time promotional event today and are giving away free Apple iPads to randomly selected people who have an account with MSN or Facebook. YOU have been selected as one of our newest winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with MSN email addresses and your email address matched with our latest drawing. We’ve partnered up with Apple to advertise their hottest product yet, the Apple iPad 3. Just like our last promotion when the first iPad launched, the iPad 3 promotion is for one-day only. Simply visit: and enter your email address to claim yours for FREE. Make sure you enter your email address so we can locate our records to guarantee that we have reserved one for you. That’s it! Congratulations on winning a free Apple iPad 3 ($800 value). In case you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me directly. However, you should claim your iPad first to ensure one will be set-aside for you before the deadline ends. We do understand that you may possibly receive this email after the deadline ends. However, we highly recommend you check the site and enter your email anyway to see if yours is still on hold. During our last promotion we had several unclaimed iPads because others hadn’t claimed theirs in time and they never checked back after the deadline.

Susan Williams VP, Corporate Communications MSN, Inc.