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Domingo, 19 de de abril de, 2009 | Autor:

Pienso que el Internet es un lugar de miedo. Sí, yo. Algunos días me encuentro horrorizado para encontrar el más bajo de los bastardos criminales tratando de robar nuestros medios de vida.

Sí, gente, hay criminales por ahí y quieren su dinero o que quieren usarte para hacer dinero. Lo que es aún más aterrador es lo lejos que están dispuestos a ir, aún a riesgo de TE. No pase Go. No se debe recoger $200.

He recibido un correo electrónico diciendo que estaba siendo ofrecido un trabajo como una “Asistente regional” y, aunque los detalles no se les dio, el correo electrónico sugirió que era una oportunidad legítima. Respondí preguntando por donde habían recibido más detalles y también sobre lo que requeriría de mí.

Siendo el escéptico que soy, Pensé que podía detectar estafadores una milla de distancia. Qué suerte que todavía puedo reírse de la idea.

Unas pocas horas después, Ellos respondieron indicando que estaría pronto recibirá más instrucciones. Habían “probablemente” ha referido a mí por un amigo y tenían un montón de referencias y por lo tanto no pudo especificar qué amigo me había recomendado. Esperé pacientemente y lo dejó a la parte trasera de mi mente. “Probablemente han encontrado un buen candidato ya y han perdido a cabo”, pensé. “Qué bueno que un amigo me podría referir. Obviamente, yo soy impresionante.” (y Daft :-/)

Así que más adelante, Recibo mi correo electrónico con mi “más instrucciones”. Aquí es donde finalmente me di cuenta de que estaba tratando con los estafadores:

Hola. Nos gustaría comenzar una tarea de prueba. Nuestro cliente va a realizar una transferencia bancaria a la que esta semana. Por favor, vaya a nuestro sitio <El sitio omitido> para presentar los datos bancarios donde la transferencia se destinará a. Una vez que hemos establecido un buen historial de transacciones, usted recibirá entre 2-3 transferencias por semana (cantidades de aproximadamente R10 000 cada uno, excepto las primeras transferencias de prueba).
Por favor, confirme que se puede empezar. No enviamos cualquier transferencia a su cuenta hasta que recibamos la confirmación de usted.
El lunes recibirá una notificación, información e instrucciones detalladas con respecto a las transferencias. Gracias y que tengan un buen fin de semana.

Que qué??? Fui a ver el sitio web en cuestión y, sin duda, este es un esquema de lavado de dinero realizado por profesionales. They know what they’re doing and they probably launder millions every month. What’s more is that, inevitably, they will screw you over and get the cops to arrest YOU. These criminals can leave evidence behind implicating you even if all you’ve done is diligently moved money from one place to anotherand kept a small percentage for yourself. 😛

Money laundering is where illegitimate money (stolen, probablemente) is transferred via third parties to appear more legitimate. You’re an accessory to the crime and, even worse, you’re even likely to be the victim of it. Recognise when an opportunity is too good to be true. I was fooled for a short while. Next up, given that a victim might give out a lot of personal details, the scammers might steal your identity and start to implicate you in fraudulent activities without you ever having done a thing.

If you happen to have already given any details such as the above where they wanted my banking details, contact your bank and inform them of the situation. They will give you the best possible advice on what to do next. If you’ve already responded to the mail but haven’t yet already given them the information they want, don’t reply any further. I’d also suggest calling your local police for further advice.

Miércoles, December 31st, 2008 | Autor:

A very important topic in South Africa is to do with firearms and our rights to our personal seguridad. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not in the belief that everyone should have the right to bear a bazooka, M82, o AK-47 * – not unless you have to defend yourself against an army **.

Sin embargo, I do believe that I have the right to own a weapon of some sort for the purpose of self defense. I doubt I’d ever purchase a firearm however, not even a small pistol, but I’d prefer to think that should the need arise, I still have the right.

Hay 2 opposing teams. There’s the pro-gun team and the anti-gun team (pro-control). I once thought that it would be okay for, say, the pro-control team to win all the battles until we get down to where only small firearms are allowed, or perhaps larger firearms under very strict circumstances. Recently, my thinking has shifted. If the pro-control team wins all the legal battles up to that point, what’s to say they won’t win the next battle as well and outlaw firearms completely?

I’m on the pro-gun team simply because I believe that I should have the right to own, possibly, that small pistolwhich in a way is silly because I’ll probablemente never exercise the right. Its most definitely not pointless however. De nuevo, I’d rather have the right and not need it.

Picture this highly unlikely scenario: You want to protect your right to own a small pistol; personal bazookas and gatling cannons are legal; legislation is in place to start making bazookas and gatling cannons illegal. Assuming you’re pro-pistol, should you stand aside and let the opposing team (pro-control) win that legal battle? Its an important moral dilemma to think aboutand one that you should probably apply to all your other political beliefs.

Here is some food for thought:

  • South Africa has the highest (or second-highest, depending on who you ask) crime rate in the world.
  • 98% of gun-related crime in South Africa involve the use of illegal (unlicensed) firearms (es decir,, gun control laws do not adequately curb gun-related crime).
  • Due to relatively recent changes in firearms laws requiring the re-licensing of all previously-licensed firearms, the CFR (Central Firearms Register) has been tasked, for the period of 2006 a 2009, to process more than four times the number of license applications each year than ever previously processed in an individual year.
  • It now takes between 12 y 24 months to get a firearms license.

To be honest, I’m still of two minds on this one. I’m very much in favour of being responsible for our country’s firearmsbut I certainly don’t want the pro-control group to make any moreprogress”.

Maybe the world could learn a thing or 2 from the Swiss. Their citizenry has been armed to the teeth since the 19th centuryand they’re also the only country to have stayed out of both World Wars.

* For those who do own firearms, Yo sincerely hope you’re not delusional about the dangers. I hope you have the ammunition stored in a safe separate from your firearm’s own safe, and that everyone in the household understands and respects how dangerous firearms really are.

** Not likely.