Friday, 5 April 2013

A Cautionary Tale!

On the face of it you would think this has absolutely no connection to birds/birding, but you would be equally absolutely wrong. I thought it essential to post this cautionary tale to the advantage of all who visit Birds2blog with an obvious interest in birds/wildlife and to share my passion as my friends....some of you could be on the hit list. 

What follows is an e-mail I received recently. On viewing my inbox the message subject appeared quite genuine but I soon discovered otherwise, but to be honest only a fool could have been taken in by the content of the message, although a pretty convincing and accurate postal address is included in it, though to the 'hawk eyed' there is a discrepancy in the e-mail address for replies attached to the message. 

So....someone is out to take some money off me - and many others - on the pretence that the e-mail is sent from Mr Somebodyelse, but meanwhile....

I'm off to find a tree with a branch I can swing from whilst I eat my next banana!!


Good morning,

I hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Manila (Philippines) and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and personal effects therein. The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport but I have to pay for a ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager.

I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account, the bad news is my flight will be leaving very soon but I am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave until I settle the bills, I need your help/loan financially and I promise to make the refund once I get back home, you are my last resort and hope.

Please let me know if I can count on you and I need you to keep checking your email because it's the only way I can reach you.


And finally....

Chiffchaff. Brian Nixon. BTO Migration  

The image above clearly illustrates the desperation the migrants are in. This Chiffchaff is one of fifteen feeding on flies at the foot of someone's boots in Plymouth and the weather in the UK has now become a serious issue with birds needing to move forward on their migratory journeys.


Chris has made a successful crossing of the Sahara Desert and has reached the northern end. He is the first Cuckoo to have done so on his return journey to the UK. Lets hope that the weather soon turns good for these Cuckoos and many other countless migratory birds caught up by the appalling weather we have suffered over the past weeks.

Get up to date on the mind boggling achievements of these amazing four satellite tagged Cuckoos HERE  


Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. I also received the same e-mail and purporting to be from PM who we both know.I immediately binned it.This sort of scam is becoming all to common and you must be on your guard at all times.

The weather does seem to be warming up for next week,good news for Chris and the other UK bound migrants. Take care.

Noushka said...

I don't open this kind of e-mail...
The weather is becoming seriously dangerous for the fauna especially birds.
It is very sad... This morning it was snowing in the south of Toulouse, something never see before!
Keep warm and enjoy your WE!

Warren Baker said...

I've had that one Pete :-)

Richard Pegler said...

If he fires it off to ten thousand people (at no cost to himself) if he only gets one innocent person to fall for it, it's a major result for him. There must be such 'innocents' out there otherwise these people wouldn't bother with this sort of scam!

It's been a great day weatherwise here today, Pete, but the Redpolls, Siskins, and Bramblings are still feeding themselves up in my garden - hopefully, readying themselves for the big move, although I shall be sad to see them go.

Frustrating for me as I have had commitments all day (and this evening), and I'd have loved to have been out owling!

Pete Woodruff said...

Brian....As you say, On Guard!

Noushka....This is definitely serious now for the birds, and snow in the south of Toulouse for the first time ever in April.

Warren....As with Brian, On Guard!

Richard....You are quite right about the 'innocents' if he/they send off ten thousand.

Thanks for looking in and commenting.