My forwarding of a "phishing" e-mail to Pay Pal today set the theme, and as taxes approach for me the procrastinator, money is in mind.
Combining money and scams, they go together like chocolate and peanut butter. In fact, I don't think you can have a scam without money involved by definition. The precious life sustaining paper that we desperately need to live, coming from the gigs we worry about keeping even if we don't care for them. One glitch, or the right numbers getting into the wrong hands, and its gone.
Being billed for the debt of the entire world is a rare glitch, or perfect scam by a supervillain out of some comic book/show/movie series that I don't follow, but that's exactly what has happened to the worlds most unlucky man..... that has not been killed or injured severely.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A Malaysian man said he nearly fainted when he recieved a $218 trillion phone bill and was ordered to pay up within 10 days or face prosecution, a newspaper reported Monday.
Yahaya Wahab said he disconnected his late father's phone line in January after he died and settled the 84 ringgit ($23) bill, the New Straits Times reported.
But Telekom Malaysia later sent him a 806,400,000,000,000.01 ringgit ($218 trillion) bill for recent telephone calls along with orders to settle within 10 days or face legal proceedings, the newspaper reported.
It wasn't clear whether the bill was a mistake, or if Yahaya's father's phone line was used illegally after after his death.
"If the company wants to seek legal action as mentioned in the letter, I'm ready to face it,"
If you are wondering what this ridden nations debt is today:
$8,401,929,176,271.43 8.4 Trillion
The estimated population of the United States is 299,015,530 so each citizen's share of this debt is $28,098.64.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.44 billion per day since September 30, 2005!
Suddenly my credit card debt doesn't seem so bad. Further proof that phone companies are pure evil. Something I learned when I mistakenly had an operator connect me to a phone number in Europe years ago.