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Genie

A couple went golfing one day and being a beginner the wife shanked her shot right through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course. So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door to apologize. A warm voice said, “Come on in.” When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass was all over the place and a broken antique bottle was lying on its side near the broken window.

A man (genie) reclining on the couch asked, “Are you the people that broke my bottle?”

Husband : “Uh…yeah, sir. We’re very sorry about that,”

Genie : “Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you. You see, I’m a genie and I’ve been trapped in that bottle for a thousand years. Now that you’ve released me, I’m allowed to grant three wishes. I’ll give you each one wish, but if you don’t mind, I’ll keep the last one for myself.”

Husband : “Wow, that’s great! hmmm I’d like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.”

Genie : “No problem, You’ve got it, it’s the least I can do. And I’ll guarantee you a long, healthy life! And now you, young lady, what do you want?”

Wife : “I’d like to own a gorgeous home complete with servants in every country in the world.”

Genie : “Consider it done, and your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!”

Husband & Wife : “And now, what’s your wish, genie?”

Genie : “Well, since I’ve been trapped in that bottle and haven’t been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with your wife.”

The husband looked at his wife and said, “Gee, honey, you know we both now have a fortune and all those houses. What do you think?”

She mulled it over for a few moments and said, “You know, you’re right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn’t mind. But what about you, honey?”

“You know I love you sweetheart,” said the husband. “I’d do the same for you!”

So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other. The genie was insatiable. After about three hours of nonstop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into the wife’s eyes. “How old are you and your husband?”

“Why, we’re both 35,” she responded breathlessly.

“No kidding! Thirty-five years old and both of you still believe in genies?”

Lesson learnt :

  • When something seems too good to be true, it usually is
  • This is actually the strategy used by most scams nowadays, they excite you with offer and rewards. They will make you feel like an idiot if letting this go. You then trust them a bit and maybe spend a few ringgit. What’s the harm right? they then offer you with super attractive rewards, if only you spend a bit more. By the time you realise that this is all a scam, the money spent is not claimable.
  • Sometime being paranoid is ok. Hm maybe paranoid is too strong a word, be cautious :)

————— Personal Note ————————–
My first scam experience is probably those chain letter persuading you to donate RM2 to the first person in the list. Then you make another list, erasing his name and change the sequence with your name at the bottom of the list. Then the letter must be distributed to 20 other people. I was Form 2 when I got the letter, and I actually donated the RM2.. Thats RM2 I’m never going to see again. :p

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credit card cvv

A couple of month before, there was this one girl, with a very excited tone of voice call me. I have no idea how she got my number. but then she maybe just trying her luck with the number. Basically, i just won some lucky draw said to be co-organized by my credit card bank. Obiviously  my personal firewall was triggerred. I have read so much on scam, that i know immediately this is one of those.

However, instead of hanging up, i choose to see how the scam goes. hm maybe due to the seductive voice of hers also :). but anyway…. she was telling me that she is from a new company that randomly choose credit card owner and offer them complimentary VIP card that allow me to have special discounts and even cash rewards.

She then asked my name as if to confirm my identity. I gave her the wrong name, and guess what? She sounds so excited as if I have just gave her a boat or something. What training they must have been through. So good in acting. She asked me a lot of questions, And finally she asked for the 3 digit at the back of my card.

For those who do not have credit cards, in order to do transaction online using credit card. You will need these

  • Name
  • Billing address
  • Card no.
  • The 3 digit at the back of your card or better known as CVV2. For other cards, you can refer to the image attached.

Back to the story, I just then hang up the phone. and started thinking. What if I memorize the three digit number and maybe erase it using liquid paper or something. They are too exposed, anybody with a good memory can memorize.

————— Personal Note ————————–
Im sorry for the late update. Things have been very busy lately. And I maybe going back to my hometown in Kedah this weekend. But i will be updating here via email.

Long time already, since I went back to Kedah. When I was studying, I always tell myself, once I work and have money, I will go back as often as possible. As I said in an earlier post, we always need to remind us where we came from.

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