During the course of reporting this blog, I've had the pleasure to engage with some civic-minded people who sincerely want to help protect their neighbors. Their sharing makes dealing with some of the charlatans worth it.

It certainly helps to have a sense of humor about all of this as well. Yet, for all the times we read some of these and laugh, we are haunted by the prospect of someone receiving one of these and not viewing as funny, but as the fortune that's eluded them for a lifetime. To quote the last lines of "The Great Gatsby," my favorite book, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Ok, that's far too deep for me on a Wednesday afternoon. The headline of this post promised humor and that's what Janet Van Epps of Portage delivers.

She got the typical long-lost, never-known relative died a multi-millionaire and she's entitled to some of the loot. We've seen this and debunked it several times over. Why I'm posting this today though is because she's funny and I like funny.

When I snarkily congratulated her on her good fortune, I mean it's not often you come into roughly $30 million, she was quick to point out a couple key points.

"He actually put me in his will for thirty million two hundred thousand dollars," she wrote. "Not thirty million one hundred thousand. His ancestors hitched a ride with my Viking ancestors on their huge Viking ships when they discovered America!"

That made me laugh. When I shared with her, I planned to highlight her answer, she replied, she'd share that information with the "80,000 people" she knows. That might blow up the metrics on this blog as the only people who regularly read this are my wife and mother.

In all seriousness, Janet followed up with this advice. "People need to use some common sense and families with older folks really need to be watchful to help our senior citizens avoid trusting everyone... I am not criticizing anyone just encouraging them to check things out."

Amen to that.

Thanks Janet for sharing and remember, just hit delete.

Take care,


On Saturday, July 12, 2014 4:16 PM, "" <> wrote:

I  wish to notify you that Late Engineer Jurgen Krugger made you a
beneficiary to his funds. He left the deposit of (30,100,000 USD) for
you. You are advise to send reply to this email:

Yours in service
Barr Morgan Bryson Esq.