My youngest child, a precocious 3 1/2-year-old girl who's been trying to catch her big brother and sister from the get-go, came downstairs this morning with a big smile on her face.

"What can I get you for breakfast?" I asked.

She pointed to a ziplock bag on the counter that had what looked to the naked eye like brown-colored mini-muffins. Now, we both knew that those had been brought over by a friend and that they were, in fact, mini-brownies and not mini-muffins.

Now, I may have a sweet tooth myself and we do have a family rule that there's never a bad time for a donut, but even if I doubled her fruit servings this morning, there's no way I could rationalize giving her a brownie for breakfast.

"Please????" she said with a smile that's captivating. Then, she hugged me and told me how I was the best daddy in the world.

I may have numerous parent fails I could describe from the last week alone, but I held resolute today. It reminded me of an email sent to me yesterday by Ann in Shorewood Hills.

I call this the "pretty, pretty please with sugar on top" spam/scam.

Even if you are predisposed to immediately sensing these types of emails are bogus, Ann wrote that the "Sincere Request" is what made her laugh. As if, getting unexpected millions from a long-lost, never-known, dead individual who shared her last name is not sincere, saying they're sincere must make all the difference.

Or, you can simply suggest, as I did this morning, we'll get donuts in the next couple days, I promise, when I rejected the brownies for breakfast.

Just hit delete.

Thanks for sending this in, Ann.


From: Denis Fiogan <>
Date: August 25, 2014 at 9:24:01 AM CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

I am Denis Fiogan (LLB] of Denis Fiogan & Associates.

I am surprised not getting a response from the earlier mail I sent to you.

It is my wish to present you as my deceased client's relative who has the same family name as you. Whom I aided in making an investment deposit with a bank worth $9.5million Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.

I informed the bank of his passing on and was instructed to present any available member of his family or close relative to be paid the funds hence my contacting you.

Please acknowledge if your email is still valid to enable me explain more. You can contact me on my private email address.

Yours faithfully
Denis Fiogan (Attorney At Law)