Balancing business

As an optimist trainee, I like to take the time before bed each night to review my day and review the gifts I received. Some gifts are hidden waiting to be found.

“Finally the sob story from the scammy American,” I tell the Mentalist outraged over the phone the next evening. I read him the scam email out loud. For the courtesy of my readers, I will leave all the lovely spelling mistakes in place.

Hello Fiona,

Thanks for your response to my message i wish to let you know that  I’m really interested in this property, and I’m definitely buying this property on your price and I’m hoping as well that we can work together on a better and higher platform considering my relocation to your country I actually wanna trust you. I’m a war veteran with the NATO troops in Afghanistan on war against terrorism. I served in the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad Iraq and now serving in Afghanistan.

I will need this property for my private purpose as i will be relocating to your Country, due to the United States legislative and executive decision for withdrawing troops in Afghanistan, this year I have been deployed to serve in one of the US Military Base in your country. this is why i contacted you to assist me towards my plan to invest  in your Country. as a result of this, it will be important for me to reveal to you that I have in my possession the sum of €8.2 million. which i got during our massive raid on terrorism here in Kabul Afghanistan and once i hear from you and your absolute assurance to assist me then I’m gonna proceed my communications for the delivery with the help from the Red cross cargo jet.

I have this money stored somewhere very safe in our camp in Kabul Afghanistan, waiting for a moment like this to invest the money wisely therefore I want to move this box out of Kabul Camp,without any more delay I have a very profitable investment plans on hand. I cannot move this money to the United states due to I will be in your Country at least 4 years, therefore I need someone that I can trust If you are willing, I will transfer the money to your Country and you gonna be the beneficiary because I am currently settling some scores with the Pentagon therefore I cannot be parading such a huge amount  I need to present someone as the beneficiary. I am an American and an experience officer and I have a 100% reliable means of transferring this funds through diplomatic courier service. All i need is your absolute willingness and the transaction will commence.

If you are interested in this transaction I will give you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why I went to secured this site where I can be sure that the person is real. I believe I can trust you. at the moment I’m being cautious with my communications in other to avoid any negative risk until this money is finally in your custody. i will be communicating with you through email and would also give you a call when it is necessary in other to notify you on any vital information. I want you to be brave as i have everything under control. I have every proof of this fund in my possession to show you that everything is completely legal and authentic.

However If you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this message I’m doing this with total trust therefore i want you to put aside any act of greed or the thought of cheating as we have a lot to gain in this business relationship. €8.2 million is a huge amount which is the dream of anyone I’m in Kabul right now and i need to move this funds out of here once we reach a bona fide agreement. I’m writing you from my private email id and please delete this message if you are not interested in working with me.

I wait for your response so we can proceed In less than 5 days the fund will be delivered to your destination then i will come over for my money meanwhile I will give you 20% of the fund and 80% is for me. I hope I am been fair on this deal.


Captain Daniel Mixon

“Yes this is a Nigerian scam nothing more,” the Mentalist replies after I have finished reading the email in my most sarcastic tone of voice. “Write back and tell him his English is poor and under Belgium law this scam is a jail able offence.”

“Haha okay,” I laugh light heartedly.

“Also mention it’s a jail able offence in Nigeria too,” the Mentalist coaches me further. “And as he has redirected and redirected his IP address it is still traceable. So the internet cafe and provider will be warned. Also he needs to get his facts straight. There is no posting of NATO troops to Belgium. Especially not from Afghanistan or Middle East. And to finish. You enjoyed the opportunity to tell another oxygen thief to go to hell.”

“Love it,” I chirp. “And love you too.”

“Love you too,” the Mentalist replies coolly.

When I have good days, I find myself going over the details later, enjoying them a second and third time as I feel the joy of my good fortune. And when I have bad days, I have to catch myself from pouring over the details of my misfortunes. I make a point of reframing those bad days by making it a daily practice to spend some time before going to bed each night to review the gifts I received that day. Regardless of my evaluation of the day – good, bad, mediocre – I call forth the many blessings that were present. This practice transforms my consciousness as it reveals the fullness at the heart of my life.




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