Saturday, 27 June 2009
FRAUDULENT BANK E-MAILS......
So lately, it seems that these yahoo guys are targeting Nigerians as well. I have been getting e-mails from various "banks" in Nigeria telling me to confirm my account details from "Interswitch". It first started with Gurantee Trust, from the address firstname.lastname@example.org the logo and looked really genuine, but because I do not have an account with them, I just ignored it.
This is what it looked like:
Dear GTBank customer,
During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error in your account information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address).2. Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process.3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors.
Please update and verify your information by clicking the link below:
If your account information is not updated within 48 hours then your ability to access your account will become restricted.
Note: Username (Account Number) and Password are numeric. Refer to your e-banking signup form.
Thank you for choosing, Guaranty Trust Bank.
* Please do not respond to this email as your reply will not be received.
Copyright © 1995-2009 Guaranty Trust Bank Plc . All Rights Reserved.Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
But when another one came from Diamond bank who I have an account with, I decided to fill in the details because I thought it was genuine. It had the Diamond bank logo and the Interswitch logo as well and so I thought it made sense because I had just opened my account in Nigeria before I left and I did not want it to get closed down.
As I started to fill in the information, it asked me for the password of my ATM card, and thats when I knew it was fake. I decided to follow the "interswitch" link and but it did not lead to a website. I just shoke my head and laughed. This is the e-mail I got:
Attention Card Holder,
This is to notify you that our services are being upgraded to a new, better and more secured system . You are now required to CLICK HERE and register all your DEBIT CARDS, X-CHANGE CARDS, and CASH CARDS online IMMEDIATELY so as to enable your card to work on our new servers. Only registered cards will work with the ATM machines.Note that in order to continue using your card for ATM transactions, you MUST register your card(s) online IMMEDIATELY BY CLICK HERE .If you do not register your ATM card(s) immediately, you will no longer be able to use your cards with the ATM machines or for ATM transactions and your card(s) will be cancelled or terminated.
Adhere to this instruction on receiving this message and click here immediately to register your card. Our goal is to satisfy all our customers need.InterSwitch Nigeria LimitedImportant dates to remember:
Print or download transactions:
By March 1, 2009
Online access unavailable:
March 4-8, 2009
Log on to bank:
March 9, 2009
Sincerely,InterSwitch Customer Service For phone number and email information, please visit the Contact Us section of interswitchng.com.
Please note that you are unable to respond directly to this message. If you have any questions about your account or if you need further assistance, please contact InterSwitch Customer Service.Products and services offered by InterSwitch, N.A.InterSwitch, N.A. and its affiliates are not responsible for and do not endorse any information, advice, opinions, and services from third-party news information or service providers. InterSwitch , a division of InterSwitch, N.A. Member FDIC "
Since then, I have gotten this same e-mail from Interswitch bearing the logo of Intercontinental, Zenith and Access banks, but I do not have accounts with any of them.
I had been spaming them until I came across this email:
_____________________________________________________________________________ InterSwitch® Security Alert : InterSwitch Offers ATM Cardholders Enhanced Security. _____________________________________________________________________________InterSwitch® ATM Card Services has been receiving complaints from our customers for unauthorised/illegal use of their ATM card and their bank account information. As a result of this, we periodically review InterSwitch® ATM cardholders and temporarily restrict access of those accounts which we think are vulnerable to the unauthorised use.To ensure the confidentiality of your Bank and ATM card information, it is of utmost necessity for all InterSwitch® ATM cardholders to activate their InterSwitch® ATM card enhanced security features. This is one of our varying methods of checking internet and/or local fraud which seems to be on the increase.Click here to Activate Your ATM Card Enhanced SecurityThis message has been sent to you from InterSwitch® ATM Card Services. Failure to confirm your account information may lead to restriction in use and access of your ATM card usage.N.B - Card Number [printed on card issued by bank] and Pin are numeric. Refer to your Debit or Cash Cards. Thank you for using InterSwitch® Debit/ATM Card!_____________________________________________________________________________Affiliated Banks - [ All Banks/Financial Institution in Nigeia ] _____________________________________________________________________________
BUT THIS IS ALSO FAKE, because when you click the link, it ALSO asks you for information like your numerical password which you are never supposed to give out. But after about a week, the website is taken off.
I googled it and found that there are a number of articles about it on the web. Here is an article explaining the problem. Gurantee Trust also explains it on thier website.
Apparently, a number of people have been loosing money because thier details have been used even though thier atm card is with them at all times.
It is starting to look like internet was a curse to Nigeria.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Train Sleeping Fiasco......
OK so I slept on my first day at work, and today I fell asleep through my lunch break and when my boss went out to court, I put my head on my desk and slept off again. My freaking phone kept ringing over and over again and I did not wake up until my colleague yelled my name across the hall and then I jumped and picked the phone!
Now you would think this is enough for me for the day, but oh noo, when I got on the train I thought I would just rest my head on the window for a bit......ok maybe just rest my eyes for a bit........ok maybe just sleep for 5minutes because the train takes 15mins to get to my stop..........
Next thing I know, I am in Never Never Land and I MISS MY STOP! i only got up because a whole crowd of people hopped in the train and were pushing me over for a seat!! If not for that, I would have ended up in Manchester or something!!!!!
I was like SHIT, where the hell am I?? I look around and lukily, I am just 1 stop away so I get off at the next station and go to the opposite platform, all the while thinking menn I need a doctor or therapist or something!! This is extremely abnormal!!!
How did my 5mins sleep turned into a 20mins one??? How did I sleep so deeply so quickly that I did not hear the LOUD lady on the train yelling next stop is Wimbledon, over and over and over again??
Damn I need HELP! and FAST!
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Oyinbo Man hawks Gala in Lagos.......
The story can be found here. Has the credit crunch gotten this bad??? LOL.
Nah apparently he's doing this for research on hawking and street trading in Lagos. I give thumbs up to him for immersing himself fully into his work. I am always impressed with people that can do this. I am currently writing my dissertation on Child Labour, and wish I could talk directly to the kids affected, the parents, governments and NGO's but unfortunately, I am only using secondary research!
I bet he's crippling bussiness for others around him though cause he will be getting loads of attention! LOL
Monday, 22 June 2009
The Booty Call Agreement.......
This document should definately be signed before each and every booty call to avoid any sentimental attachment and unnecessary calling. Maybe if ladies signed this before hand they wouldn't be sitting by the phone waiting for a guy a call after a booty call. And dont you dar pick up the phone and try and be on some independent/21st century woman sturvs because if he doesnt call you......................HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!!!!
First Day at Work........Sleeping Addiction
So I had my first day at work today. First of all, I got up really early and got there like 30 mins early. I tend to do that when I am nervous about something. Can I use this opportunity to applaud the Brirish transportation system. A train for 8.04 really does leave at 8.04. I am getting so used to this meticulous system that Nigeria is going to be a bit of a shock. I could definately get used to the buzz of rush hour travel. Its kinda exciting although everyone on the trians always look so depressed. I wish I could tell them at least you all have a job which is a blessing in these economic times!
Work started off a bit scary because the lady I was supposed to be working for is going on maternity leave and I was just asked to sit around while they tried to decide what to do with me. Its really annoying when people are talking about what to do with you like you are an unwanted refugee when you can hear everything and you are really nervous to begin with. Not Fun!
I was eventually placed to assist one of the criminal lawyers which was a bit bumming because I really wanted to work with family law. But it was not that bad. My boss put me straight to work and I was so tired by my lunchtime that I SLEPT right through my break. After a red bull and several cups of coffe, I was still soo drowsey. It was so bad that I was on the phone to the Magistrates Court, and they put me on hold for ages. Next thing your girl FALLS ASLEEP ON THE PHONE! As in I dozzzzed offff! Then I start to hear a voice on the phone saying hello, hello, hello, and I just jump out of my seat. The lady on the phone starts speaking really fast about bail and custody hearing bla bla bla and I did not get a single thing cause I was just gaining consiousness. To cut the long story short, I had to call the court again and get everything down cause I was totally out of it.
But chai, your girl can sleep oh. I slept on the train back, almost missed my stop. I slept while waiting for the next connecting train, and I slept on that train too. Now that I am home, I am wide awake blogging and I will go and doze off again. If I get fired for anything, it will be for sleeping in a meeting with a client or something because I am the sort of person that when sleep comes knocking, I must answer ohh! Thank God I am not a brain surgeon or something because your girl will sleep with a patients head wide open!!!
Apart from that, it was ok. Looking forward to more exiting work tomorrow. I am going to sleep now---God help me LOL :-))
So Miss B is moving to London to start a summer placement at a law firm. Tomorrow is my first day and I am really nervous. I have never worked a full 9-5 job before especially one that I have actual responsiblity but at the same time I am really looking forward to it. I will still try to keep updating every other day, and maybe sneak a post in during my luch-break or something.
Also I am developing my website-http://www.naijadaydreamer.com/ and will be moving there very soon. Will keep you posted when the site is fully developed.
Wish me luck in the big city:-)
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Violence Against Women......
Ok so me and my friends went out for a party that was actually really fun, the music was good, loads of our friends were there, and the alcohol was flowing so everyone was kinda tipsy lol! As we were about to leave, we realized that we had to say bye to our friend, and as we were leaving this guy wants to take a picture of my friends. He is one of those paparrazzi people that takes pictures of people in parties and puts them on facebook. They say no, and try to walk away and he pulls them back and she pushes him away.
And then he proceeds to SLAP HER!
As if this is not bad enough, he pulls her back and SLAPS HER AGAIN AND TRIES TO KICK HER!
Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME??
In the middle of the freaking club, it is the most SHOCKING AND DISGUSTING ACT I HAVE EVER WITNESSED IN MY LIFE! I have never witnessed my father raise my hand to my mother, and have never seen any sort of domestic violence, so it was too much for me to take in. My friend was shaking and totally worked up, because like me, this kind of thing is a total shock and came out of nowhere. As I speak to you her face is swollen and is being iced up and her tooth is shaking, showing you the gravity of the force he used to hit her.
It is disgusting, pathetic and cowardly that a guy can feel it is justifiable to hit a girl IN PUBLIC over an issue so trivial. I mean she has the right to decide weather or not she wants her picture taken. But even if it was not such an insignificant issue, as far as I am concerned, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that a girl can do or say that warrants a guy to hit a girl in public. FULL STOP!
I am so sick of Nigerian guys at this point I dont know how I will relocate back to Nigeria and not bust a cap in someones head! I mean what is the point of us being in jand and getting a British education when BLACK guys still have the same barbaric mentality. A guy that can slap a girl for this can beat his wife for burning the soup. I am just so tired tired tired of the attitude of my generation because it seems we are just gaining all the bad parts of westernisation and none of the good bits. My generation is greedier, lazier and more uninspired than ever. And this goes for both the guys and girls.
But the worst bit of this fiasco is the fact that the guys just STOOD AND WATCHED as my friend was being violated and humiliated in public. I was the one that had to come in the middle and push the guy away and drag my friend away. I am freaking 5"3 and weigh 57kg, and had to push away this 6ft massive drunk Nigerian guy, while everyone watched. When these stupid guys are supposed to step up and prove that they are men, they just sit by and choose not to get invloved. Is it ok for you to sit and watch a guy attack a girl while you claim it does not involve you?? The answer is and will always be HELL NO!
After I came home and blasted all the guys that were there, they all say the same thing: I would only get invloved if it was someone I know!
Why do we not stand up for anything anymore???
I am so tired of our passive attitude to all issues that matter, we just sit down as we are all violated, robbed, and molested on a daily! The time when Nigerian guys are supposed to use their strength for good, they just stand by and watch. God has made men physically stronger than women, and they should use it only when necessary.
Now dont get me wrong, I dont expect every guy to try and break up fights in Nigerian parties, cause they are not superman and that would be a full time job(meanwhile why is there always a fight at any black party?? dont we really belong in the jungle?).
But this was not a fight, it was a GUY BEATING UP A HELPLESS GIRL! I mean are we for real??
I am just tired, tired, tired, tired.
Like Chixtia's blog says--"Until we, as Nigerians get up and say enough is enough. Until we realize that we deserve much, much, much more than we are getting, until we get to the point of no return, when we are prepared to die for what we believe in- indeed until we believe in anything other than in our personal comfort- we will continue to be led by our noses"
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Book Review....I Do Not Come To You By Chance
I know I have been M.I.A for a minute but its a hot summer, am not in school and my friend is visiting from the States so I have been having too much fun to sit down in one place. Have y'all missed me?? I have plenty juicy gist coming up for you so the wait will be well worth it!!!! :-))
This is the story of "a young boy Kingsley who iseager to help his family and change the world. But when his once-proud family descends into poverty after his father falls ill, he is forced to turn to his mother's infamous brother, Cash Daddy, who runs a successful empire of email scams relieving gullible Westerners of their hard earned money. Unconditional family support is the Nigerian way, but the hand Cash Daddy extends in charity has consequences. As Kingsley is drawn into Cash Daddy's outlandish world, he soon learns that nothing in Nigeria comes for free."
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Virgos Lounge.......Vintage Love......
I am excited to be doing my first proper fashion interview(hence the purple font!!). I met these ladies on a trip to Birm and I thought wow, thier clothes are........different! Its strange but I am not that adventorous when it comes to clothing and fashion, considering how daring I am with other stuff, so I always admire people, both regular and celebrities, that dare to stand out from the crowd.
This is where VINTAGE clothing and the virgos come in. Virgos Lounge is made up of three ladies Fioye, Nike and Oye and they specialise in sourcing vintage clothing, altering them and selling them for mere mortals like us. So I got together with Oye and asked her some essential questions-----
1)For those that dont know, what exactly is vintage clothing, i.e how can you tell what falls into that category?
Vintage clothing includes clothes from different eras, this usually ranges from the 20's to the 90's. They are not necessarily dated because they are from a different era because many clothes that are on trend now are inspred by vintage clothing.
2)How did you ladies get into it and why?
We got into selling vintage clothes simply as a result of our love for fashion particularly vintage. we decided to start because its something we enjoy and also because we find that many people like the idea of vintage clothes but detest the process involved so we make it easier for them.
3)What advice can you give to people like me that feel vintage is for the adventurous and dont feel we can pull it off?
Vintage is definitely not just for the adventurous. Some vintage dresses in particular are similar to the styles of many dresses on the high street but what makes them better is their unique nature and the likelihood that no one else would wear the same dress as you when you go out. However, you would often come across some adventurous pieces but some people like adventurous. It's safe to say that there is something for everyone
My faveourite piece
4)Another problem is that it seems such an effort to find them, any tips on how to source great pieces, any good stores or markets?
It's definitely tedious finding vintage pieces but thats where virgos lounge comes in, we do the sourcing and make it easier for others to buy vintage. A good place to buy vintage pieces is always camden market.
5)Who are your celebrity inspirations for vintage clothing?
Princess Diana is the ultimate vintage inspiration this is an obvious choice as she was an icon in the 80's and 90's. Celebrities at the moment that inspire usin terms of vintage fashion include Chloe Sevingy, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins
6)What are your ultimate goals for virgo's lounge, and where do you see it in 10 years?
Our goals include to open concessions all over the world and also to open a huge store in Lagos selling vintage clothes amongst many other things. In 10 years virgos lounge would be a household name and the best in vintage clothing.
7)What about vintage accessories such as jewellry and shoes?
We would definitely be adding vintage accessories (bags, belts and jewellery) to our brand in the nearer future. However, vintage shoes are more difficult to source becuase they usually come in smaller sizes but its something we are also very interested in.
British National Party BNP
I remember I was taking a human rights module and we had to decide if he has a right to free speech which is a right that is highly protected here, or if this right should be curtailed when it incites hate. The conclusion was that freedom of speech in England is too great a right to curtail even at the expense of people's feelings as long as it doesnt actually harm people(John Stuart Mill). I agree with this, but all the same I think its a huge step back for British Politics that I have come to see as the benchmark for Democracy. Oh well, At least we have Obama right?
Monday, 8 June 2009
Cancer Research Race for Life
I had an amazing weekend not only because I had loads of fun but because I accomplished one of the things on my list to do before I die and so feel very accomplished. I took part in the Race for life to raise money for Cancer Research, especially for Breast cancer and the paticular types that affect women. Apparently it is now the most common type of cancer in the U.K and around 125 women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer, I know its shocking. The survival rates here are are amazing though! Although it does not affect black women as much, a neighbour of mine in Kaduna died a couple of months ago after a long battle with cancer. I am passionate about charity work and I have definately done alot in my years here.
However, I am determined that my next charity activity will be towards something that affects black people more, such as Sickle Cell Anemia, Malaria and AIDS because these are still horribly underfunded compared to the amount of sufferes. At the end of the day we as Africans have to be the ones to raise money ourselves, and I am determined to set up some sort of charity organisation in Nigeria to help people in need!
Now, I had been bugging people for sponsorship for a while now and every1 did so, only on the condition that I would complete the 5km race, AND I DID(whos laffin now suckers!!! lol). I managed to raise £370 for Cancer research and so a big thank you to all those that sponsored me!!
The actual day started out rubbish because it was soo rainy and gloomy plus 10am is really early for me to wake up on a sunday morning!! But we were determined and walked in the rain, got in a taxi but were stuck in traffic for a good 15mins. The cab going cost me about £15!!! But this was because they were LOADS of people trying to get in. GOD OF MERCY, you have to admire the committmentt of British people to charity work and good causes. They are definately one of the most giving people, especially because alot of the people have been affected by cancer in one way or the other! The target was £500,000 and I am sure they raised almost double that. There were at least 700 people there, people came with thier kids, dogs, grandparents, funny costumes and it was a general fun day out, especially as it became sunnier.
My friend and I had a great time as well, we jogged at the beggining, walked most of the way and then dramatically jogged in slow motion towards the end, too much jokes!! We also got medals as souveniers and we felt an exreaordinary sense of achievement when we completed it. I would definately recommend it to anyone whos thinking of taking part in charity work because it looks good on your C.V as well! Here are some pics!
ALL ABOUT MEEEE.....
5"3-i hv finally accpeted that I am not growing any taller!
right now purple
right now m.i
Favorite School Subject:
Literature-in English, I used to be such a geek, I'd read the assigned books as soon as were given the list, and pretend I hated reading it like every1 else!
Favorite Vacation Destination:
cereal,I can eat ot at any time any day!
Las iguanas-Brazilian/Mexican/Spanish inspired food, bloody brillaint
Chanel--its not easy oh! lol
Favorite Celebrity :
Will Smith/Denzel Washington
Favorite Childhood Friend:
Favorite Childhood Memory:
the day my baby brother was born
Favorite Baby Name:
Favorite Person In Your Life:
Favorite Facebook Application :
This or That -
Chocolate or Vanilla:
Big Mac or Whopper:
Coke or Pepsi :
none, i hate fizzy drinks
Beer or Wine:
Coffee or Tea:
Apple Juice or O.J.:
Facebook or MySpace:
duhhhh, myspace is so last seasonn
Summer or Winter:
errr, am black, summer anyday
Windows or Mac:
Cats or Dogs:
dogs, cats are witches
Boxers or Briefs:
Rain or Shine :
Chips or Popcorn:
Salty or Sweet:
Plane or Boat:
Morning or Night:
Movie or Play:
love both, but movie
Walk or Drive:
walk, OMG i thnk I've bn in jand too long!!!
Money or Love:
Breakfast or Dinner:
breakfast especially cereal!!
Forgiveness or Revenge:
Paint or Wallpaper:
House or Apartment:
Have Any Pets:
sob sob sob. i do but he's in goldfish heaven right now
Have Any Children:
lol, errr, not dt i know of lol
Spend Your Life On Facebook:
Play On A Sports Team:
Belong To Any Organizations:
Love Your Job:
love school so yea
Like To Cook:
Play An Instrument:
err, dont we all in d shower??
Speak Multiple Languages:
errr...not since compulsary art in school
dont we all??
Have You Ever
Been Drunk Before Noon:
Had Sex In A Public Place:
Got Caught Telling A Lie:
we all have
Got A Speeding Ticket:
Fantasized About A Co-Worker:
Cheated On A Test:
Cheated In A Relationship:
Failed A Class:
Screened Your Phone Calls:
Eaten Food Off The Floor:
Stuck Gum Under A Desk:
Wished You Were Someone Else:
Cried During A Movie:
all d time
Had A One Night Stand:
Describe Yourself In One Word:
not following my instinct
Your Proudest Accomplishment:
#1 Priority In Your Life:
Causes You Believe In:
ability to talk to anyone about anything
Where Are You Right Now:
Where Would You Rather Be:
Famous Person You Want To Meet:
Place To Visit Before You Die:
Song Played At Your Funeral:
Have you laughed until you cried:
Have you found out who your true friends were:
Met someone who changed you:
Kissed anyone on your friends list:
What were you doing at midnight last night:
at a bar with a friend
Name something you CANNOT wait for:
to find the one
Have you ever talked to a person named Tom:
lool, we all have
What are you listening to right now:
john legend, 'this time'
What is one thing you wish you could change about your life:
wish i didnt get bored so quickly
Last time you saw your father :
Most visited webpage:
First surgery :
errr dental extraction
First piercing :
wn i wz a kid
First best friend :
First sport you joined :
First pet :
dog named gold
First vacation :
First concert :
First crush :
suleiman kassim in primary 5
As of Now
Your ex and You:
are good friends-yes it is possible!
I am listening to:
Maybe I should:
be workin on my proposal
My best friend(s):
i hv alot!
I don't understand:
I have lost my respect for:
so many people
The meaning of my display name is:
I will always be:
proud of myslef
Love seems to:
I never ever want to lose:
I get annoyed when:
people disrespect me
Do you like parties?:
have to see my tutor at 12 and I have to stop answering these questions and go and shower!lol
my sister was still with me
My birthdate quiz described me perfectly- "5's are the explorers. Their natural curiosity, risk taking, and enthusiasm often lands them in hot water. They need diversity, and don't like to be stuck in a rut. The whole world is their school and they see a learning possibility in every situation. The questions never stop. They are well advised to look before they take action and make sure they have all the facts before jumping to conclusions.
With a birthday on the 23rd of the month you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them. You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas. You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel. You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable. Your mind is quick, clever and analytical. A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine. You may have a tendency to shirk responsibility. Very sociable, you make friends easily and you are an excellent traveling companion.Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Neil Armstrong, Eisenhower and Albert Einstein were born under the number 5.
This is the word that best describes me! The dictionary meaning of the adjective sanguine' is cheerfully optimistic! You are usually happy and manage to turn most negative situations into positive ones. Your happy-go-lucky, impulsive and adventurous personality makes you fun to be around although some people mistake your self-confidence for arrogance. Your sanguine disposition will help your life be a happy one; just be wary of dreaming about castles in the sky and forgetting to focus on reality.
What is your xter:
You are friendly, gentle, and modest, with a good heart and a lusty nature(damn right lol). You laugh easily, have a well-developed sense of irony, and tend to understand people intuitively. You are interested in new people, but will always maintain notions of insider vs. outsider, and this will lead you to commit to a group of friends and lovers who will be with you your entire life. If you have a weakness it's your timidity -- you feel pressure to remain 'lagom' -- on an even par with others. But this is also your strength.
Thats me in a nut-shell!
Saturday, 6 June 2009