Updated: 1/11/10; 8:10:12 AM

 Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Blog and Tools

After more than 10 years of good Blogging use from Radio Userland 8 I've moved on to MarsEdit, NetNewsWire, and WordPress. Follow this link to my next blog, webstir.com/opmlblog/.

- Posted by Gary Secondino - 1:36:26 PM - trackback []
 Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Job Spam Scams

Dear Readers,

Two days after reactivating my careerbuilder.com profile I've received several job offers via email which smell bad. I call these offers Job Spam Scams. For example today I received this:

From: BostonMA@lmhsolutions.com


HMA Direct Benefits Consulting Group have retained the s ervices of LMH Solutions, LLC to help fill the position of 'Outside Sales Representative' for Business to Business Outside Sales, in the Boston MA Region'.

The newly chosen candidate will be responsible for helping in the growth of the Lynn area, motivating, training and leading a team of agents to meet company goals and expectations, understand and articulate the value of their service offerings to clients, utilize communication skills, messaging, sales tools and use all resources available to develop customer relationships.

As the next step, I would like you to interview with Mr. Lugo, the Vice President of Sales for HMA Direct, to review specific details about the position, including compensation, company leads, training, products, as well as to discuss your background and how you feel you can become an asset to their team.

Please re spond back by e-mailing LMH Solutions, LLC at, BostonMA@lmhsolutions.com (include your name, phone number, city and state. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS), so we can set up a time to meet with them. I look forward to hearing from you.


V. Bret Matheson
President / CEO



For this job offer, email: BostonMA@lmhsolutions.com     ;   
HMA Direct Benefits Group JOB DESCRIPTION:

  *Prestigious Fully Differentiated Products and Services
  *Call on prospects who need to see you
  *Professional Training provided
  *The only 'Cost Controlling Product' Available to Business Owners
  *Personal Sales and Leadership Development
  *Advancement Opportunities (Management)
  *Residual Income
  *Honest Potential First Year Income of $100,000 plus
  *Top Producers can earn in excess of $250,000 Per Year

There are so many things wrong with this email that I will not bore you with that detail. One big question is; What does HMA Direct want me sell? So I search in Google.com for HMA Direct I find HMA Direct in spot #1. Their website is a run-of-the-mill template with duplicate information on the front page. Many of the navigation links lead nowhere. No biographical information about the management (RED FLAG WAVING). But they do show MA License No. 1812179 and the BBB tag. Back to Google.com results spot #2 claims "HMA direct illegal health operation by local Health Care Industry Examiner expert, Bill Randell." which led me to this AP article in Boston.com:

NH files complaint against Mass. consulting firm

April 16, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. --New Hampshire's Insurance Department has accused a Massachusetts-based employee benefits consulting firm of conducting an illegal health insurance operation.

The department said Wednesday HMA Direct Benefits Consulting Group of Newton offered employers a new type of self-insured arrangement to reduce health insurance costs. HMA Direct told employers it required health information for all employees in order to provide the workers with a life insurance policy as a "bonus".

The department says HMA Direct didn't use the information for life insurance, instead using it to "carve out" sick employees from the employer[base ']s health plan, and in some instances left those carved out employees with no insurance.

State law doesn't allow insurers to consider the health of individuals in a pool of employees as a factor in charging employer premiums.

HMA Direct did not immediately respond to call seeking comment Thursday.

I've been around long enough to spot a scam. HMA Direct and LMH Solutions, LLC, stop wasting my time and go away!
- Posted by Gary Secondino - 12:56:47 AM - trackback []
 Monday, March 16, 2009

Dear Mr. Scammer..I am sorry

Anyone who posts on craigslist.org will appreciate this post from the best of craigslist.

Dear Mr. Scammer

I owe you a few apologies:

  • I am sorry for responding and saying sure I am happy to engage in a bizarre business deal with you knowing full well it isn't real.
  • I am sorry you wasted time to print a horrible fake check.
  • I am sorry you spent $4.90 UPS'ing it to me overnight.
  • I am sorry for taking a few days to get back to you after I got the check and ask you for your phone number which you can't give me. I knew that and still I emailed you for the phone number.
  • I am sorry that I lied to you and said I could not find a western union office near me, making you look them up, emailing me a list and me telling you those two liquor stores are shut down.
  • I am sorry that I lied to you about getting pissed at the western union office because they wanted $1.75 to cut a check and that I said that's robbery and left in a huff. The truth is I never went there in the first place. Sorry for wasting your time that day.
  • I'm sorry I lied the next day after you threaten to call the FBI and local police on me because I cashed your check and would not pay you. I knew you would not, but I wrote you an email begging you not to call the police and that I would pay you tomorrow after I cashed the check.
  • I'm sorry that I lied the next day and said the western union office girl was rude to me so I left in anger, again delaying your money by another day.
  • Im sorry I lied about sending the money to western union in your name vs the shipper so you could not pick it up. I realize this cost you a day or so.
  • I am really sorry that I lied and said that the money order was at your western union, but off by 1 zip code making you drive 30 minutes to find out I am a liar.
  • Your last email to me was justified. Obviously from your language you were pissed. The fact that as you "YELLED" and your grasp of the English language seemed to fade away like my Mom's when she is livid showed me what a bad person I am.
  • Your phone call from Africa? was upsetting because as you were trying to explain to me how to go down to western union and pay the $1.75 and you would pick up the fee, I realized how frustrated you were getting. I also lied about being hard of hearing and asking you to yell. Sorry.

All in all, I am sorry for sucking up your bandwidth. I realize that my actions probably sucked up 6-10 hours of your time and kept you from fleecing some gullible person in America.

Please forgive me. Go ahead and send me another forged check and I will send you my cash to your shipper. Please try me again. Even though I lied you to about 15 times I won't do it again.

Your friendly computer person.

- Posted by Gary Secondino - 9:47:46 AM - trackback []

AIG and Insanity

AIG-Bailout = Insanity
1 mental illness, madness, dementia; lunacy, instability; mania, psychosis; informal craziness.
2 it would be insanity to make this loan FOLLY, foolishness, madness, idiocy, stupidity, lunacy, silliness; informal craziness.
3 Def. Repeatedly doing the same action and expecting a different result.

In my view AIG and the lying thieving bastards therein need to be put down, hard.

Cooler minds with a larger vocabulary speak to AIG at TPM:

Few exchanges have so captured the disconnect that makes this situation so politically explosive. We're collectively taking our country's future in our hands, spending vast sums of money to keep these companies from suffering the consequences of their own folly and (in many cases) criminality. And in return we're receiving cavalier dictates about pay-outs and bonuses from executives who by any reasonable measure work for us -- dictates we promptly accede to. There's a beggars can't be choosers problem there. And the disconnect is so mighty that it fuels the impression that the whole enterprise is not what it seems, not what we've been told, that in addition to picking up the tab we're being played for fools.

--Josh Marshall

- Posted by Gary Secondino - 7:58:14 AM - trackback []
 Wednesday, December 10, 2008

AIG Wants to Add $4 Million to Cash Awards

Hugh Son of bloomberg.net reports that AIG continues to push forward more bonus payments (under another name) to an additional 38 "executives" of as much as $4 million. These "executives" earn salaries between $160,000 and $1million. On Nov. 26, Hugh Son of bloomburg.com reported that AIG will pay 130 managers "cash awards" to stay with the firm, including $3 million to retirement services chief Jay Wintrob.

This insider corporate culture of rewarding people for failure has to stop. Does Edward Liddy need to get jail time to think about how WRONG this is? He is responsible for AIG losing $25 BILLION last quarter. I'm certain that this pressure to get the AIG bonus distributed before the next AIG quarterly financial report goes public is because the losses will be astoundingly high. AND REMEMBER, THAT'S OUR MONEY AIG IS SPENDING.

- Posted by Gary Secondino - 6:46:50 AM - trackback []
 Sunday, October 19, 2008
 Thursday, July 3, 2008

U.S. Justice Dept. Super Slow To Investigate Fraud Cases

From the Dept. of You Get The Government You Vote For:

More than 900 cases alleging that government contractors and drugmakers have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars are languishing in a backlog that has built up over the past decade. Many of the cases involve the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising health-care payouts, and privatization of government functions -- all of which offer rich new opportunities to swindle taxpayers.
- Posted by Gary Secondino - 9:26:44 AM - trackback []
 Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Halliburton, KBR, Others - Fraudulent War Profiteering

Army contracts overseer tells of being forced out of his job of 31 years for refusing to approve paying more than $1 billion in questionable charges to KBR.

The Good Friday Massacre

A lawsuit was brought on behalf of KBR drivers whose fuel convoy was ambushed on April 2004 in what's known as the Good Friday Massacre. Six drivers were killed. One is still missing and presumed dead. Fifteen were wounded. More on this at Law.com

Department of Defense Oversight - The waste will make any sane American furious.

The Web of Cover Ups

Much more at American Chronicle


"Constitution in Crisis," a book by Congressman John Conyers, details the Bush Administration's response when contract abuse is made public:

"Bunnatine Greenhouse was the chief contracting officer at the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that has managed much of the reconstruction work in Iraq. In October 2004, Ms. Greenhouse came forward and revealed that top Pentagon officials showed improper favoritism to Halliburton when awarding military contracts to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). Greenhouse stated that when the Pentagon awarded Halliburton a five-year $7 billion contract, it pressured her to withdraw her objections, actions which she claimed were unprecedented in her experience.

"On June 27, 2005, Ms. Greenhouse testified before Congress, detailing that the contract award process was compromised by improper influence by political appointees, participation by Halliburton officials in meetings where bidding requirements were discussed, and a lack of competition. She stated that the Halliburton contracts represented "the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have witnessed during the course of my professional career." Days before the hearing, the acting general counsel of the Army Corps of Engineers paid Ms. Greenhouse a visit and reportedly let it be known that it would not be in her best interest to appear voluntarily.

"On August 27, 2005, the Army demoted Ms. Greenhouse, removing her from the elite Senior Executive Service and transferring her to a lesser job in the corps' civil works division . As Frank Rich of The New York Times described the situation, '[H]er crime was not obstructing justice but pursuing it by vehemently questioning irregularities in the awarding of some $7 billion worth of no-bid contracts in Iraq to the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown Root.' The demotion was in apparent retaliation for her speaking out against the abuses, even though she previously had stellar reviews and over 20 years of experience in military procurement."

If you want more click here and here and here.

Remember Obama's statement about an "oil company windfall profits tax"? Sounds good to the average guy, right? What is the story behind that message to the oil companies? Get the story here.

- Posted by Gary Secondino - 8:29:48 AM - trackback []