Friday, April 15, 2005

JayCee Smock Scammed!

In 1896, a local newspaper called our town founder a swindler for selling lightning rods-- such as the one that rises high above J. C. Smock's head in this photograph-- to unsuspecting newcomers. It seems like poetic justice that our beloved lightning rod salesman received the following email this morning:

Dear Jaycee Smock:

I am barrister Douglas Ezeh, a solicitor at law and the personal attorney to late Mr.Mark Smock, a national of your country, who used to be a private contractor with the Shell Development Company in Nigeria, herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001, he and his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Sagbama express road, all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.

The deceased had an account valued at about $15 million US dollars and the bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at $15Million US dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me urgently by Email: or my direct
Cell-phone line 234-1-XXXXXXX.

Best regards,
Barrister Douglas Ezeh
Direct Cell-phone 234-1-XXXXXXX


Lilly Morgen said...

That wheeling dealing is in the blood! But seriously, now aren't we all Smocks? J.C. Have you contacted that Smock guy who came by the museum????

TY said...

Those scammer guys don't leave a rock unturned or a grave untouched to try to make a buck, do they?

jaycee said...

I say! I must object to the content of this blog posting! Like your Mayor and City Council today, I was only trying to provide for my wife and family. You can't blame me for that, can you?

Mrs. Jewett said...

I say! Quit your lollygagging around and get on this thing with the barrister, J.C.! I know of several streets which could be put in macadam and several public buildings that need restored! Let's rebuild Middleton!

jaycee said...

No, seriously! You can't expect us people in government to take our positions of responsibility seriously, can you? I mean, get real. If you were forced to choose between serving humanity and making a living, what would you do?

MrsJewett said...

As a Baptist, my choice is to serve humanity! "Let your light so shine before men, that they see your good works and glorify your Father who art in Heaven" Matthew 5:16
That is the very reason why there will be a "faith based" charity organization in the 21st century!!Mark my words!

jaycee said...

You're implying that I'm a crook. Well let me set you straight on that. Your town founder is not a crook. And don't tell me about all the good work the churhces do. They throwed me out of the Sherwood-Middleton Friends Church 110 years ago. I ain't been back since. All I wanted to do was have some fun!

MrsJewett said...

How can you have fun with that mind numbing "demon rum" running through your veins!! Why are we growing hops on good farmland instead of nourishing fruits and grains? The world is starving while you're having fun, J.C.!!!!

jaycee said...

You and Anna Reisner talk just alike. I'm sure glad she hasn't heard about this blog yet. That is one lady I would rather not argue with no more. She wouldn't dare close down the Johnny Owens Saloon again, would she?

Lilly Morgen said...

Herbert (Hall) Jekins spoke to me the other day on my time travel to 2005 and told me he is a direct decendent to the Smocks. I said, "How can that be?" and he said that he his great grandfather was a half-brother to J.C. Smock. In fact there should be lots of people in this clan as J.C. had five half-brothers and sisters. So shouldn't he get a slice of the pie?

jaycee said...

Hmmm. Somebody should look this fellow up on the family website.

The Smocks had been in America for six generations by the time I was born. There's bound to be quite a bunch of folks out there. Don't know why that Nigerian lawyer couldn't at least spell my name right.

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