Kienow Family History and Heritage

General : Everyone's a Target for Spam
Posted by skenow on Thu, 04 Sep 2008 (1864 reads)

I just got word from another family member of an email from 'Sir John Kempwelch,' a 'senior partner in the firm of Infinity Consultants' indicating he was being offered the chance to inherit a large amount of money, left when a person of the same last name died without any apparent heir. I think we've all received these from time-to-time, but it's always good to be a bit skeptical about offers that appear too good to be true. So, here's what I do...

A few quick searches (use the subject of the email or the part of the first sentence) turned up several pages, all with the same offer, using the exact same words, just a different name for the deceased and a different name for the 'senior partner.' Apparently, we're not the only ones getting this letter! In the past, not only have I inherited great sums of money, but I have also been 'warned' of some security breaches on my PayPal account (I didn't have one at the time), that a credit card company wanted me to verify my account information (but the email contained too many spelling errors to be legitimate), and that I could help sponsor a well-to-do foreigner that needed assistance getting into the country.

Sometimes, the only intent was to create panic and a flood of emails to everyone in my address book, who would, in turn, do the same with their address books, which mimics what a lot of viruses do.

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Here's What I Know : Back to School
Posted by skenow on Sun, 24 Aug 2008 (1825 reads)

This week, we took our youngest to college for the first time - something I didn't envision 18+ years ago, sitting in the hospital room. I didn't think that far ahead with any of our children, I was so wrapped up in the moment, enjoying them for who they were and the hope they represented. But, time passes, sometimes too quickly, and they have all grown in almost no time.

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General : We're Here
Posted by skenow on Sat, 03 May 2008 (1576 reads)

Yes - the site is finally on the new server. I'm sure I will be finding a few things that need touching up, but, overall, everything is intact. If you experience any difficulties or notice something before I do, just drop me a line.


General : Moving Update
Posted by skenow on Tue, 29 Apr 2008 (1435 reads)

Well, it's been a couple of weeks now and I could have moved the site to a completely different hosting company and back by now, but I have been assured that the move will be complete 'by the end of the month.'

I'm not quite sure what the delays are, but I had everything all ready to move and just needed the hosting company to forward my address. I can give them a few more days, I suppose.

Thanks for your patience!

General : We're Moving
Posted by skenow on Tue, 08 Apr 2008 (1397 reads)

Well, sort of...

I'm in the process of migrating the site to a new server and the final step of the move may disrupt our availability. It should be a short outage, though.

Thanks for your patience!