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Another scam alert: Is it my imagination, or do these people running scams multiply like fruit flies? Fred Hillerman brought in a letter he received – he immediately knew it was a phony, but he wants to warn others. It’s a long letter, so I’ll paraphrase. The letter purports to be from Morris M. Abibi, the head of the internal audit department of Barclays, South Africa.

Abibi says that a man with the same surname as Fred’s died without a will and had $12.5 million (U.S.) in the bank. Abibi said the money is sitting in the bank and will belong to the South African government if no heirs are found. His proposal is that he and Fred team together, cast Fred as the legal heir, and split the money “in a ratio to be determined.” Of course, Abibi assures the “strictest confidence” in the matter. Geeez … what will they think of next?

Medical tests: Thanks to all of you who have e-mailed and called to express your concern over the recent cancer checkup I had. While I initially thought everything was OK, my doctor had some concerns about certain blood levels, so late last week I had more tests, including an ultrasound of my liver. If you’ve ever had an ultrasound, you can watch the computer screen and see what the technician or radiologist sees. So of course I was watching what appeared as a black spot on my liver. Scary. It’s all scary! As you are reading this, I’m in the expert hands of a radiologist at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, having a liver biopsy. I really know how to kickoff a weekend, don’t I? Anyway, because I brought all this up in the first place I thought I’d keep everybody up to date. Many cancer survivors have gotten in touch with me, and it has been wonderful sharing stories with them.

Don’t be alarmed if this column doesn’t appear Saturday and Monday, because I write those on Friday and I won’t be in the office.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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