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E-Mail Scam - Online Bank Phishing Scams Are Hooking Consumers
As the number of people using online banking services continues to grow, so does the increase in the number and the variety of Internet-based bank fraud scams. Below are a couple of actual examples.
The above are real-life examples. E-mail messages like these, often awkwardly written, include a link directing the e-mail recipient to an authentic-looking website. The site, which appears to be your bank's website, asks that you submit personal information (such as your PIN, checking account, and Social Security numbers) so the "bank" can "update" its files. The scammersí goal is to obtain personal information for identity theft and/or bank and credit card fraud.
Don't fall prey to Internet-based bank fraud criminal activity! These types of crimes, called "phishing scams," have increased dramatically in just the past couple of years. According to the Federal Trade Commission, of the 635,173 complaints it received in 2004, 246,570 were identity theft reports and 388,603 were fraud complaints. Information provided to scam artists by unsuspecting online bank users has been a major contributing factor to these high numbers.
Here are some steps you can take to avoid being "hooked" by bank-related phishing scams:
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Ask The Help Desk - Does Outlook Express Provide Holiday E-mail Stationery?
Question: I would like to send my holiday greetings this month via e-mail. I
understand that Microsoft's Outlook Express provides an option to insert a holiday-themed stationery background on e-mail messages. Is this true?
Answer: Yes. Outlook Express does include pre-installed stationery themes that can be used as backgrounds on your outgoing e-mail messages. To view them, do the following:
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Great Sites To Check Out
Read The Happy Side Of News
http://www.happynews.com - HappyNews.com covers many of the national, international, entertainment, and sports stories that the big news services cover. However, Byron Reese, founder and publisher of the website, says his site's take on the world is more representative than the negative view commonly seen on TV or in newspapers. Recent headlines have included "Average Gasoline Prices Drop 25 Cents," "Post-Hurricane Rita Weather Helps Crops," and "Mosul Is Policing Its Own." Is network news making you "down in the dobber?" Try reading HappyNews.com!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
http://adisney.go.com/disneypictures/narnia/index.html - This month marks the long awaited film release of the popular children's fantasy novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Written by C.S. Lewis (AKA Clive Staples Lewis 1898-1963), the story is actually the second volume in Lewis's seven-part epic entitled The Chronicles of Narnia. Be sure to check out the movie's trailer as well as the five fascinating behind-the-scenes video clips.
Travel Wisely With Your Pet During The Holidays
http://PetTravel.com - Are you planning to take your pet traveling with you during the holidays? Be prepared by checking out this helpful site. It links you to over 28,000 pet friendly hotels. It's also got information on how to obtain an international health certificate for your pet, quarantine and inspection information for over 100 different countries, airline pet travel requirements, travel tips for pet health and safety, and details on how to microchip your pet.
Celebrating Christmas At Graceland
http://elvis.com/graceland/calendar/elvis_christmas.asp - Elvis Presley famously decorated his residence for the holidays. Today, the staff of Graceland continues Presley's traditions with lighted aluminum trees, a life-size nativity scene, a winding driveway with hundreds of blue lights, and trees in several rooms. If you can't take in the holiday tour in person, check out the Graceland Cam, which is available 24/7. You can also send holiday e-cards to friends and family. Each card includes an audio clip of an Elvis song.
Lyrics To Christmas Songs And Carols
http://www.nevada.edu/~blake/Christmas.songs.html - If you are having trouble remembering whether it's "nine ladies dancing" or "nine pipers piping" on the ninth day of Christmas in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," this website is for you. The site provides the lyrics to 41 popular Christmas songs and 25 classic Christmas carols. It's time to "Deck the Halls!" (By the way, the correct answer is "nine ladies dancing." The eleventh day has "eleven pipers piping.")
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Short Tutorial - Create Custom Stationery Using Outlook Express
Outlook Express includes built-in stationery templates that can be used for outgoing e-mail messages. This can be especially handy this time of the year when e-mailing your holiday greetings to friends and relatives. If none of the pre-installed stationery templates fit your needs, you can create your own stationery when using Outlook Express 6 in Windows XP Home Edition by following the steps below.
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