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the "Nigerian Advance Fee Scam" has circulated across
Also known as the "Nigerian 419 Scam," referring to the Nigerian law for fraud, the scam has propagated for years through regular mail, fax transmissions, telephone solicitations, and, in recent years, most prolifically via e-mail.
There are hundreds of variations of the Nigerian Advance Fee Scam; however, the storyline is similar in each instance. The scam goes something like this: A person from a third world country, usually claiming to be either a very important business person or from royal lineage, sends you an e-mail saying he/she has access to huge amounts of money which is sitting idle from a recent inheritance, government action, or business deal. For some strange, fateful reason this person has selected you to assist him/her in getting the funds out of his/her country. Once you've grabbed the "bait," the scammer asks you to either provide him/her with a "transaction advance" (which you'll never see again) or personal bank account information for the purpose of sending millions of dollars to your account for a temporary holding period. The individual promises to share the proceeds with you (usually anywhere from 10%-25%) after the transfer of funds occurs. The e-mail message normally utilizes incorrect grammar and spelling to further the notion that the sender is indeed from an impoverished, far-off country.
Below is the exact text of an actual Nigerian Advance Fee Scam that has been recently circulating the Internet:
The above message is an Illegal Scam! If you believe that you have been victimized by the Nigerian Advance Fee Scam or any other type of Internet fraudulent scheme, contact your local law enforcement officials and file an online report with the FBI's
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Question: I recently opened an e-mail
message from a friend and got a strange pop-up message that said something
like, "The Message sender has requested a response to indicate that you
have read the message. Would you like to send a receipt?" What does this
mean? (I use Outlook Express on a Windows machine.)
Answer: The message you described means that the person who sent you the e-mail is requesting an acknowledgement that you opened and read it. It's called a "Read Receipt" message. Most e-mail programs allow you to ask for Read Receipts when sending e-mail messages. Many also allow you to acknowledge Read Receipts when receiving these messages. E-mail software programs do not automatically send Read Receipt requests to e-mail recipients unless the sender first changes the settings on his/her e-mail software program. (See the tutorial section below.) The recipient can then authorize a reply message (receipt) to go back to the sender by clicking "OK" on the pop-up message or he/she can click "Cancel" which does not allow a receipt message to be sent back to its origin.
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Test Your Major League Baseball Trivia Skills
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Most e-mail programs allow
you to ask for Read Receipts when sending e-mail messages. However, two popular
Macintosh programs, Mail.app by Apple and Microsoft's
Entourage, make no provision for sending or responding to Read Receipt
requests. For information on popular e-mail software programs that do have Read
Receipt capabilities, see the details below.
Outlook Express for Windows
Outlook Express for Windows can both request Read Receipts and respond to them. To set-up Outlook Express to request Read Receipts, follow the steps below.
6.2 For Windows and Macintosh
Eudora 6.2 does not have a setting which allows you to request a Read Receipt every time a message is sent. The user must request these on a per e-mail basis. Eudora 6.2 does allow you to respond to receipt requests. To request Read Receipts in Eudora 6.2, follow the steps below.
Mozilla's Thunderbird For Windows and Macintosh
Mozilla's Thunderbird is a close cousin to the popular Firefox Web browser. Thunderbird allows you to request Read Receipts; however, a known bug prevents anyone from responding to one. To request Read Receipts for an e-mail account when using Thunderbird, follow the steps below.
7.2 For Windows and Macintosh
Netscape 7.2's mail feature for both Windows and Macintosh is another Mozilla-based browser/e-mail client which supports Read Receipts. Its interface is similar to Thunderbird's but it allows you to also acknowledge a Return Receipt request. To set-up Netscape 7.2 to request Read Receipts, follow the steps below.
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