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The Federal Trade
Commission recently issued its annual report, "Consumer Fraud and Identity
Theft Complaint Data," on fraud complaints filed by consumers in 2006. For
the seventh year in a row, identity theft tops the list, accounting for 36
percent of the 674,354 complaints received between January 1 and December 31, 2006.
Credit card fraud (25 percent) was the most common form of reported identity
theft, followed by phone or utilities fraud (16 percent), bank fraud (16
percent), and employment fraud (14 percent). Other common fraud complaints
included shop-at-home/catalog sales; prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries;
Internet services and computer complaints; and Internet auction fraud.
Consumers reported fraud losses totaling more than $1.1 billion and the median
monetary loss was $500.
The FTC provides data on consumer fraud complaints to the Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to more than 1,600 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the
The Internet was the top method chosen by fraudulent companies to contact consumers, used 60% of the time (e-mail was used in 45% of the cases and websites in 15%). The remaining methods were mail (16%), phone (13%), and others (10%). What can you do to avoid becoming the victim of online consumer fraud? Take these precautions:
If you do encounter problems, file a complaint with the FTC by completing a form at FTC.gov, or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.
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Question: I used to have a bar at the
bottom of my Web browser that showed the progress of searches when trying to
find a website. It would tell me if I was connected to the site I was searching
for and it even had a little bar that showed whether the requested page was
making progress in completely opening. I don't see this information at the
bottom of my browser window anymore. Is there a way to get it back?
Answer: Yes. You are referring to a "status bar" and it is a handy tool that tells you whether or not you're connecting to a site. To add the status bar back onto your browser when using Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0, simply click your cursor arrow on the Internet Explorer "View" menu and drop down to "Status Bar" on the resulting drop-down menu. If your menu bar in I.E. 7.0 isn't visible, click on the "Tools" icon to the right of your address bar, drop down to "Toolbars," and select "Status Bar" from the resulting submenu. The status bar will appear at the bottom of your browser. If you are using Firefox 2.0, click your cursor arrow on the "View" menu and drop down to "Status Bar." The status bar will appear at the bottom of your browser. When using Safari 2.0, click your cursor arrow on the "View" menu and drop down to "Show Status Bar." The "Status Bar" will appear at the bottom of your browser.
http://landscape-america.com/index.html - April is Lawn and Garden Month so it's time to get growing. To plant the seeds of inspiration, you may want to visit this comprehensive landscaping site. It's an excellent resource for planning your next yard project, and includes information on all aspects of landscaping from selecting the right plants for your climate to adding beautiful and practical pathways. And because things aren't always rosy, this site also offers advice on controlling weeds, insects, and disease.
Top Picks in NASA Pics
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html - It's the next best thing to being there. Each day NASA posts the Astronomy Picture of the Day on this site, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. You can see our fascinating universe in all its glory, and get a close-up feel for the stars and planets so far away. In addition to the Astronomy Picture of the Day, check out selected photos dating back to 1995.
http://reel.com/reel.asp?node=intheaters - If you don't get your fill of stars on the NASA site, come here for detailed reviews of new movies in theaters and those coming soon. These reviews include handy links to the stars in the cast that show their other movie credits, as well as lists of similar films under Close Movie Matches. Still deciding what to see this weekend? Be sure to view the new trailers included on the site and take a look at the current top ten at the box office.
Wonders of the World
http://new7wonders.com - The Ancient 7 Wonders of the World (including the Pyramids at
http://nfl.com/draft - Keep up with the action of the 2007 NFL draft (April 28-29) with the help of the official NFL site. All the stats you could possibly want are here including prospect profiles listed by position or school, and a team-by-team history of first round picks from 1982 to 2006. NFL.com draft guru Gil Brandt weighs in with results from this year's Pro Days, plus you'll find draft analysis and columns, player diaries, and links to team draft sites.
The default settings of
the newer versions of the Internet Explorer Web browser include buttons for
common functions such as "back," forward," "stop,"
"refresh," home," "autofill,"
"print," and "mail." Additional buttons for other functions
can easily be added to your toolbar or default buttons can be removed. Here's
To Make Adjustments To The Browser Toolbar When Using Internet Explorer 6.0 For Windows XP Home Edition:
To Make Adjustments To The Browser Toolbar When Using Internet Explorer 7.0 For Windows XP Home Edition:
To Make Adjustments To The Browser Toolbar When Using Firefox 2.0 For Windows XP Home Edition Or Macintosh OS X:
To Make Adjustments To The Browser Toolbar When Using Safari 2.0 For Macintosh OS X:
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