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Tax season is now in full swing. That means that it is also the time of the year for Internet scammers to attempt to trick wage earners out of their hard earned money using the IRS as their front. A variety of fraudulent IRS-related e-mail messages are currently circulating around the Internet. Here are how a couple of them work:
A recipient receives an e-mail message from email@example.com. The subject line says "IRS Tax Refund." The message claims that the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund of $571.94. A link is provided for the recipient to complete a form in order to receive the refund. Although the link appears to go to an IRS web page, the recipient is redirected to a scammer's website where personal data is then captured. THIS E-MAIL IS A SCAM!
We urge our Internet customers to be cautious of e-mail messages that request private information for the purposes related to income tax processing or tax refunds. These e-mail messages may be phishing scams attempting to gather personal and financial information.
3 Rivers has heard comments from customers in some service areas that they have been receiving less than optimal download speeds from their 3 Rivers DSL service and are encountering other quality issues as well. We recognize that these issues need to be addressed. To that end, 3 Rivers has been provisioning our central offices with state-of-the-art routers and other equipment and also recently completed a project involving installing fiber optic cable between Whitehall and Helena. This now provides fiber optic connectivity from our southern Montana service areas to our main facilities in Fairfield. These projects, along with ongoing maintenance and upgrades, will help increase the capability and quality of our network, and our service to you. We hope that you notice these changes in the coming weeks. We thank you for letting us know about your concerns and appreciate your patience.
Question: Why can't I see graphics on incoming e-mail messages anymore? I used to be able to see them. I use Microsoft's Windows XP and Outlook Express.
Answer: Microsoft Corp. developed and released software called Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP users in the fall of 2004. Its purpose was to "patch holes" in some of Microsoft's software programs to help reduce the threat of e-mail viruses, e-mail worms, and hacker attacks. SP2 most specifically eliminated many of the vulnerabilities within its Internet Explorer browser and Outlook Express software programs. Most Windows XP users have since downloaded SP2.
One of SP2's protective measures for Outlook Express is to block images from being displayed within incoming e-mail messages as a default setting. Microsoft had discovered that some virus/worm threats arose from malicious code within the graphics of e-mail messages. Microsoft's solution was to prevent users from seeing any graphics within e-mail messages. This is probably the reason you are no longer able to see graphics within your e-mail messages.
Luckily, Microsoft provides an easy option to allow images to appear within messages, either on a per e-mail basis or for all e-mail messages. To see graphics within messages on an e-mail-by-e-mail basis, with your Preview Pane open, follow these steps:
Note: If you don't see the gray bar, open the message in its own window and follow steps one and two above. Otherwise, click your cursor arrow on the "View" menu and drop down to "Layout." When the "Window Layout Properties" window appears, make sure "Show preview pane header" is checked.
If you want to be able to see all pictures on all incoming e-mail messages that contain images, you can disable SP2's default blocking feature by following the steps below.
Learn How To Ballroom Dance At Home
http://ballroomdancers.com - The popular television show Dancing With The Stars has created a renewed interest in ballroom dancing. If you've never tried it before or are in need of a refresher course, check out this site. It gives you a handy glossary of terms plus tutorials on doing the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, and more. The site also has great music to listen to while you practice. Have fun!
Pictures Of Men Wearing Socks With Sandals
http://www.sandalandsoxer.co.uk - If seeing pictures of men wearing socks with their sandals offends you, do not enter this site. It contains over 300 pictures of men (and some women, too) who are wearing socks with their sandals. Dark socks, white socks, watermelon socks -- you name it. Do you have a dad, brother, or friend who wears socks with his sandals? Then why not take his picture and submit it to this site?
Ice Age 2 - The Meltdown Released Later This Month
http://www.iceagemovie.com/ - The sub-zero heroes from the hit CGI film, Ice Age, are back. Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, and Scrat the hapless squirrel return. Voiceovers include Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary, and Queen Latifah. For a sneak preview, head to this site. Ice Age 2 - The Meltdown is rated G for general audiences.
You Share A Birthday With Famous People
http://worldalmanacforkids.com/explore/birthdays.html - Have you ever wondered what famous people share your birthday? You can find out by heading to this site and selecting the month and date of your birthday. A listing of famous people born on your birthday will appear. For instance, if your birthday is on March 26th, you share birthdays with Tennessee Williams, James Caan, Diana Ross, Marcus Allen, and Martin Short.
Get On The Cover Of A Wheaties Cereal Box
http://wheaties.com - Over the past 70 years, Wheaties has recognized hundreds of outstanding amateur and professional athletes for their achievements by placing pictures of them on Wheaties boxes. Dozens of interesting pictures of these commemorative packages can be found at this site. Did you know that Lou Gehrig was the first athlete to appear on a Wheaties box? Do you also know that you can get your own picture on the front of a Wheaties box? Check out this site to find out how.
If you've ever tried to print an order form or a receipt from a web page, you've probably found that sometimes web pages are not optimized for printing. When you pull your paper out of the printer, you may discover that the right side of the page has been cut off or pages have been split vertically down the middle. By default, some browsers will attempt to scale web pages down to fit when printing onto standard size paper. However, this may leave the type size on the printed page too small to read.
A handy solution is to change the orientation of the page you are printing from "Portrait" (up and down) to "Landscape" (side to side). This allows you to print the text that would normally be cut off the printed page. Follow these steps to print web pages in a landscape format.
Printing Web Pages in Landscape When Using Internet Explorer 6.0 Browser and Windows XP Home Edition:
Alternate Method of Printing Web Pages in Landscape When Using Internet Explorer 6.0 Browser and Windows XP Home Edition:
Printing Web Pages in Landscape When Using Firefox 1.0 Browser and Windows XP Home Edition Or Macintosh OS X:
Printing Web Pages in Landscape When Using Safari 2.0 Browser and Mac OS X:
Printing Web Pages in Landscape When Using Netscape 7.2 Browser and Windows XP Home Edition Or Macintosh OS X:
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