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Email from Federal Republic of Nigeria - a scam.

I received an email last week and again just this morning, the subject line states PAYMENT NOTIFICATION. The email claims to be from some guy in Nigeria wanting to award me money. I ignored last week's email and would like to tell this guy what he could do with this week's email but should I do it or just ignore it and delete it again? The guy's email is 2 pages long, it's a scam I'm sure but do people really fall for this stuff? Can I tell "Dr. Duke Ahmed" to take a hike and to quit sending me his stupid emails or just ignore it and delete it?

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Please, ignore it and delete it.

In reply to: Email from Federal Republic of Nigeria - a scam.

You're right, it is a scam and these Nigerian fraud emails have been doing the circuit for years.

For proof, just Google the words Nigerian fraud emails and see how many hits there are. The first one is informative. There are too many horror stories of people who have succumbed and sent money off to be counted.

Please do not reply. That tells them your email address is active.

Also, do not even open or display these emails. I don't know how sophisticated the scammers have become, (they used to be very amateurish), but some emails can send a message back to the sender just by viewing the email, even in your email software Preview Pane. The normal method is by including an image in the email which is downloaded from a server somewhere. As that server has to know your IP address to allow the image to be downloaded, they then have your IP address.

So, your best bet is to somehow highlight the email and delete it. But as highlighting it will display it if your Preview Pane is on, turn off the Preview Pane first, before highlighting it. (Normally turned on or off under View > Layout).


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Re: Please, ignore it and delete it.

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Highlight then view in my preview pane? What is my preview pane? I will delete the email. I haven't received an email like that in years then suddenly last week and again this morning. I never click on any links in any of these types of emails nor would I be stupid to fall for such. Thanks for posting.

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What is the Preview Pane?

In reply to: Re: Please, ignore it and delete it.

Do you not have a View > Layout option in your email software?

It may be different if you are using a web page to view your emails, but there may still be similar options.

What is a Preview Pane? when you highlight an email, do you see the contents immediately? Or do you then have to double click, (or single click in a web page), to see the message?

If you see the message immediately then likely that is the Preview Pane.


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Re: What is the Preview Pane?

In reply to: What is the Preview Pane?

My main email account is MS Outlook Express so I don't know if I have a preview pane or not. I have a few other email accounts, Yahoo, GMail, Hotmail, AT&T webmail but most of my emailing is done using MS Outlook Express.

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See this image

In reply to: Re: What is the Preview Pane?

That's standard issue in Outlook Express. Have a look at the image below;

You may have to click on the image to see a larger picture.

Like I said, the Preview Pane is selected through View > Layout. Then in OE the Layout window shows where you can select Preview Pane or not.

Does your OE not have that?

By the way, your email account is not Outlook Express. OE is just software for managing emails. Your email account is the email address you use, eg


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Re: See this image

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I followed your instructions and the preview pane has been selected so I guess I have it. Thanks for the post.

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