E-Cards are a trendy way to show someone you care, however, this inexpensive and convenient display of affection could be a carrier of malware, spyware or spam.
How do you know?
Symptoms of e-Card are similar to email phishing attacks:
- It is non-personalized greeting: "Dear Friend" or "Hey...."
- Generically signed: Your Secret Admirer or Mike (any common name)
- Sender is someone who wouldn't normally send you a card
- By hovering over a link, it reveals an impostor website
- There are misspelled words, awkward grammar or punctuation
- Includes an attachment (Typical e-Cards are a link)
Advice for e-Card Senders
- Use only reputable e-Card companies
- Check a company's security policy on protecting your email and securing e-cards
What to do?
- Confirm with the sender before opening an e-card Delete suspicious e-card announcements
- Or report it to Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
- Scrutinize web addresses to see if they're legitimate not faked
- Never click on suspicious links or attachments
- Type the e-card company website into the navigation bar to access your e-card