12 Scams of Christmas: Malicious e-cards
Good tidings of comfort and joy aren't confined to paper envelopes anymore.
“E-cards are terrific, there are many of them that are even free,” says Steve Weisman, author of Identity Theft Alert and Bentley University professor.
But scammers like to ruin all that is good in the world, including e-cards.
Weisman says, be wary of the seasons greeting in your inbox. It could be a sinister ruse.
“If you get one from a friend, an admirer, and they don't even give you a name, chances are it's a scam,” warns Weisman. “And when you click on what you think is a scam, you're downloading malware onto your computer.”
Unfortunately, you have to be a bit of a Scrooge. If you don't know the sender, don't open the e-card.
Even if you do recognize the name, proceed with caution.
“I got one from a friend of mine recently, and, being the paranoid I am, emailing him back, ‘Did you send me – yes, I sent you an ecard,’” recalls Weisman.
Weisman says it’s also a good reminder to make sure your computer’s anti-virus software is up-to-date.