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Avoiding email Scams!
Submitted by charisse.pagan 1 year ago
Submitted by smithket 2 years ago
Submitted by ID Staff 2 years ago
Submitted by Caity Mihnovich 8 months ago
New phishing scams are generated whenever there is a newsworthy event, such as a natural disaster, a national election, or a significant change in the world financial system.
E-cards are created the same way websites are: They're built on the Internet, just like this page. So when you send someone an e-card, you send them a link to click, which takes them to the online greeting card you created for them.
This means an e-card you receive could actually be a phishing scam, spam or a spyware installer, or a computer virus.
How to avoid fake e-cards
• Recognize the sender of the e-card. If you don't know the sender, do not trust the card. Legitimate companies have standard, obvious ways for you to recognize that the email is not a fraud.
For example, with MSN Greetings, the "from" always shows "Ecard from MSN Greetings" as the display name and "email@example.com" as the email address.
Make sure you check both the display name and email address of the sender.
• When in doubt, use alternative viewing methods. Do not click any links when you are not sure of the sender or intent of the email.
For example, if you use MSN Greetings, you can view your greeting on the MSN Greetings website. Type "msn.americangreetings.com" into your web browser and click the "ecard pickup" link in the upper right-hand corner.
• Never download or click anything from an unknown source.
• Be wary of an email message or file attachment from someone you don't know or that seems suspicious.
• Preview a link's web address before you click it. If the link doesn't show an address, move your mouse pointer over a link without clicking it to see where the link goes. (The address should appear on the bottom bar of your web browser.)
• Don't accept an end-user agreement without reading the fine print first; you might inadvertently agree to install spyware or something else you don't want.
• Use established greeting card sites such as MSN Greetings or American Greetings when sending e-cards.
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