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Postcard E-mail Scam

Friday, July 6th, 2007 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Postcard E-mail Scam

If you’re like me (and everyone else who has e-mailed me about this), you’ve been getting some strange e-mails in your Inbox lately. Am I right? Well, those e-mails are part of a new scam that is going around these days. It’s going by the name of the “Postcard Scam,” but there are various versions of it that may have found its way to your e-mail Inbox. Let’s take a look at it and see what all it entails, shall we?!

If you receive one of these e-mails in your Inbox, the subject will say something like “You’ve received a postcard from a family member” or something similar to that. There have also been some that say something about an e-card, a greeting or even one specifying a special holiday (like the Fourth of July, for example). The senders of this scam have also varied. These spam e-mails have come from Hallmark, Greetings123, eCards, and more.

If you open the e-mail, it will tell you that you’ve been sent a postcard and there will be a link you can click on to go and preview it. But, if you click on that link, you’re putting yourself at risk for a potential virus or malware infestation. Once you click on the link, the scammers know your address is a real one and they can start sending you malicious material at any time. So, although these e-mails look tempting, don’t click on that link! Be extra careful not to fall for this trick. Like I always say, if the e-mail looks suspicious, just delete it as fast as you can. It’s better to be safe than sorry, don’t you think?!

~ Erin

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