As the internet evolves, scammers are becoming more ingenious in their attempts to part their victims from their cash.
One of the more recent online scams involves e-greetings card emails sent in an attempt to phish personal information.
Everyone likes to feel wanted, or loved, and a great many people enjoy sending and receiving e-greetings cards to their friends, family and other loved ones.
However, you should beware of any that arrive in your inbox that are unexpected, or are vague as to who sent them.
It is becoming increasingly common for internet users to open their email inboxes to find that they have been sent ecards.
Opening the email, they find instructions to click on a link in order to view this card.
However, commonly there are an increasing number of these sent that are from scammers, enticing you into clicking on the link, either to redirect you to a website from which they will attempt to extract your personal information, or so that they can download a keylogger onto your system.
In the former case, anyone visiting the website accessed through the link may be offered the opportunity to reply to the egreeting that they have received. Natuarally this will involve registering or otherwise entering personal data that the scammer may be able to utilise in identity theft.
In the latter case, clicking on the link may download a small piece of code which is able to count key presses and maybe even record exactly what you type on your keyboard. Again this can be used to commit identity theft or credit card fraud.
Whilst opening the email itself shouldn’t normally be cause for concern, clicking any links within them certainly should be. Therefore the best solution is to never open or reply to these e-cards unless you are absolutely certain you know who sent them.