February 12, 2009
It's perfectly fine to have your heart stolen on Valentine's Day, but not your money or your identity. That's why you should be on the lookout for fraudulent e-cards disguised as Valentines.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says these fraudulent Valentine's Day greetings in your e-mail inbox could potentially cause major damage to computers.
Scammers have created fake e-mail notifications stating a "friend" or "family member" has sent an e-card, causing the recipient to click on a link provided. Upon clicking the link, the recipient may be taken to a malicious Web site.
"Legitimate e-card notifications will always identify the sender by name or e-mail address, never by a generic term," warned Zoeller. "Unless you recognize the full name of the sender or the e-mail address, do not open the e-card because it is likely the e-mail is fraudulent and could cause harm to your computer."
Additional tips for avoiding becoming an internet fraud victim:
Do not respond to spam e-mails.
Do not click on links contained within a spam e-mail, instead log on to the official Web site.
Only open attachments from known senders.
Do not disclose personal information in e-mail forms.
Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link that you are actually directed to.
If you suspect a fraudulent e-mail, contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the email is genuine.