Sunday is a day for everyone to thank their mother for all they do. Along with flowers and gifts, many people send greetings by email in the form of an eCard. The Better Business Bureau – Nebraska reports scammers look forward to Mother’s Day as much as moms as it is a day they can try to get personal information.
President and CEO Jim Hegarty says legitimate eCard companies like Hallmark and American Greetings send a confirmation number in the email. He says it is a good idea to copy that number and log on to the eCard provider’s website and enter that number to read the card.
Hegarty says, “If it is just a link to view the card, don’t do it. It is possible I suppose it could be legitimate but it is not worth the risk. This is one way off-shore scammers use to get a hold of our personal information.”
Hegarty says scammers are becoming more sophisticated and hack in to a Facebook or other social media contact list and get information to use in sending eCards so they appear to be from a friend.