FBI Warns Of E-Card Scam

    July 26, 2007

The FBI and the greeting card industry are warning people of fraudulent emails that claim to contain an electronic greeting card from an anonymous individual, such as a "friend" or "classmate."

The fraudulent emails, which claim to be from legitimate greeting card companies, tell consumers to click on a link in the email message to view their e-card. Clicking on the link can possibly expose a person’s computer to a virus.

"If you get an e-mail claiming you’ve received an e-card from a generic ‘friend’ or ‘family member’ rather than from someone whose name or personal e-mail address you recognize, the e-mail is fraudulent and should be immediately deleted," says John Hambrick, Unit Chief of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

"Do not follow any of the instructions in the e-mail or click on any link."

For people who are not sure if an e-card notice is legitimate, the Greeting Card Association recommends that they go directly to the publisher’s Web site to receive an e-card, instead of clicking on the link in the email.

People who receive the fraudulent emails can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The Federal Trade Commission has also been notified of the scam.