Fake emails disguised as Greeting Cards from Hallmark are now being received.
This is a new tactic Phishers are using to bait you into accessing a fake website in order to steal your private information.
On the surface, the emails look legitimate but are completely fake. Since these are new on the scene, you may be easily tempted into thinking they are real. They aren’t.
Here’s what to look for;
- The “from” address will be listed as “hallmark.com” but the actual email address attached to will NOT be hallmark.com. Instead, it will be a non-descript domain name such as “oyoyo (at) jibjab.com”
- The clickable link in he email will be listed as an IP address (a series of numbers such as 188.8.131.52). If the email was legitimate, the clickable link would be from hallmark.com
As with all emails you receive from unknown people or companies,
- Make sure you read the entire email
- Look for obvious spelling and punctuation erros.
- DO NOT click on any embedded links
- DO NOT download any attachments
- DO NOT reply to the email or click on any email link
- If you suspect, even in the slightest, that the email might be fake, it more than likely is
Remember, the only “special” about these Phishing scams is that they are looking to steal your money.