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The Fake Hallmark Card Scam

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Analysis
Rating:  This one is a bit tricky... and not bad as far as scams go. The idea is to get you to click on the link for the card.. but notice there is no name on the card as where it comes from, but the other links do go to Hallmark. The main link for the card though goes to: an FTP or File Transfer Protocol at infoasturias.com and downloads an executable file. This is either a malicious program or a spy program to steal information about banking, affiliate programs, or other things that make you money.

 
 
A Friend has sent you a Hallmark E-Card.

 
 
 
If you recognize this name, click the link to see your E-Card.
http://www.hallmark.com/ECardWeb/ECV.jsp?a=EG0694272732475M245925860Y&product_id=  Link Redacted for safety.
 
 
If this name is not familiar to you and you're concerned about online security, please use the following steps:
 
 
   
  1. Visit http://www.hallmark.com/getecard
  2. Enter your e-mail address in the Original Recipient.s E-Mail Address box.
  3. Enter EG0694262772475 in the Confirmation Number box.
  4. Click Display Greeting.
 
 
  Want to send an E-Card too ? Visit www.hallmark.com/ecards
 

To view Hallmark’s privacy policy or for questions, visit www.hallmark.com, and click the links at the bottom of the page.
 

 

        
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How to avoid this scam in the future:
Hallmark does have some E-cards it sends out. Simply put your cursor over the link and if the link does not go to Hallmark do not click on it. Do not be fooled by links that say Hallmark. Example of a link that would not go to hallmark..   http://www.hallmark.fakewebsiteaddress.com/hallmark-card123456789 etc..

Just because it says hallmark does not mean it IS from hallmark and there are ways to make you think that it is from hallmark. In the example above a period or DOT before the actual address makes it appear to be Hallmark when it is actually fakewesiteaddress.com

 

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