Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there is an increase in e-card scam. E-cards are the great way to send greetings to your family and friend and it is also helps to promote your business. This is the best method of attackers to steal your money and make you a victim of Identity theft. E-cards are basically meant for special occasions but they cannot prevent fraud. Hence, Webroot team has given some tips by which you can protect yourself from E-Card scam. The customer can easily install this security software via www.webroot.com/safe. It will help you to protect from identity theft, malware and viruses etc. Hence, it is advised when you receive E-card, you should think twice before clicking on link. In this blog, you will read how you can protect yourself from E-Card scam.
E-Card Scam Works:
If the user receives a message through email or text informing you that someone has sent you an e-card and they ask you to click on a link. If the user click on that link and they find there is no card. Then, this message might be sent to you by hacker which installs malware in your computer. When the malware is installed in your device, then hackers can Steal your identity or your personal information like your full name, Social Security number, bank credentials etc. With this information, hackers can open new accounts in your name. Hackers can also hijack your email account and send fake emails to your contacts. In these emails, hackers can ask your contacts for money or they can install malware on their device. Attackers can annoy you with pop-up ads which convince you to buy a bogus product. Hackers can also trick you by creating a page and force you to buy a product or “donate” in a fake charity.
What Steps You Should take If you Receive Fake E-Card?
First, you should check who has sent you the e- card. It is advised you should delete the “e-card” message which comes from unknown sender. Attackers show that this e-card comes from “someone you know” or “a friend”. Then this is a red signal that it is fake e-card.
If incase, the message comes from a friend or relative, then you should immediately contact that person and ask them if they have send you any e-card. You must wait for the confirmation message by sender before you click on the link.
If the receiver find that it is scam then you should immediately complaints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and to the Federal Trade Commission.
You should secure yourself by installing Webroot antivirus in your device via www.webroot.com/safe in your device and also ensure your email spam filter is working. You must regularly update your security software in order to secure yourself from e-card scammers.
The above method will help you to protect yourself from E-Card Scam. If the customer need any information about E- Card Scam, then just visit to webroot.com/safe.