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Can you trust that Hallmark e-card?


Everyone likes getting cards. I’d prefer paper-cards to an e-card, but hey, I’m not choosy. Any card is still a sign that someone’s thinking well of me. Except, of course, when it’s not really from a friend, but a soul-less bot trying to infect my computer with the latest malware.

In particular, it seems like a day doesn’t go by that I get a Hallmark e-card in my e-mail, and every last one of them has been spam message bearing malware or an attempt to get me to link to a malicious Website. I’m not the only one.

A quick look over the Web showed me that Hallmark malware spam seems to come in waves. And, yes, we’re getting another tidal wave of them now. As the holiday season approaches, I’m sure we’ll only see more of them.

As it happens, Hallmark does sell real e-cards, so you can’t just delete every e-mail that comes along that proclaims it’s a Hallmark card. Fortunately, there are ways to tell the real cards from the bad ones.

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