Scam Alert: Be Sure Your Father's Day E-Cards Are For Real

An example of a legitimate Hallmark E-Card.
An example of a legitimate Hallmark E-Card.

A fraudulent e-mail flooding the Internet claims to have a link to an E-Card from a family member, friend or neighbor and uses major greeting card company names such as Hallmark.

Clicking on the link can download a virus onto your computer that compromises personal data.

If you are unsure if a Hallmark E-Card you receive is real, don't click on a link in the e-mail. Instead use Hallmark's E-Card pickup, which is set up so that you can easily read the card on their website.

Then, delete the email!

Hallmark has set up a page on their website devoted to helping you determine if you've gotten a legitimate E-Card. To see that page, click here. Here's some information from the site.

How to tell if a Hallmark E-Card notification is real:

  • 1. The subject line of legitimate E-Card notifications from Hallmark will say, "A Hallmark E-Card from (name of the sender)" not a generic term like "friend," "neighbor" or "family member.
  • 2. The e-mail notification will come from the sender's e-mail address, not
  • 3. The notification will include a link to the E-Card on as well as a URL that can be pasted into a browser.
  • 4. The URL will begin with followed by characters that identify the individual E-Card. Hover your mouse over the words "click here" in your e-mail. If you do not see the URL above, it is not a legitimate Hallmark E-Card.
  • 5. Hallmark E-Cards are not downloaded and they are not .exe files.
  • 6. In addition, will never require an E-Card recipient to enter a user name or password nor any other personal information to retrieve an E-Card.

E-mail Safety Tips

  • Do not open e-mails from unknown senders.
  • Don't open an e-mail you know to be spam. A code embedded in spam advertises that you opened the e-mail and confirms your address is valid, which in turn can generate more spam.
  • If you receive an attachment that you are not expecting, don't open it, even if it's from someone you know. First read the e-mail, and make sure the attachment is most likely legitimate. If you're still not sure, call or e-mail the sender to confirm, but do not reply to the original e-mail.

Some fraudulent e-mails that appear to be from financial companies (PayPal, banks, credit card companies, etc.) direct the reader to click on a link to verify or confirm account details. Never click these links. Instead, call the company if you are concerned about your account.