7 On Your Side: Bogus E-Cards

An example of a legitimate E-card from Hallmark.
An example of a legitimate E-card from Hallmark.

A 7 On Your Side warning for you now - a virus may be in your e-mail inbox now, disguised as an e-card from a friend, just in time for Father's Day.

KLTV 7 News' Courtney Lane investigates the e-mail that may look legit, but with one click, your computer could be flooded with viruses.

E-cards are becoming more popular and are fun to receive, but open them with caution.

Using a credible company name, one attacker is sending a dangerous virus straight to your inbox.

"They usually infect the PC and either manipulate or damage it."

It's disguised as a Hallmark E-card from a friend and it looks okay, but by hovering your mouse over the link, you'll see it's really a different address.

Hallmark is warning customers that it will launch a type of Trojan virus. The attackers can then gain access to your computer.

"Possibly get into a bank account, or charge card account, or department store account and manipulate that for their own personal gain."

David Pickens, with Computerland Network Technologies, says keeping a virus scanning program updated will help, because there are new threats every day.

"Now they have things they call a blended threat, where you're looking at spyware, and I've seen reports of spyware. One in six is attempting to steal confidential information."

As for this latest E-card fraud, Hallmark says legitimate e-mails will say the name of the sender and not just a generic "friend."

Also, real ones will send you an e-mail notification from that sender's address and NOT Hallmark.com.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com