as a person who gets a lot of legit e-cards...here's a reminder that may help you sort the spam/malware generated ones from legit ones.
the legit ones that i've always gotten have said who they are from in the subject line.
in other words it would say "you have received a birthday card from jeri and stuart" as opposed to "you have received a card from a classmate"
also...you can check the url. legit card sites NEVER give you the IP address...they will give you a link to click on, a second link that you can cut and paste, and they might even give you an aol link.
you will not only be addressed by name by the card email alert, but there are also other ways to check a card's validity.
for instance...here are the instructions that americangreetings.com gives its users:
Unfortunately we are currently aware of some malicious activity being channeled through invalid ecard notifications. If you have any doubt as to whether or not your ecard notice is valid and truly from AmericanGreetings.com, you can always follow these simple and safe steps:
1. Physically type in our web address (www.americangreetings.com) into your browser
2. Go to the ecard pickup link at the bottom of the page
3. Enter your specific greeting card code
remember...this is hitting legit card companies pretty hard and while i'm normally an anti-business kind of guy...i feel for them this time and want to help spread the word that there are legit ways to see if your card is valid without clicking on the link.
if you have any questions...check with the card company directly and ignore the links in the email.
i hope i was able to help.
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