12 scams of Christmas: E-cards that contain viruses instead of cheer

Posted at 6:56 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 18:56:53-05

A holiday greeting could be a window into hacking your personal information. E-cards are number 6 on on the Better Business Bureau’s “12 Scams of Christmas” list.

Before opening an e-card, make sure you know it's from. The sender's name should be easily visible.

And while the e-card may look legitimate, it could actually be spyware or spam.

Avoid opening any suspicious emails, especially attachments ending in "exe" that tells your computer to execute a command, which could download a virus.

And be wary of any cards that require you to enter your personal information to open the greeting.

"So, right now, more important than ever before, make sure your computer is also current up-to-date anti-virus, every kind of anti-ware, you know making sure it's getting a good dose, inoculation on your computer and be safe with your cellphone as well," said Angie Barnett, president and CEO of the BBB serving greater Maryland.

If you fall victim to any scams this holiday, you’re encouraged to submit any complaints to the BBB or FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).