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Watch out for holiday e-mail phishing scams

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  E-mail inboxes seem to be filling up faster around the holidays with shopping receipts, tracking numbers, and holiday wishes from friends and family.  Unfortunately, some computer hackers see the holidays as a time to take advantage of people through e-mail phishing.

Some scammers will send e-mails that look like innocent e-cards, but when you click on the link, your personal information can be stolen or your computer broken into.  Scammers are also sending out e-mails pretending to be shipping companies, offering you a link to track your package. Those links often do the same thing as the fake e-card links.

The Better Business Bureau says to look at the e-mail address that sent the link to make sure it looks legitimate or is from a company you actually ordered from.  If it's a suspicious e-card, call your friend/family to see if they actually sent you one.  The BBB also says to avoid opening e-mail attachments from unfamiliar sources.