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A Twist on Mother's Day E-Cards

Don't know what to get Mom for Mother's Day? Well the Federal Trade Commission has an idea: a special electronic greeting card with "something she can really from the FTC on keeping her personal information secure."

This is the second year the agency is offering the card, which comes with soft, sweet piano music, fluttery butterflies and greeting-card poetry before getting to the tips: Protect your Social Security number, read your bills and bank statements, exercise doubt and report fraud.

The e-card is part of an agency effort to both enlighten consumers and have fun. The FTC has also developed a bunch of online games providing safety tips about Internet auctions, spyware, identity theft and other topics, some of which I've written about before.

Meanwhile, if you want to plan ahead-for Father's Day--don't overlook the agency's e-card for Dad, this one warning about phishing.

The message is also available in Spanish for mom and dad.

P.S. As a mom myself, I'll also offer this advice: You may want to give your mom more than just this e-card. (Girls, are you listening? Flowers or chocolate will be just fine!)

By  |  May 10, 2006; 6:00 AM ET Consumer Tips
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Posted by: Emily | May 10, 2006 9:03 AM

Well, I sure hope those Irish immigrants are remembering their moms this weekend. Because otherwise that comment would be completely irrelevant! And we can't have that!

Posted by: h3 | May 10, 2006 1:02 PM

My mother and grandmother have already issued stern warnings about e-cards for any event: "Be glad I wasn't too lazy to force someone out of my vagina!"

Posted by: bigolpoofter | May 10, 2006 1:24 PM

If my Father's Day gift is an e-card about phishing, my kids are going to be phishing for a new dad.

Posted by: Justin | May 10, 2006 3:53 PM

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