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15 Feb 2011

Scams for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day here, cyber criminals will be out in full force trying to scam unsuspecting love birds any way they can, according to the Better Business Bureau. | With Valentine’s Day here, cyber criminals will be out in full force trying to scam unsuspecting love birds any way they can, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Online dating sites will be a major target, since millions of users try to find their perfect companion through the internet. Scammers create fake profiles hoping to lure people into sending them money, while others actually meet in person to steal their victim’s valuables.

Phishing scams target people through their email address and redirects them to fake websites or causes them to click on malicious links that infect their computers with viruses. Many of these scams come in the form of electronic greeting cards, pretending to be companies, such as Hallmark, with fake websites. Another phishing scam involves giving credit card and other information in order to view the e-card.

“If you click the phony link in that email and enter your credit card information you could have a real problem once you get your next statement. Even if you think a message like this is real, go directly to the florist's website or call them on the phone,” said the BBB website.

The BBB also offers users a rating system for companies, ensuring people are not trapped by scammers if they are unsure about making a purchase online.