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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Valentine's Day is right around the corner -- and the Better Business Bureau is warning that scam artists are ready to take advantage of that special day to launch scams, according to a news release. Here are some of the Valentine's Day scams the BBB is asking to public to keep an eye out for:
Social Media Scams
Beware of any "free" love giveaways, such as flowers, perfumes, or vacations. These "free" giveaways take consumers to a third-party site, where personal information may be compromised.
Consumers receive an email warning that the gift or flowers ordered are unable to be delivered because of a problem with a credit card. The email has a link that directs consumers to a spoof site where credit card information will be requested to be re-entered.
An email from "a friend," links to an online greeting card, but when a consumer attempts to download the card, malware goes onto a consumer's PC and personal information is compromised. If a consumer receives a Valentine's Day email from someone, unless confirmation is given by the sender, do not follow the link!
If consumers receive an instant message inviting them to become involved in a romantic online chat, think again. The infamous "Flirt-bot" is a great example of an automated chat program that works with instant messaging sites, trying to get victims to share information about themselves, then it takes the victim to a website that requests a credit card number supposedly for proof that the person is over 18. This is a phishing attempt!
Scammers use online dating sites to target singles. This is known as catfishing. The scammer creates a fake profile, reels the victim in, and then asks for personal information or money. If a "match" asks for money to cover travel expenses or has a sudden emergency requiring a lot of money, there is a high probability it is a scam.
Valentine Apps or Games for your Mobile Device
Get them only from trusted application markets, and read the fine print! Do they really need all the requested personal information? And, remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
For more tips, go to www.bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.