Scammers never take a break! They use every opportunity to capitalize on their evil deeds, even what should be joyful and fun holidays! Valentine’s Day is no exception. Scammers are well aware of the emotions and expectations and target the lovelorn and couples for theft. Please be aware of the following:
Catfishing: These are scammers that are looking on dating sites to ply you with attention and compliments in order to gain your personal and banking information. If you are involved in online dating, watch out for these signs:
Bogus e-cards: These are fake electronic greeting cards. Scammers count on you not paying attention and simply clicking on the links in the card. You can help avoid pitfalls by:
Fake flowers: Many will want to send their loved ones flowers, candy and other sweet gifts for Valentine’s Day. Beware of fake websites and online stores that exist only to steal your information and will deliver nothing but heartaches. Be aware of the following:
Flirt Bots: Pesky instant messaging pop-ups that invite the user to a romantic online chat. They will try to get the user to reveal information about themselves and then are directed to a different website. In order to prove you are 18, you are asked to enter a credit card number. To keep these pop-ups from happening, heed the following:
The BBB wishes everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day and hopes it is filled with Chocolate and Love!
For more information contact the BBB at 812-473-0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.