Friday, February 10, 2012

Scams To Spoil Your Valentine's Day

Beware Of These Scams Says State Of Florida
The Florida Department of Consumer Services warns to watch out for these internet scams, especially common during holidays like Valentine's Day:

Shopping Scams
Beware of pop-ups and other unsolicited emails that request personal information to "complete your online order" or "finalize your floral delivery." If you have a question about a shopping transaction, it’s best to call the company directly or navigate to their website by typing the URL into a browser. Never use the link provided in the email or pop-up message.

e-Card Scams
Most cards are meant to spread thoughtful sentiments; however, cybercriminals are using this tactic to send "phishing" emails to trick you into divulging your personal information or clicking a link the will infect your computer with a virus. If you don’t know and trust the sender of the email, it’s best to not open it and take the risk.

Social Media / Chat Scams
The "flirt-bot" is a computer simulated chat that tricks users into revealing their personal information on social media or other messaging platforms. This computer program uses flirtation to lure victims to a site that requests a credit card number to "prove" that the person is over 18. Other scams may come in the form of "friends" wanting to connect. If you don’t recognize the person, it’s best to decline any requests.

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