AARP, Inc., formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, is issuing a warning to consumers about Valentine’s Day scams.
The organization says it’s not just hearts that are stolen come the love-filled holiday. Also at risk, is your money, identity, and sensitive computers files thanks to 1-click tricks that infect computers with malware.
In a blog posting, AARP put together a list of some of the biggest scams making the rounds this Valentine’s Day.
Be extra careful of scammers trolling online dating sites. They may try to pull you into what’s called “long-con” scams, which are usually part of an organized crime ring. The criminals create fake identities, lure you in, and after a relationship is formed, they ask for money.
Lookout for e-cards Scammers send these cute cards that can infect your computer with malware, so they can gain remote access to your files and online accounts. Best advice is to not click on embedded links; especially if it is not from someone you know.
Sales Look out for spam that is related to sales that are Valentine’s themed. Links in those offers can also infect your computer with malware. The rule of thumb is to be cautious unless it’s a company that you’ve purchased something from in the past. The safest option is to go to the website directly rather than through a link in your email.
And lastly, be cautious of what your friends send you over social media accounts. Some Valentines Day apps and messages may lead to survey websites that will try to collect your personal information.