Beware of the Valentine that steals more than your heart
Added February 2007
Valentine's Day is here again, but unwary romantics beware ... you could end up losing more than your heart if you fall for a fraud.
Love emails ready to bite
Have you received a surprise email from a secret admirer with a special message of love attached just for you on Valentine's Day? It may be an exciting thought, but be careful! By opening that attachment, you may enable malicious software like spyware or key-loggers to be downloaded onto your computer allowing a scammer to spy on all your computer activity.
Romance in Cyber Land
Looking for that special Valentine online can result in more than just a broken heart if you aren't careful.
At this time of the year, online daters should be cautious. While internet dating sites can be fun, SCAMwatch hears many stories from people who have had their bank accounts drained by cunning overseas scammers.
Dating & romance scams try to lower your defences by appealing to your loving or compassionate side. After the scammer has melted your heart with glamorous photos or small gifts, your money will become the target of the scammer, not your affection. You might be asked to pay for medical treatment for the scammer's sick relative, or maybe you will be asked to pay for airfares to help them to escape their country. The sob stories are endless – don't be fooled.
Protect your heart from toxic love this Valentine's Day
To report a scam – visit the SCAMwatch Report a Scam page or call the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502.
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