Stay Safe While Sharing the Love!

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Exchanging Valentine’s Day cards and gifts is a fun tradition. However, sometimes it makes us more vulnerable to online exploitation as well.

Any holiday can be an opportune time for receiving emails that attempt to trick you into buying a non-existent product or visiting a malicious website.

Therefore, staying safe online requires exercising extra caution when opening emails from unknown sources, clicking on special messages from a secret admirer or falling for unbelievable offers.

Protecting ourselves from negative outside influences is a positive act, and just takes a little awareness and knowledge.

The information below comes from the Trend Micro Anti-Virus Consumer Newsletter I receive periodically. I thought these alerts could be useful and wanted to share them with you.

Prevent falling for fake Valentine’s Day messages by awareness of the following scams:

E-cards. Everyone likes to receive thoughtful cards, especially if we think it may be from someone we love. So when a Valentines e-card appears in your in box, scammers are betting that you’ll click on it. But if you are directed to a Valentines card site that asks you to update your Flash player or perform some other operation, don’t do it! Chances are you’ll be installing a virus or Trojan horse on your computer rather than updating a necessary program. Here’s a rule to remember when it comes to e-cards: If the email message does not tell you who sent the e-card, don’t open it.

Flowers, Jewelry, Chocolates. The most popular Valentine’s Day gifts are also popular subject lines for spammers offering amazing deals for online buyers. So when you see offers for long-stemmed roses, gold bracelets, or handmade chocolates, take a step back and consider if the deal seems too good to be true. We recommend purchasing these items from one of the well-known brands or a local shop, rather than risking your money and personal information.

Your Delivery Is Being Held. This email message informs you that a delivery to your address is being held and includes a link that directs you to a website. Once you arrive at the site, it requests that you verify your credit card or some other piece of personal information before the delivery can be released. If you happen to be waiting for a delivery, as many people are around Valentine’s Day, you may consider providing the information. Remember: never provide personal information online unless you are certain you are on a trusted site. When in doubt, call the seller before providing any information.

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Stay safe and have a Happy Valentine’s Day this week!

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18 thoughts on “Stay Safe While Sharing the Love!

  1. Now this is interesting, thank you for sharing! I thought that these messages go on spam but I guess spammers make their way to scam you in your inbox.

  2. Thanks so much, Cathie. I’ve actually never heard of “Your Delivery Is Being Held” before – what a scam! It really annoys me how people can get away with this. They really are the scum of the earth…

    • Good hearing from you Dianne! Hopefully, this scam information will not ‘take away’ from all the legitimate notifications, and fun of gift giving and receiving this Valentine’s Day! 🙂 At the same time, if we are spared from acting on a scam, then that is a positive ‘gift’ of security and protection!

      • I got a call from the bank one day saying some information of mine had been stolen and they needed to ask me a few questions. I told them I was too busy and hung up. I then called my bank and asked them about it and they said they had never called me and my information was safe. I can’t believe the lengths people go to to steal you’re money! It worries me greatly because my parents-in-law are both elderly and sick and I’ve intercepted a few phone calls recently when I’ve seen them reach for their credit card information while talking to some scammer. But I can’t watch them 24/7 😦
        I’m going to talk to them about the ‘Delivery’ one because they buy online and I’m sure they’d fall for this quite easily – it’s a nightmare…

      • Thanks for sharing your experiences Dianne. I’m sure it can benefit others who might get similar calls from banks and those with elderly loved ones as well. Those calls and others like it, are an unfortunate reality. So glad there are organizations that look for threats, like the ‘delivery’ one, to help reduce the incidents of theft.

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