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Daily Q&A: How can I avoid Valentine's Day scams?

There seem to be a growing number of online scams popping up related to Valentine's Day. What tips do you have to help avoid falling prey to con artists this Valentine's season?

There are a variety of scams and problems related to Valentine's Day. McAfee Inc., maker of the anti-virus programs, has issued a warning to consumers about cybercriminals who are targeting Valentine's Day revellers.

Here are some things McAfee says consumers should look out for:

• Valentine's Day Spam and eCards. Look out for spam messages with subject lines such as "The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift" may contain a link to a dangerous website that asks for personal information.

• Online Dating Scams. In a typical scam, the cybercrook will create a fake online dating profile, complete with photos of an attractive 'single.' They reach out to you one-on-one via email, chat, text or phone, trying to establish a relationship and gain your trust. Watch out for The Mail Order Bride scam or the infamous soldier scam when the victim is tricked into parting with funds for military leave so she can meet her 'dream soldier' in person.

• Love Exploits. The "KamaSutra PowerPoint" threat, which arrives via spam. Once downloaded, it stealthily installs malware on your computer.

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Daily Q&A: How can I avoid Valentine's Day scams? 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 5:27pm]
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