As we approach Valentine’s Day, Jim Hegerty with the Better Business Bureau in Nebraska says watch your e-mails carefully. He says there are a number of scams out there right now preying on those who have been hit by Cupid’s arrow. He says the first is a phishing e-mail from what appears to be an on-line flower company.
“There might be a snag with their flower delivery and in order to make sure the flowers are delivered on time and the way they were anticipated they need to click onto a link where they are going to be asked their credit card information, security code, all designed to get sensitive information from people.”
Hegerty says they send out these e-mails in mass hoping that they make a hit on someone who actually purchased flowers through the company. He says another big scam right now targets e-cards.
“Really set up to look like Hallmark or American Greeting. If you get one of these e-mails rather than responding to it, pick up the phone and call. Don’t send an e-card through an e-mail that has been sent to you. Log on and visit one of those well known sites.”
Hegerty says catching these scammers is not an easy task.
“They operate using cell phones. They execute these things from coffee shops. They are on the move and not where you can find them. They have a lap top and they are moving.”
Hegerty says another scam targets those looking for love. He says there are people on dating sites that just want your money.
“You might get somebody telling you they are deployed. There is a lot of common interest. Then they let you know they are short on funds, they can’t get home and they would like to come and meet you, could you send some money. You and I may think who would fall for that. The bottom line is there are a lot of vulnerable people out there. A lot of lonely people and we just want to caution them that never ever wire money to someone to try to get them to come and visit you.”