Even on Valentine’s Day, the fraudster is looking to take those “sweets” right out of your pocket, says Linda Webb,  Fraud Dog and long time fraud expert.

This Valentine’s Day cybercrooks are adapting scams to romance you out of your hard-earned money. The following are some scams that have already been reported:

Shopping Scams
Beware of pop-ups and other unsolicited emails that request personal information to “complete your online order” or “finalize your floral delivery.” If you have a question about a shopping transaction, it’s best to call the company directly or navigate to their website by typing the URL into a browser. Never use the link provided in the email or pop-up message.

e-Card Scams
Most cards are meant to spread thoughtful sentiments; however, cybercriminals are using this tactic to send “phishing” emails to trick you into divulging your personal information or clicking a link the will infect your computer with a virus. If you don’t know and trust the sender of the email, it’s best to not open it and take the risk.

Social Media / Chat Scams
The “flirt-bot” is a computer simulated chat that tricks users into revealing their personal information on social media or other messaging platforms. This computer program uses flirtation to lure victims to a site that requests a credit card number to “prove” that the person is over 18. Other scams may come in the form of “friends” wanting to connect. If you don’t recognize the person, it’s best to decline any requests.

If you are in need of fraud investigation services, contact Contego Services Group today. Under the leadership of Linda Webb, the fraud expert, Contego has the knowledge and expertise to help you resolve your fraud case. Whether it’s mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, workers compensation fraud, or any other type of fraudulent activity, Contego and the Fraud Dog will work together to help you and your company. For more information, call 1-855-WE-SWARM today.

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