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Internet Dating Scams Increase 150%

Lovation, the company that protects reputation of online-businesses, released a report on February 9, 2012 according to which, as Valentine's Day approaches, there has been a 150% rise in scams compared to 2010 through Internet dating sites. Lovation discovered that 3.8% of all messages exchanged on dating websites happened to be fraudulent. Yahoo OMG published this on February 10, 2012.

Vice-President of Operations, Molly O'Hearn at Lovation said that as people moved closer to Valentine's Day, it was important that they remained vigilant about any off the track interaction online. Exactly like within the real world, so also within the virtual world when something appeared excessively true, it might just be nothing at all, O'Hearn analyzed. Yahoo OMG published this.

Lovation also discovered that frauds, which were extremely frequent, involved the use of counterfeit credit cards for setting up multiple accounts, mass junk e-mails sent for touting products, fake data posted on users' profiles, and phishing or phony commercial websites for obtaining personal information.

Further, Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Maria Namestnikova cautioned people this Valentine's Day about e-mails that arrived having appealing contents alternatively spurious offers as bait to trap online lovers, since their origin could be spammers or other unfamiliar sources extravagantly committing hacking attacks for theft of personal data, especially credit card details. The Economic Times reported this on February 13, 2012.

Moreover according to the AV software company, it lately spotted one spam mail, which appeared to arrive from an enterprise suggesting the recipient to purchase one of its gifts to present it to his/her much-loved this Valentine's Day, utilizing certain concession through the GroupOn coupon service. But Maria explained that although it was quite lawful to utilize coupon services for advertising, yet they, being popular, could result in phishing assaults, adding that phishers spoofed names and stole funds from end-users' financial accounts.

Nevertheless, Web-surfers can remain secured this Valentine's Day by being very careful in selecting the dating website; doing some research before using it; becoming acquainted with other visitors on it gradually, through instant messaging or e-mails; as also creating one exclusive e-mail account for such a website, researchers suggest.

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