Bad romance: Avoiding Valentine's scams

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February 11, 2010, 8:41 am
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(NECN) - Valentine's Day can be a lonely time of year for some people, and scammers take advantage of it.

Bentley Professor Steve Weisman, author of The Truth About Avoiding Scams, explains the best way to steer clear of romance scams.

"Being a fool for love can be very, very costly," Weisman said, then offering some examples.

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The e-card from a secret admirer is generally a scam. The link you end up clicking puts malware onto your computer, which can steal passwords and credit card numbers.

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Some of the worst can be scams offering Russian brides.  One of the most notorious scams is run by Russian organized crime, which gains the trust of the buyer.  Money is then secured to send the bride to the United States with a visa, but she never arrives.

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They are totally bogus, yet the Federal Trade Commission has not gone after this enough.  "The government's dropped the ball," Weisman said.

He said the best way to make sure you are participating in something legitimate is by checking with the FTC.

Tags: scams, Valentine's Day
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