We're closing in on Valentine's Day, and singles everywhere are scrambling to find a last-minute date. Where do you turn for potential love connections? Some will ask their friends to set them up with that guy or girl they've had their eye on, and others will end up at the local bar or pub, hoping to spot that special someone.
But if you're thinking about looking online for a date, you might want to think again. According to one fraud protection agency, online dating scams increased by 150% in 2011.
Mashable reports that Iovation analyzed several online dating sites' hardware and software, and found that last year, "3.8% of all transactions it processed for online dating sites were fraudulent." The fake accounts attempt to acquire personal information, redirect users to phishing sites, harass users, and more.
So if you're looking for love online this Valentine's Day, proceed with caution! Otherwise, instead of receiving Valentine's promotional candy from a sweetie, you could end up with a big ol' mess.
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