Valentine's Day is fast approaching and single people need to watch out for the people looking to do more than just break their heart. Your "new love" could steal end up stealing from you.

The BBB warns Rockford consumers to be careful when buy flowers and other gifts online. You may think it's fine to wait until the last minute to look for a good deal but it's not. You could easily be mislead by "petal pushers."

When did "single and ready to mingle" become such a headache?

With the increasing number of people in Rockford using online dating apps and site, it's important to be safe and smart when it comes to who you're connecting with.

Lonely souls are often preyed on and it's not just being catfished, according to Better Business Bureau.

Romance scams/online dating sites  - It begins with the search for that special someone online. The scammer starts by expressing feeling of affection, builds their victims trust, then they quickly move to the rip-off. Never send money to a person you have not met.


Social Media Scams - Beware of any "free" love giveaways such as flowers, perfumes or vacations. The "free" giveaways take consumers to a third party site where personal information can be compromised.


Instant Messaging - If consumers receive an instant message inviting them to become involved in a romantic online chat, think again. The "Flirt-bot" is a great example of an automated chat program that works with an instant messaging site, trying to get victims to share information about themselves, then directs them to a site where they are asked for a credit card to prove the person is over 18.


E-cards - An email from "a friend" links to an online greeting card but when the individual attempts to download the card, malware is installed on their PC allowing the hacker to steal your personal information. If you receive a Valentine's Day e-card, check with the sender before you click on the link.


Phishing - Consumers receive an email warning that the gift or flower orders are unable to be delivered because of a problem with a credit card. The email has a link that directs consumers to a spoof site where they are asked to re-enter their credit card information.

Although these are valid arguements for not celebrating Valentine's Day, wives and girlfriends may disagree. Show some love , my friends.

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