Online Security Tips for Valentines’ Day [Video]By Robert Siciliano Feb 10, 2012 | 06:00 pmPosted in: Personal Safety
I’m Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert, here discussing 5 online security tips for Valentine’s Day. Now for some, Valentine’s Day means they might be lonely. Unfortunately, scammers use this raw emotion as leverage on online dating websites and on social media. Now, the key to being safe and secure is to be aware of yourself, your emotions, and the intentions of others who contact you. Don’t be an online dating statistic—follow these tips:
1. Look for red flags, if you are contacted online and they make no reference to you or your name it may be a broadcast scam that’s going out to others.
2. If they immediately start talking about marriage and love and showing immediate affection, run really fast they’re a scammer
3. Anyone asking for money for any reason is a conman. Never under any circumstances wire money, send cash or checks.
4. When communicating with someone online and it seems like it takes days for them to respond, well, they may be married. Tread carefully.
5. When communicating with a potential mate via online dating, or even in the physical world—now this is really important—please do not give up any information to them until you are entirely sure they are a good person. And, that could take weeks, even months.
Stay safe out there
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