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Don't Be a Sucker This Valentine's Day

While you are looking to steal your Valentine's heart this Friday, scammers are looking to steal your money.

Here are some of the biggest scams making the rounds this Valentines Day, according to AARP.

First, be extra careful of scammers while using online dating sites. Scammers may try to pull you into what's called "long–con" scams — usually part of an organized crime ring. The criminals create fake identities, lure you in, and after a relationship is formed, they ask for money.

Look out for e–cards. Scammers send these cute cards that can infect your computer, gaining remote access to your files and online accounts. Don't click on embedded links.

Next, look out for spam that is related to Valentine's themed sales. Links in those offers can also infect your computer with malware.

Watch out while surfing the web. Scammers know you are likely to use a search engine to look for gift ideas for your valentine. Scammers set up bogus websites selling counterfeit goods to get your credit card information.

And finally, be cautious of what your friends send you over your social media accounts. Some Valentine's Day apps and messages may lead you to survey websites that will try to collect your personal information.

Be safe and enjoy the day, scam-free.

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