5 More Online Security Tips for Valentine’s Day

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A scammer typically contacts a target and strives to project an image of someone who has it all together financially and socially, claiming to be a successful entrepreneur or something similar. Or scammers may claim to be facing adversity, claiming they are widowed, down on their luck, or, like many, simply lonely. This is a strategy that has worked in the past.

Follow these tips to prevent getting scammed:

#1 Unless this person becomes an actual significant other, never give out personal information like passwords, credit card numbers or Social Security numbers.

#2 Know that bad guys lie, a lot. And they will keep up the ruse until they have what they need or until you are in a vulnerable place. Pay attention to their intentions.

#3 Get their name, address, previous address, home phone, cell phone, place of birth, birth date, where they work, license plate and if you can squeeze it out of them, and I kid you not, get their Social Security number and do a background check.

#4 Go online and Google search every bit of information about them you have acquired. You want to know as much about this person as possible. Search name, phone, email and screen name. The goal is to look for truth and lies. If you see inconsistencies, or red flags that can’t be easily explained, run really fast.

#5 Never open attachments from anyone you don’t know well. And if you can avoid it, don’t click on links they send. Scammers will think nothing of sending you a virus to infect your PC and steal your identity.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist toHome Security Source discussingInternet Predators on Fox Boston

Comments (6)

Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Robert, thank you for the security tips as I am sure they will come in handy with all of the threats on the internet today. You must be very careful and take precautions to stay out of harms way.

Feb 13, 2012 08:52 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Robert, are you trying to tell me those sexy Russian women asking for my information don't want to fly over to meet me?  :-)

Feb 13, 2012 10:28 PM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Robert, you are like Scrooge at Christmas. Valentines Day Bah, scammer. 


Feb 13, 2012 11:24 PM
Michael Collins
*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent* - Janesville, WI
CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto

LOL Gabe! She has been calling you too??!!

As always, thanks for the info Robert.

Feb 14, 2012 01:24 AM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Robert - Thank you for these tips.  It's amazing how many people, of all socio-economic and education levels, are scammed by con artists.

Great reading!


Feb 14, 2012 01:27 AM
Robert Siciliano

sexy Russian women....gabe, really, they want you. no scam. And sorry Erv, someones got to be a buzz kill!

Feb 14, 2012 01:32 AM