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Beware Valentine's Day scams when buying gifts for your sweetheart

Will you be my Valentine scam? 

This is the time of year that cyber criminals like to play Cupid and you are the object of their affections, according to a security research firm.

Over the past two years, Check Point Research says it has observed them using the word “Valentine” as an arrow in their quiver during the month of February to lure unsuspecting romantics to malicious websites.

In 2018 and 2019, use of “Valentine” on malicious websites jumped more than 200% from previous months in 2019 and 2018, the largest increase throughout the year. 

Turns out cyber criminals are sweet on the word “chocolate,” too. In 2018, they used the word nearly 500% more as bait in February, but their affections for it drooped in 2019, up only 39%.

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