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Fighting sweetheart scams

By Alison Nickle, anickle@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 13 2013 10:14:24 PM CST
BRISTOL, Tenn. -

A sweet holiday could hit a sour note if you're not careful.

 

Valentine's Day can be a day of love and romance, but it can also be a day to easily get scammed.

 

In today's technology driven world many people are looking for love online, but in cyber space how do you know what you're really getting.

 

Capt. Maynard Ratcliff of the Bristol, Va. Police Department said, "When you are talking to someone on the internet you never know who it is."

 

Sweetheart scams happen all year round and according to an online identity provider one in ten dating site profiles are fake.

 

“If you don't know them-- you don't know that they are legitimate. Then don't give them any personal information," said Ratcliff.

 

Con artists are using the internet to romance their victims out of their money, but those who already have a valentine can get scammed too.

 

February 14th is one of the busiest days of the year for florists. Watch out though; where you're buying your flowers matters.

 

Martha Groves has owned Misty's Florist for more than 30 years, and the last 20 she has worked with online retailers.

    

She says that often costs you more, and the arrangement you envisioned might get lost in translation, “I would call my florist directly instead of calling a call center that will call out of town."

 

Shopper Johnathon Williams said, "You don't know what you are getting; a scam is a scam and it is all about money."