Scammers get ready for Valentine’s Day

Fake eHarmony invite emails, Valentine’s Day apps doing the rounds

Couples and singles alike are being warned to watch out for the annual Valentine’s Day Internet scams on 14 February.

Some of the scams include fake email invites to join Australian dating website eHarmony and an Android app called Valentine’s Day 2014 Wallpaper which broadcasts user’s locations online and allows access to browsing history.

According to Bitdefender, a Google Play app called Love Letters for Chat, Status has permissions that can modify Google calendar events and send emails without the owner’s knowledge.

In addition, spam emails which offer big online discounts for flowers, chocolate animals, picture frames, wine and gift boxes are circulating.

“Users should not rush into buying gifts over the Internet without a thorough preliminary check,” said a Bitdefender spokeswoman.

“Some data should never be shared even with people you know, let along with those you don’t know. It’s unlikely a stranger is working over the Internet in your best interests.”

She added that the company’s anti-spam lab reported a 10 per cent global increase in Valentine’s Day related scams on 5 February.

“The malicious hype is set to continue and intensify for the next week.”

Google has been contacted for comment about the Google Play app by Techworld Australia.

Follow Hamish Barwick on Twitter: @HamishBarwick

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