Warned vs Valentine’s spam and malware

Computer users were warned Tuesday against so-called Valentine’s Day spam, unsolicited emails bringing Valentine-themed offers designed to fleece shoppers. Security firm Sophos noted an increase in the number of emails inviting recipients to buy supposed “romantic” gifts at this time of year. “But it’s not just spam, in previous years we’ve reported on Valentine Facebook scams, SMS scams and malicious ecards targeting the romantics among us. Remember to always be suspicious of unsolicited emails carrying links and attachments,” it said. It advised computer users not to get swept away in the moment and click on links in the spam messages, lest they leave something “nasty” on one’s computer. “(D)on’t get swept away in the moment and click on something you shouldn’t, or you might be left with something nasty long after the love has gone,” it said. Sophos said that while it is traditional to do this with a special romantic gift, it is not advisable to heed the offers of emails that advertise items that include adult sex toys, including a fleshlight. Other offers claim to take years off one’s face with a one-of-a-kind makeover. “Of course you shouldn’t click on any of these links unless you want to line the pockets of the bad guys,” it said. — RSJ, GMA News
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