Cyberscamsters target gullible lovers on V-Day

“The surprise e-card from an anonymous sender could give you a lot of heartache as it may be having a hard drive hack that can steal your identity. And that online flower purchase from an unprotected website can cause problems through credit card theft,” says Pavan Duggal, a cyberlaws expert. “An anonymous email may ask about your financial details, usually your credit card number. Needless to say, the information you provide will end up with a scammer who can empty your credit card or bank account in just about no time.”

According to a report by online research company Juxtconsult, there are around 49 million internet users in India. “Malware attacks that occur during special days or festivals employ social engineering tactics that play upon human weaknesses and influence people into falling for scams,” says Vinoo Thomas, Technical Product Manager with the McAfee Labs.

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