AVG warns of Valentine's Day credit card scams

Aussie lovebirds have been warned about potential online scams ahead of Valentine's Day.

AVG, which provides a range of anti-virus and internet security products in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, noted that cyber-criminals tend to latch on to events like Valentine's Day in order to take advantage of the high spirits of online shoppers.

"With the number of internet users worldwide reaching the two billion mark, the need to keep the people who are out to steal more than your heart is greater than ever – whether you're planning to go online to find a Valentine's Day date, to buy flowers or chocolates for your sweetheart, or open a Valentine's Day e-card from a mysterious secret admirer" said the company.

Setting out a number of tips for ensuring safer online shopping, AVG urged consumers to use known, reputable sites and to be wary of sites that ask for information that is not relevant to a purchase.

The advice, which may interest people looking to compare credit cards and other money products, also included a recommendation to look for a locked padlock or key symbol which shows that a site's server is secure and that information will be encrypted before a purchase.

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