BBB warns of Valentine's Day scams

Published: Feb. 12, 2017 at 9:54 PM CST
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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Whether it’s on a nice dinner out, chocolate, or flowers Americans are expected to spend more than $20 billion this year on Valentine’s Day gifts. The Better Business Bureau wants to make sure we're not paying more than necessary by sending our money to scammers instead.

The group says watch out for people using online dating sites. Many times thieves will build a victim's trust then rip them off.

Also, the BBB says beware of any free love giveaways like flowers, perfumes, or vacations. Those giveaways can take us to a third party site where personal information is compromised.

Finally, watch out for phishing scams like emails saying a gift or flower order can't be delivered because of a problem with a credit card. It will make you re-enter your information and steal it.