Romance! Chocolates! Oversized novelty teddy bears!
We won't be covering any of those, but we will take a look at some of the romance-themed scams currently in circulation as Valentine's Day draws near.
1) Rogue Valentine's Day URL Malware
Here's a page located at
which claims to offer up a DivX Plug-in so a visitor can play what appears to be a Facebook video. This is a form of scam which has been seen before, though perhaps not with a Valentine's themed URL hosting the scam.
YouSexyJPEG-fb.com IamSexyJPEG-facebook.com IamNiceJPG-facebook.com MeLolBMP-facebook.com YouFunnyBMP-fb.com MeNakedPIC-fb.com
Assuming the malware is run when connected to the Internet, it will send various pieces of information about the compromised system back to the scammers via a .php page on a website, and will open up an image of a lady in a nightclub, unaware that a particularly....amorous...encounter is photobombing the living daylights out of the photograph behind her.
Users of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will find that we detect this as Trojan.Agent. The VirusTotal score is 27 / 50.
2) The Valentine's Day Search Engine
Despite the URL - valentinesearch4u(dot)in - this one has very little to do with Valentines, or indeed searching as per the rather large warning in the middle of the page:
There's currently a bit of a rush on free content offered up right now - cards, templates, games, you name it and someone has probably just started posting about it.
Unfortunately, there's a fair few scams out there. Here's a couple of YouTube efforts in circulation. Valentine's Day E-Card:15 / 50.
4) TV and Mansions
Here's a curious tactic which we've seen a few examples of: an event listed on Facebook which is advertising "The Fosters Season 1", with the location given as The Playboy Mansion.
Take a rain check and tell them you're washing your hair.
5) Facebook App Scams
There's a number of apps spamming links to Adfly URLs (which generate affiliate payouts per click) and various forms of attempted spam on Facebook. Some redirect through Blogspot blogs and others use Tumblr as their redirect launchpad. Here's a few currently in circulation, along with the messages spammed out. This one is an email notification for a post made to a Facebook group:
There we have it, then - a complete lack of romance, melted chocolates and a teddy bear missing at least one plastic eye and a fair few stitches in the "How horribly scammed was I" department.
We'll see more Valentine's Day scams on the march as the 14th hits tomorrow, so please be careful where you click and keep in mind that not everybody out there takes your online well-being to heart.