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How Cybercriminals Will Target Emotions this Valentine’s Day

04
Feb
2024
How Cybercriminals Will Target Emotions this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is a time when not only do many often feel particularly vulnerable, but others feel generous and giving. It is the perfect time for cybercriminals and fraudsters to operate.

The Cyber Helpline, a U.K. charity led by volunteers and staff from the cybersecurity industry, has expanded to the USA to support those experiencing cybercrime and online harm. The charity expects a huge increase in online relationship scams this Valentine’s Day. It has reported a 111% increase in romance fraud and a 227% increase in sextortion over the last year, and it believes cybercriminals will target vulnerable and lonely people over the Valentine’s period in the same way.

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