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Beware of imposters out there who want to entice you into opening dangerous links. (Source: MGN) Beware of imposters out there who want to entice you into opening dangerous links. (Source: MGN)

It's definitely fun to get letters, e-cards, and email messages from friends and loved ones for Valentine's Day, but beware. There are imposters out there who want to entice you into opening a link that could draw you to a website that could infect your computer with spyware or a virus.

Michelle Mason of the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama said, "If the message is from a specific person and you know that person, then most likely that's going to be valid, but if it's a generic message that says a family member, a loved one, or a friend has sent it you want to stay clear."

Valentine's Day is also another huge shopping day. A lot of people order flowers, candies, and other gifts online. The same rules apply as with any other holiday shopping: take care to only shop on sites you are familiar with and that you have checked out.

"You might find some great deals," Mason continued, "but you aren't going to have a great deal if you are dealing with a company that has had a lot of complaints and doesn't take care of their customers."

The last thing you want is to be left with a sour taste on the sweetest day of the year.

"What may sound like a great deal may not be a great deal if they don't honor the pricing, or the delivery, and you certainly don't want to disappoint your loved one if they don't get that special surprise you are trying to give to them."

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