AAA of Southern California this week put out a warning for you Valentine's revelers out there, particularly if you're eager to get to know a stranger just in time for the big day Feb. 14.
That stranger could be taking advantage of your desperation:
Triple-A says that as many as 14 percent of identity thieves these days know their victims. And who better to target than someone enamored and willing to open his or her wallet for a night out on the town?
The Auto Club says:
Valentine's Day can be painful for those who have lost their significant other through a breakup, but it's particularly painful when the ex has stolen their ID to boot.
Total burn. John Straser, the Auto Club's financial services program manager, warns:
Unfortunately, this happens more than you would think. Addictions or suddenly bitter feelings can turn someone you think you know into someone who causes you a great deal of financial and bureaucratic pain in addition to emotional hurt.
The organization has these tips for you single ladies and guys out there:
-Only share credit card numbers with your spouse, not with your boyfriend or girlfriend (really, AAA said that).
-Change passwords if a breakup is imminent.
-Lock up your credit card and bank statements.
-Opt out of credit-card-offer mailings.
-Keep your eyes on your purse, wallet, and cardholders.
-Change your computer and account passwords regularly.
And, most importantly, don't date douchebags. (That last one is our
recommendation). Have fun Friday.
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Beware that sexy new suitor. She just might be a man eater. Or, worse, an identity thief.