By Jeff Jackson
Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Be Wary of Phishing Scams this Valentine’s Day

Feb 09, 2023

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Valentine’s Day means love is in the air, and criminals are online as millions are lost to scammers yearly during this time. This Valentine’s Day is shaping up to be big, according to projections by the National Retail Federation, which suggests that consumer spending will reach nearly $26 billion.  The FBI is warning people to beware of romance scams, which tend to proliferate at this time of the year as many people log on to find that special someone. “Romance scams can have a devastating impact on hearts as well as bank accounts,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said, “Your true love might be waiting for you on a dating website, or it could be someone who will tell you sweet little lies to get your money. Be alert, ask lots of questions, and know the warning signs of a scam”.

As you prepare to celebrate, beware of a few common scams. Whether you’re hoping to spark a new relationship or buy gifts for loved ones, beware of these scams regularly reported to the BBB.

  1. Impostor websites—From fake jewelry sellers to online dating sites, consumers should always be on the alert. Scammers can easily steal official photos, sale promotions, and logos directly from a websiteSimilar methods may be used to build fake online dating platforms, often used to steal personal data and credit card information.

    Red flags: Products are available at extreme discounts, the seller requests customers pay with cash transfer apps or cryptocurrency, and customer service is unreachable.

  2. Romance scams - Romance scammers often target vulnerable people who have experienced a recent breakup or other hardship. They take advantage of that heartbreak to establish a connection and gain sympathy. Once they’ve gotten their victim on the hook with a sad story, they begin pursuing their true goal–money.  Falling victim to a romance scam can be particularly devastating.  Victims can lose thousands of dollars, and they’re often left feeling heartbroken and betrayed because they believed they’d found a good partner.

    Red flags: The relationship moves very fast, you never meet in person, and they ask for money.

  3. Wrong number scam - Responding to a text message from someone who messaged the wrong number might seem harmless. It might even seem like the polite thing to do if the sender says they’re looking to reconnect with a potential match. The text message, however, is bait to lure you into a conversation. If you keep chatting, the sender eventually tries to get your personal information by directing you to sign up for an adult site.

    Red flags: The messages don’t stop, the sender directs you to sign up for a website, and they try to get your personal information.

  4. Fake florist scam - Ordering flowers for Valentine’s Day? Don’t procrastinate or you may end up falling for a scam.  BBB has received many reports of shoppers who thought they were ordering flowers from an online florist, but either got nothing at all or a disappointing arrangement. 

    Red flags: The business has no reviews or bad reviews, there is no return policy or satisfaction guarantee, and the deal is "too good to be true”.

Phishing attacks nowadays are better looking than ever. Remember to be suspicious about any email received that is not expected, including topics like required payments, offering free funds, and urges you to respond quickly. 

Reach out to NASB if you think your NASB bank accounts have been involved or if the scammer falsely identifies that they represent NASB. For additional info or to report romance scams please visit the following for more information:,, and

We wish you a happy and secure Valentine’s Day!