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The 12 scams of Christmas

Check this list of scams to avoid this season and stay safe online

The 12 scams of Christmas
McAfee has announced its annual “12 Scams of the Holidays” list to educate the public on the most popular ways cybercriminals scam consumers during the holiday season as they surf their digital devices.
The 12 scams of Christmas
1. YOU'VE GOT MAIL: Think twice before clicking links in shipping notification emails, and always verify the shipping company before giving out your personal information.
The 12 scams of Christmas
2. DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING: Beware of deals that are too good to be true as they could steal your personal information and ruin your holiday cheer.
The 12 scams of Christmas
3. CHILLING CHARITIES: 'Tis the season to donate, but be wary of fake charities. Do your research and double check the site URL.
The 12 scams of Christmas
4. BUYER BEWARE: Check your credit card statements to make sure you don't have unwanted charges as a result of a point-of-sale breach.
The 12 scams of Christmas
5. iSCAMS: Today, smartphones act as a phone, but also a credit card, house key, camera and more. Malware can access your device via apps, so do your research and stick to official app stores to download.
The 12 scams of Christmas
6. GETTING CARDED: Avoid the unwanted gift of malware and always verify that e-cards are from someone you know and are from a trustworthy site.
The 12 scams of Christmas
7. HOLIDAY TRAVEL SCAMS: Avoid fake online deal links offering low price airfare or hotel rooms that could be a trap; think before you click.
The 12 scams of Christmas
8. BANK ROBOCALL SCAM: Be suspicious of phone calls from people who claim your computer is infected and request your personal information to fix it.
The 12 scams of Christmas
9. ATM SKIMMING: Need cash in a hurry? Beware of using automated teller machines (ATMs); as a skimmer device designed to steal data off the card may be installed. Look carefully at the ATM and cover the keypad when entering your PIN.
The 12 scams of Christmas
10. YEAR IN REVIEW TRAPS: While a "Year in Review" sounds entertaining to read, clicking on these links could infect your devices.
The 12 scams of Christmas
11. BYO...DEVICE: With the hustle and bustle of the season, smartphones could easily be lost or stolen in the shuffle. Don't leave your smartphone unattended during the hectic holiday season as it could give hackers access to your personal and work information.
The 12 scams of Christmas
12. BAD USB BLUES: Be wary of free USB drives that are often used as giveaways. This method is an easy way for hackers to spread malware.