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Help Keep the Merry in Christmas by Avoiding These Scams


December 12, 2014

While you’re hurrying about, gathering last-minute presents and wrapping up holiday errands, keep in mind that not everyone is intent on spreading cheer. Unfortunately, even at Christmas, scammers are looking for ways to ruin your day (or week, or month).

In fact, the Better Business Bureau has even named this year’s scams – “The 12 Scams of Christmas”. Here’s the list of scams to watch out for, compiled by McAfee.Help Keep the Merry in Christmas by Avoiding These Scams

  1. You’ve Got Mail! 
  2. Deceptive Advertising 
  3. Chilling Charities 
  4. Buyer Beware 
  5. iScams 
  6. Getting Carded 
  7. Holiday Travel Scams 
  8. Bank Robocall Scam
  9. ATM Skimming
  10. Year in Review Traps
  11. BYO…Device 
  12. Bad USB Blues

Keep yourself safe this season by avoiding offers that seem too good to be true. Also check emails very carefully for errors, poor grammar, etc. These are signs it’s a scam email. Do not click on links in emails from people you don’t know. If you’re offered a free USB drive, be careful. Hackers love these as it gives them an easy way to spread malware.

For even more information on holiday scams, visit McAfee and the Better Business Bureau.