Watch out for the 12 Scams of Christmas this holiday season

The holidays are a time when many of us think about connecting with old friends, traveling to be with family and shopping until we’re blue in the face.

But all the busyness of the holiday season also makes it the perfect time for cybercriminals to prey on their unsuspecting victims online.

To help combat the perils of Christmas criminals, cyber security experts McAfee Inc. has released its annual list of the ‘12 Scams of the Holidays,’ highlighting some of the ways internet users are open to fraudsters and hackers that can take advantage of you.

1. Hotel “wrong transaction” malware emails

2. Mystery shopper scams

3. “I’m away from home” scams

4. Phony Facebook promotions and contests

5. Scareware, or fake antivirus software

6. Malicious content and websites

7. Malicious mobile apps

8. Mac malware

9. Zombie infections

10. Holiday phishing scams

11. Online coupon scams

12. “It” gift scams

What are some of your tips for staying safe online this holiday season, Yahoo! readers?

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2 Responses to Watch out for the 12 Scams of Christmas this holiday season

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