12 SCAMS of Christmas!

Celebrate safely this season...and avoid the 12 Scams of Chrismas

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Keep the Cheer in Your Holidays

Mobile devices make it easier than ever to shop for gifts, send greetings, and plan travel. But smartphones and tablets also open the door for online scams that can turn holiday joy into holiday pain. Keep yourself safe and aware when you browse, tap, and buy online, so you can stay clear of the 12 scams of the holidays.

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  1. Not-So-Merry Mobile Apps
  2. Holiday Mobile SMS Scams
  3. Hot Holiday Gift Scams
  4. Seasonal Travel Scams
  5. Dangerous E-Seasons Greetings
  6. Deceptive Online Games
  1. Shipping Notifications Shams
  2. Bogus Gift Cards
  3. Holiday SMiShing
  4. Fake Charities
  5. Romance Scams
  6. Phony E-Tailers

Keep Yourself Safe Throughout the Holiday Season

Follow these tips to help keep holiday scammers at bay.

  • Stick to reputable e-commerce sites and look for a trustmark that indicates that the site has been verified as safe by a trusted third-party, like the McAfee SECURE™ trustmark. Also, look for a lock symbol and “https” at the beginning of the URL to see if the site uses encryption to protect your data.
  • Be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true, and always look for signs that an email or website may not be legitimate, such as low resolution images, misspellings, poor grammar, or odd links.
  • Don’t click on any links in messages from people you don’t know, and if you come across a shortened URL, use a URL expander to see where the link is directed to before you click.

With these few, simple steps you can enjoy a safe holiday season.

To learn more about the 12 Scams of Christmas, check out our blog or press release.
To download the 12 Scams of Christmas infographic, click here.

Source: McAfee Labs™