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Shopping online during the holidays is very convenient, especially for shoppers who are pressed for time.  Cybercriminals love this time of year as distracted shoppers are easy prey.  Here are a few scams to be aware of:

  1. Holiday eCards - Never open a holiday eCard if you're not sure who it's from.  Instead of a warm holiday greeting, it could be a cyber scammer whose gift comes in the form of viruses, spyware and Trojans.

  2. Free iPad Anyone? - If you’re still waiting for your free iPad, don't hold your breath.  When you fill out the survey to receive your “free gift”, all you’re doing is gifting the cybercrook with your personal details which they'll regift  to other scammers.

  3. Sounds Fishy - Smishing is the SMS version of Phishing where crooks hook you through texts to either call a number or visit a website where they then steal your personal information.  You're also tricked into downloading malware to your phone.

  4. The Hot Ticket - Desperate shoppers eager to score the hottest holiday gifts are easy prey to cybercrooks who set up legitimate looking websites that show the popular gift in stock.  You hand your credit card details over but receive nothing in return.

Be aware this holiday season that many people aren’t thinking about holiday cheer and goodwill to mankind.  Use common sense and visit only trusted, secure sites.  Also, keep your antivirus software up to date and don’t open anything from anyone you don't know.

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