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Twelve Christmas Internet Scams To WatchOut For
« on: December 10, 2012, 05:58:53 PM »
Online Christmas shopping is expected to grow 22.4
percent alone this year to as much as $146 billion.
ICTCatalogue.com compiled together, Top 12
christmas scams to watch out for during this
holiday.
Social Media Scams — Scammers use
Twitter and Facebook. Friend’s accounts can
get hacked so watch for fake alerts that install
“holiday deal” apps that steal private data.
Twitter ads can lead to fake websites that
look authentic but then ask for your credit
card information.
Malicious Mobile Apps — An estimated 33
percent of apps ask for more information than they
need such as access to your contacts or location. Be
careful to check reviews on the smartphone’s store
because a malicious app may be designed to steal
your information or even send out premium-rate
text messages without your knowledge.
Travel Scams — Phony travel webpages with
beautiful pictures and rock-bottom prices are used
to get you to hand over your financial details. The
FBI recently warned travelers of a hotel Wi-Fi scam
in which a malicious pop-up ad prompts computer
users to install a popular software product before
connecting to their hotel Wi-Fi.
Holiday Spam/Phishing — Spam emails will take
on holiday themes advertising cheap Rolex watches
and pharmaceuticals. Never click on the included
links.
The New iPad, iPhone 5, And Other Hot
Holiday Gift Scams — Phony ads and contests for
the latest products will install malware or attempt to
steal information.
Skype Message Scare — There is a new Skype
message scam that attempts to infect computers
and even hold your files for ransom. The threat
appears as a Skype instant message with the scam
line “Lol is this your new profile pic?”. If you click on
the included link, a Trojan downloads onto your hard
drive, blasts the dangerous link to all of your
contacts, and can even try to extort money from
some PC users to regain access to their files.
Bogus Gift Cards — Scammers will get you to
“purchase” fraudulent gift cards that will not work.
Holiday SMiShing — “SMiSishing” is phishing via
text message. The scammer tries to lure you into
revealing information or performing an action you
normally wouldn’t do by pretending to be a
legitimate organization. Be wary of text messages
that supposedly come from your bank and want you
to verify personal information or visit a website.
Phony E-tailers – Phony e-commerce sites, that
appear real, try to lure you into typing in your credit
card number and other personal details, often by
promoting great deals. For example, electronics
repair store harborelectronics.net had a copycat
store at harborelectronics.com that stole their credit
cards.
Fake Charities — Scammers will copycat real
charities such as the Red Cross. One man ran a
bogus charity for the “U.S. Navy Veterans
Association” and gathered $2 million from donors
over five years!
Dangerous e-Cards — Most e-cards are safe, but
there are some that will install trojan viruses. Make
sure your family members are actually sending you
e-cards and that the e-card comes from a well
known legitimate source.
Phony Classifieds — Phony offers ask for too much
personal information or ask you to wire funds via
Western Union. If you’re going to purchase an item
or apply for a job, try to do it in person in a public
place. Pay in cash and never agree to pay for an
item before receiving it.
Remember to have some sort of antivirus or
anti-malware installed not only on your
computer but also on your tablet or
smartphone. These tips for discovering
common internet scams should help you
during the holiday shopping season. Merry
Christmas!

SOURCE:- [http://] ictcatalogue.com/top-twelve-12-
christmas-internet-scams-to-watch-out-for
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