Beware 12 Scams of Christmas

Online schemes take advantage of the holiday spirit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2009 3:12 PM CST
Online scammers will be out in force over the holiday season.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The holiday season brings out the best in online scammers. CNET runs down common schemes to beware of, courtesy of McAfee:

  • Fake delivery invoices: They look like legit emails from UPS, Federal Express, and the like, asking for address confirmation and credit card info to ensure delivery.
  • Holiday e-cards: Make sure you know the site before opening. This is a great way to get malware and all manners of unwanted advertising.
  • Charity phishing: Again, appearances are deceiving, even if the email looks like it's from a real charity.

  • Fake friend requests: If these come by email, steer clear. Best to friend someone directly on Facebook or whatever service you're using.
  • Christmas carols: Or at least, searching for them. Scammers create fake sites to lure people looking for holiday music or related media.
  • Luxury jewelry offers: Follow that wise old adage: If it's too good to be true, it probably is. Even if the site sports a real-looking Better Business Bureau logo.
For the full list, click here.