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McAfee Cautions Netizens Against Dozen Scams this Christmas

Security firm McAfee has compiled a list of 12 online security scams that have been making rounds on the internet this Christmas, 2010, as reported by Internet news on November 17, 2010.

Majority of these scams spread as e-mails tricking innocent people into providing their personal information and money.

These dozen scams of Christmas consist of iPad offer scams, recession scams, low price traps scam, Help! I've Been Robbed" scam, fake gift cards, "Smishing", suspicious holiday rentals, Grinch-like greetings, hotel and airport wi-fi, holiday job offers, dangerous holiday downloads, and charity scams.

Among these iPad offer scams may comprise cybercriminals circulating fake offers to gain users' credit card details, and "Help! I've Been Robbed" scam includes activity like sending of sorrow messages to travelers' friends and family to gain money.

The false gift cards scams, are several prominent online and many establishments have dealt with this scam in 2010. Fundamentally, scammers utilize social networking websites to endorse false gift cards to steal users' login credentials and bank accounts.

Additionally, suspicious holiday rentals scams comes into existence, when cybercriminals post false holiday rental websites requesting for down payments on cabins. Furthermore, Grinch-like greetings scams contain activities where, cybercrooks load bogus versions with links to infections and viruses.

Charity scams contain spam e-mails that requests people to donate for veterans' charities, children's relief funds and other causes. Hotel and airport wi-fi scams include cybercriminals attempting to comprise information from netizens by providing them absolutely free wi-fi access.

Commenting on the matter, security experts stated that, whether these are cybercriminals looking to steal users' information from an unsafe Wi-Fi hotspot or hustlers using misleading e-mail attachments and lucrative offers, there are several scams that people should be aware of and ignore all through the end of 2010.

McAfee has recommended netizens to safeguard their systems and personal data or information from these cyber scams. The security firm has recommended netizens to only trust reputable and established websites, and not to reply to lucrative schemes and offers that come via spam e-mail, text or a casual message. Besides, McAfee has suggested netizens to preview a link's web address prior to actually clicking it, and ensure trusting only wi-fi networks.

Related article: McAfee Alerts Windows about Accessibility Hole in Vista

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