The holiday season is the prime time for fraudsters looking to take advantage of distracted, frenzied shoppers. Consumers are worried about protecting their data because of the spike in hack attacks, phishing schemes and scams. Despite the festivities and spirit of giving, it is becoming more difficult for consumers to avoid the bad guys in a dangerous digital world.
Don’t let Cyber Grinches steal your cash and holiday cheer. To keep you cyber safe for the holidays, we’ll be counting down the twelve most popular scams to watch out for this season.
Consumers like to get into the spirit of the season and donate to their favorite charity. Consumers need to beware of fake charities that may call or send letters dialing for dollars.
Tip: Research the charity before donating by going to sites like charitynavigator.com or the Better Business Bureau. If you want to contribute, go to the official website or call the organization directly.
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