The Grocery Shop for FREE Podcast–Episode 32: Common Christmas Scams and How to Avoid Them!
This week’s Grocery Shop for FREE Podcast is up! This week talk with Robert Siciliano about Common Christmas Scams and How to Avoid Them. You can find out more information about Robert and get a copy of his book from his website, or follow him on FaceBook, Twitter or Linkedin. Robert is also raising funds for Boston Children’s Hospital by running the Boston Marathon and you can donate to this worthy cause here.
Common Christmas Scams
*Scam I: Charity Phishing Scams*
Hackers take advantage of citizens’ generosity by sending e-mails that
appear to be from legitimate charitable organizations.
*Scam II: Fake Invoices from Delivery Services*
Cybercriminals often send fake invoices and delivery notifications
appearing to be from Fed Ex, UPS or the U.S. Customs Service.
*Scam III: Social Networking Scams*
Cybercriminals send authentic-looking “New Friend Request” e-mails from
social networking sites.
*Scam IV: Fake Holiday E-Cards*
Cyber thieves cash in on consumers who send holiday e-cards in an effort to
be environmentally conscious. Worms mask as Hallmark e-cards and more.
*Scam V: “Luxury” Holiday Jewelry*
Scam campaign that leads shoppers to malware-ridden sites offering
“discounted” luxury gifts from brand names.
*Scam VI: Practice Safe Holiday Shopping – Online Identity Theft on the
Researchers predict online holiday sales will increase this year, as more
bargain hunters turn to the Web for deals. While this is the season for
giving, don’t give away your identity. Cybercrooks promote fake gift card
offers and other schemes with the goal of stealing consumers’ money and
information, which is then sold to marketers or used for ID thefts.
*Scam VII: Risky Holiday Searches*
Hackers create fraudulent holiday-related websites for people searching for
a holiday ringtone or wallpaper, Christmas carol lyrics or a festive
*Scam VIII: Job-Related E-mail Scams*
Scammers are preying on desperate job-seekers with the promise of
high-paying jobs and work-from-home moneymaking opportunities.
*Scam IX: Auction Site Fraud*
Buyers should beware of auction deals that appear too good to be true,
because often times these purchases never reach their new owner.
*Scam X: Password Stealing Scams*
Thieves use low-cost tools to uncover a person’s password and send out
malware to record keystrokes, called keylogging.
*Scam XI: E-Mail Banking Scams*
Cybercriminals trick consumers into divulging their bank details by sending
official-looking e-mails from financial institutions.
*Scam XII: Ransomware Scams*
Hackers gain control of people’s computers then act as virtual kidnappers
to hijack computer files and encrypt them, making them unreadable and
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