McAfee releases its 12 Scams of Christmas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - You may be used to hearing or humming the popular carol, "The 12 Days of Christmas," but how about the "12 Scams of Christmas?"

McAfee just released its list of the 12 most popular scams going right now.

Topping the list, the not-so-merry mobile apps. This is malware disguised as a trusted app that steals your user name, password and account information.  These bogus apps can give cyber criminals the green light to your money.

The hot holiday gift scam involves bogus websites that make it look like you are getting a good deal on the hottest gift. You may be asked to enter a contest. Then, you're tricked into downloading malware and revealing personal information. Be suspect of really low prices or online stores you've never heard of before.

Seasonal travel scams are popping up since lots of people like to travel over the holidays.  Again, be suspect of places that offer really incredible prices on travel.

Cyber criminals work to get your credit card information.  It's best to stick with reputable travel sites.

Be careful not to click on any fake e-season's greetings. These bogus e-cards can contain malware that goes after your personal information.  If you get one, make sure you know who is sending it.  You can also check the address where the card came from to make sure it's legitimate.

Read more of the other popular scams here.

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