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Indians Warned Of "12 Scams Of Christmas"

By SiliconIndia  |   Wednesday, 19 December 2012, 03:16 Hrs
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#1 Social media scams: The best place for cybercriminals to catch you off guard is social medias because apparently all are  “friends!” Here are some ways that criminals will use these channels to obtain shopper’s gift money, identity or other personal information:



Facebook: Be careful when clicking or liking posts, while taking advantage of contests, ads and special deals that you get from your “friends” that advertise the hottest Holiday gifts (such as the new iPad Mini), exclusive discounts at local stores, holiday-related jobs postings, and your friends’ accounts being hacked and sending out fake alerts to all their “friends.”



Twitter: Ads and special discounts for popular gifts are especially huge the week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and utilize blind, shortened links, many of which could easily be malicious. Criminals are getting savvier with authentic-looking social ads and deals that take consumers to legitimate looking websites. In order to take advantage of the deals or contests, they ask them for personal information that can obtain a shopper’s credit card number, email address, phone number or home address.



Read: 10 Biggest Ever Social Media Scams



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