Another holiday, another round of scammers out to defraud you.
In other words, ‘tis the season to be wary -- especially while shopping online.
In fact, holiday shopping sales are expected to top $602 billion, with online shopping to account for about $60 billion, or roughly 10 percent. Mobile shopping on phones and tablets is expected to make up 16 percent of all online shopping – and growing every year.
To help reduce the odds of a cybercriminal taking the cheer out of your Christmas, security experts McAfee has shared its list of the 12 most common scams to watch for.
1. Not-so-merry Mobile Apps
Official-looking software for holiday shopping, including those that feature celebrity or company endorsements, could be malicious, designed to steal or send out your personal data. Criminals can redirect incoming calls and messages, offering them the chance to bypass two-step authentication systems where the second step involves sending a code to a mobile device.
2. Holiday Mobile SMS Scams