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McAfee warns consumers on 12 scams of Christmas

Hafizah Osman | Dec. 3, 2012
The number of Australians planning to shop online this holiday season is set to be double from 2011 but almost 30 per cent of Australians do not know how to identify a secure shopping site, according to security vendor, McAfee.

Fake charities -- McAfee said this is one of the biggest scams of every holiday season.

Dangerous e-cards--E-Cards are a popular way to send a quick "thank you" or holiday greeting, but some are malicious and may contain spyware or viruses that download onto a computer once a user clicks on the link to view the greeting.

Phony classifieds -- According to McAfee, online classified sites may be a great place to look for holiday gifts and part-time jobs, but phony offers ask for too much personal information or ask to wire funds.

"The first step in ensuring your personal details stay safe and secure at this busy time is to check your security protection -- on your mobile devices as well as your PC," Duca added.


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