The Top 12 Scams of the Holidays 2014

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Safety Tip: Bank Carefully

People are spending more money during the holidays than they do all year. Cyber criminals may try to use this fact to more easily scam consumers.

  • If your bank calls requesting information, hang up and call back through the official main phone number. It's important to talk to your banker through the official number so you know it is legitimate.
  • When withdrawing money, be aware of your surroundings. Check to make sure that you are in a safe place to enter your information. If anything looks amiss, leave.
  • Inspect the ATM for loose wires or machine parts that may have been tampered with. This could indicate hackers trying to fix the machine for their benefit.

The holidays are upon us — children are making their lists, families are pulling out the holiday decorations and hanging their stockings with care, and unfortunately, cyber criminals are trying to steal your presents. McAfee, a part of Intel Security, recently released their "12 Scams of the Holidays" list to help the public protect themselves from online threats. With today's multi-device families, social media platforms and mobile access, it's even more important to take care during this busy time of year.

Holiday spending is expected to rise to over $600 billion this year, with e-commerce sales increasing from 8 to 11 percent this year to more than $105 billion. With four out of five U.S. households with Internet access conducting banking transactions online, being vigilant about safe online behavior this holiday season is more important than ever.

"As consumers shop, bank and share more while on the go, they open themselves up to threats from criminals who want to steal their personal information," said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. "Understanding what to watch out for and how to properly secure their devices gives consumers additional information to protect their digital lives."

To help educate and protect consumers and businesses this holiday season, McAfee has identified 2014's top "12 Scams of the Holidays."

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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