The 12 scams of Christmas According to the Consumeraffairs.com and McAffee
Scam 1. Phony iPad Offers. Consumers are asked to purchase other products and provide their credit card number to get a free iPad. Of course, victims never receive the iPad or the other items, just the headache of reporting a stolen credit card number.
Scam 2. The “Help! I’ve Been Robbed” Scam. This travel scam sends phony distress messages to family and friends requesting that money be wired or transferred so that they can get home.
Scam 3. Fake Gift Cards. Cyber-thieves use social media to promote fake gift card offers with the goal of stealing consumers’ information and money, which is then sold to marketers or used for identity theft.
Scam 4. Holiday Job Offers. People seeking extra cash for gifts are vulnerable to this Twitter scam that offers dangerous links to high-paying, work-at-home jobs that ask for your personal information, such as your email address, home address and Social Security number to apply for the fake job.
Scam 5. Smishing is the latest method of extracting info by cybercrooks. They send phishing SMS texts that appear to come from your bank or an online retailer saying that there is something wrong with your account and you have to call a number to verify your account information.
Scam 6. Suspicious Holiday Rentals. During peak travel times when consumers often look online for affordable holiday rentals, cyberc-thieves post fake holiday rental sites that ask for down payments on properties by credit card or wire transfer.
Scam 7. Recession Scams. Scammers target vulnerable consumers with recession related scams such as pay-in-advance credit schemes.
Scam 8. Grinch-like Greetings. E-cards are a convenient and earth-friendly way to send greetings to friends and family, but cybercriminals load fake versions with links to computer viruses and other malware instead of cheer.
Scam 9. Low Price Traps. Shoppers should be cautious of products offered at prices far below competitors.
Scam 10. Charity Scams. ommon ploys include phone calls and spam e-mails asking you to donate to veterans’ charities, children’s causes and relief funds for the latest catastrophe.
Scam 11. Dangerous Holiday Downloads. Holiday-themed screensavers, jingles and animations are an easy way for scammers to spread viruses and other computer threats especially when links come from an email or an instant message that appears to be from a friend.
Scam 12, Hotel and Airport Wi-fi. During the holidays many people travel and use free wi-fi in places like hotels and airports. This is a tempting time for thieves to hack into these unsecured and unprotected networks hoping to find opportunities for theft.
Welcome to Monday Mayhem.
Today’s meme is called “The annoyances of the season”.
By now many of the happy feelings about the holiday season have turned to annoyances for some of us. Here is your chance to express yourself. Have fun!
1. What annoys you about the holiday music?
When a certain local radio station plays nothing but, between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
2. What annoys you the most about holiday shopping?
It’s 20 degrees outside and the wind is howling (with snow) to cause a windchill of 3.
Tomorrow’s high 14. Not worth shopping.
3. Tell us about someone you know who is annoying you right now.
A certain football team killing the Bears.
4. What is annoying you online this week?
The usual, auto-playing music.
5. Is there something that people say or do this time of year that annoys you?
Pushing things on others, such as bad movies, commercials, ideas and beliefs.
6. What is the most annoying behavior anyone can have this time of year?
Drinking and driving.
7. What is more annoying when you are shopping- screaming kids or people who cut you off in the stores or at the mall? Wow. This is tough. Parents: it just may be that your kid is hungry, tired, has to use or just doesn’t want to be there. Slowpokes: get the fudge over to the right, whether it be in the mall or on the roads.
8. What is the one thing that does not annoy you this holiday season?
Online shopping and getting deals doing it. Also, the UPS man aka, my boyfreind 🙂
Thanks for playing! Have a great week!