12 scams of Christmas and how to avoid them

'Tis the season for online scams. Here are 12 of the most dangerous scams you're likely to see this holiday season.

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Phony E-Tailers

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On the ninth day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave me phony ecommerce sites. These sites try to lure you into sharing your credit card number and other personal details by promoting great deals. Of course, you'll never receive the merchandise and your information will be stolen. As a bare minimum, if you visit an ecommerce site, make sure the browser address bar lights up green (indicating that it's been strictly validated with an Extended Validation Certificate) and look for a trust seal near the bottom of the page.

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