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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Holiday SMiSishing

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On the eighth day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave to me holiday SMiSishing. That's a mouthful. It's phishing via text message in which the scammer tries to lure you into revealing information or performing an action you normally wouldn't do by pretending to be a legitimate organization. Think twice if that text message is not from a friend or an organization you've explicitly given permission to text you.

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