This is the time to be more vigilant than usual. McAfee has put out a blog post warning consumers of the twelve most prevalent scams over the Christmas period. https://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/mcafee-twelve-scams-of-christmas
- Mobile Malware
- Malicious Mobile Applications
- Phony Facebook Promotions and Contests
- Scareware or Fake Anti Virus Software
- Holiday Screensavers
- Mac Malware
- Holiday Phishing Scams
- Online Coupon Scams
- Mystery Shopping Scams
- Hotel “Wrong Transaction” Malware Emails.
Please read the article, as it explains each of these dangers in more detail.
The bottom line: Be suspicious of any deal, especially if it is too good to be true. Follow those principles I highlighted previously here – http://blog.powerbiz.net.au/security/how-to-detect-and-deal-with-malicious-email-viruses/
Have a safe and happy holiday period!