The top fraud risks that credit card holders are expected to face this festive season has been identified by Internet security specialist McAfee.
Scams Included in 12 “Scams of Christmas”
The scams that are included in the “12 Scams of Christmas” are the criminals that would capture personal data from customers through social networking sites, Christmas e-cards that may contain viruses and bogus “work from home” schemes.
The scam that is listed on the top involved fraudsters that send their victims ‘phishing’ emails claiming to be from a legitimate charity.
Those who receive these messages are directed to click through to other sites for donating to a worthy cause.
However, these sites are fakes and they just pose to be a legitimate site, and any credit card details that the customers give there for donations are stolen.
Statement by Jeff Green, senior vice-president of McAfee Labs
It has been said by Jeff Green, who is a senior vice-president of McAfee Labs has said that best schemes are used by cybercriminals during such holidays for stealing people’s money, credit card information, social security number and identity. Seasonal trends are followed by these criminals and they create holiday-related websites, scams and other convincing e-mails that can trap even the most cautious users.
Other scams that has been listed by McAfee include fake invoices from couriers claiming that they have been unable to deliver goods and virus-riddled websites by which lyrics are offered to Christmas carols.