In pictures: 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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Social Media Scams

On the first day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave to me social media scams. People are often off-guard when it comes to social media networks like Facebook and Twitter because they're surrounded by "friends." But your friends' accounts could be hacked and sending out fake alerts. Be careful when you click or like posts, enter raffle contests or install apps to receive discounts. Beware fan page deals that you get from your friends that advertise the hottest holiday gifts or Twitter ads and special discounts that use shortened links that could be malicious.

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