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.

Skype Message Scare

On the sixth day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave to me Skype message scams. Lots of people now use Skype to connect with their loved ones during the holiday season, and that makes it an attractive target for criminals. Beware emails about "Skype toolbar for Outlook" or purporting to come from "Skype Security Center." They're seeking to install spyware or other malware to listen to your calls for personal information or even hold your files for ransom.

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