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.

Dangerous eCards

On the 11th day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave to me dangerous eCards. Criminals love eCards as a way of delivering spyware or viruses that download the moment you click on the link to view the greeting. Don't click these links unless you recognize the sender. Even then, it probably couldn't hurt to check whether the eCard provider is legitimate before clicking the link.

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