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.

Holiday Spam/Phishing

On the fourth day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave to me holiday spam and phishing. Spammers and criminals engaging in phishing seek to tailor their messages to make you more likely to click. Expect to see ads for cheap Rolexes or pharmaceuticals that proclaim them the "perfect gift." The real gift is likely malware, a stolen identity, theft or all three.

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