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 SMiSishing

On the eighth day of Christmas, cyber scrooge gave to me holiday SMiSishing. That's a mouthful. It's phishing via text message in which the scammer tries to lure you into revealing information or performing an action you normally wouldn't do by pretending to be a legitimate organization. Think twice if that text message is not from a friend or an organization you've explicitly given permission to text you.

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