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7 Scrooge-worthy scams for the holidays

(Joan Goodchild, NetworkWorld) All crooks want for Christmas is to steal your money and sensitive information. Security experts give tips on avoiding scams.

The 2-week mark before Christmas is when things start to ramp up out of control. Spammers and malware authors focus on when the attention is going to be there. And you don't need to be shopping online to get caught in one of their traps. Even checking out email or spending time on Facebook and Twitter has its risks for the unaware. Here are seven holiday humbugs to avoid:
1. "Free iPad giveaway!"
2. Fake gift cards
3. Stripped gift cards
4. "You're preapproved for this credit card!"
5. Bad e-cards
6. Bad links to holiday sales, job offers, etc.
7. Fake charities

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