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4 shopping scams to avoid this holiday season

by Floyd Lawson (2020-01-09)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> The key to staying protected is staying alert. Martin/CNET This story is part of Holiday Survival Guide 2019, featuring tips on the best ways to manage the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, consumers are estimated to spend a staggering $143 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. All that money changing hands means that, now more than ever, cybercriminals will be targeting both you and the online retailers you trust. Some hackers, like those who struck Macy's in October, infect merchants' websites directly with identity-stealing malware. Far more scams, however, try to lure you away from legitimate sellers to malicious sites or apps that often spoof familiar retailers like Amazon, Best Buy or Walmart.

Recent research from RiskIQ lists nearly 1,000 apps using holiday-related terms that the security company deemed malicious, as well as over 6,000 apps infringing on copyrighted names and 수면앤다이어트 slogans from popular retailers to fool you into giving up your credit card number. RiskIQ also identified 65 fraudulent websites posing as popular retailers. 

As always, your best defense against these kinds of schemes, scams, frauds and cons is to arm yourself with the knowledge to sniff them out when you encounter them. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about (not) getting duped this holiday season.