It's the holiday season, which means gifts, good cheer, and new opportunities for scam artists to take advantage of us.
A new report says more than ever before, they are targeting us not on our computers, but on our smart phones.
Free Gift Card Scam
"Congratulations, you've won a gift card!" That's the text message many people are getting right on their smart phones.
Sometimes it's a free $1,000 Walmart gift card, sometimes a Best Buy gift card. The latest version this holiday season: a Target gift card. The security firm McAfee warns that bogus gift cards are among the top holiday season scams this year.
Other Christmastime scams can target your tablet or computer:
- Facebook e-greeting cards that contain viruses.
- Ads for iPads at up to 90 percent off, that are really links to penny auction websites, where you won't get an iPad anywhere near that cheap.
- Downloadable Christmas carol lyrics, which can leave your computer infected.
Be very careful responding to texts or messages on your phone you weren't expecting. It's just like the e-mail on your computer, but without the antivirus and security package.
As always, don't waste your money.