Whether you like it or not, whether you’re ready or not, the Christmas machine has arrived—well before Thanksgiving—at least as far as stores and advertisers are concerned. And there’s no question that scammers, identity thieves, and criminal hackers have already begun setting traps for holiday shoppers.
So whether they’re using PCs, Macs, or mobile devices, consumers should be looking out for “The 12 Scams of Christmas”: the dozen most dangerous online scams this holiday season, as revealed by McAfee.
1. Mobile Malware: McAfee cites a 76% increase in malware targeting Android devices in the second quarter of 2011 over the first, making it the most targeted smartphone platform. New malware has recently been found that targets QR codes, digital barcodes that consumers might scan with their smartphones to find good deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
2. Malicious Mobile Applications: These are mobile apps designed to steal information from…