Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and immediately after is the day shoppers everywhere wait for each year – Black Friday. Shoppers will be out in droves and the holiday shopping season will officially be underway.
When the rush to get the perfect gifts for everyone on your list gets into full swing, it becomes a lot easier to become complacent about identity theft. But don't forget: the threat is still very real, and identity thieves are counting on you to be less than vigilant during the holidays. Here are a list of this year's top scams – things you should be on the lookout this season.
1. Mobile malware, which is targeted specifically at smartphones.
2. Malicious phone apps for your smartphone that contain malware.
3. Phony Facebook promotions and contests will abound. Don't click on links or giveaways.
4. Scareware and fake viruses will come your way as windows pop up on your computer screen, telling you that you have a virus.
5. Holiday screensavers – everyone loves them. But if you download one from a questionable source, you could also get some malware.
7. If you have a Mac, be aware that there are new forms of Mac malware out there. Keep your eyes peeled, and don't click on an unsolicited offers.
8. Phishing scams will increase during the holidays, with phony notices from UPS and banks.
9. Online coupon scams will come your way promising free iPads and coupons, but require you to submit your credit card or banking information – don't be fooled.
10. "It" gift scams are what criminals will use to cash in on the hottest gifts of the year.
Here's the best tip you'll get all year: If you get an unsolicited offer, e-mail, text from an unknown source or pop-up window, don't click on anything contained within it. You will very likely regret it.