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The top holiday shopping scams this year — and how to avoid them

It’s holiday shopping time, which means scammers and identity thieves are waiting to snare people eager to find deals or hard-to-find items online. Fortunately for us, there are tried-and-true ways to avoid being taken in by online holiday-shopping scams.

“Scammers use the holiday season to swindle unsuspecting victims through fraudulent emails and other schemes,” Bitdefender’s Alina Bizga warned in a recent company blog post that detailed the rise in shopping-related phishing emails as the holidays approach. “There’s no shortage of fake deals and promotions for keen shoppers to fall for.”

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