"Lurking behind that offer for a faux Rolex or Louis Vuitton knockoff may be a more sinister transaction that goes well beyond the usual con," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
"In an effort to save time and money by shopping online, frantic consumers may also be inviting criminals onto computers - opening up the possibility of credit card fraud and identity theft."
Sophos have a number of tips for you to follow to avoid joining the ranks of the conned, these include being aware of people selling merchandise via unsolicited email, not being fooled by Xmas e-mails, being alert about the dangers of Phishing scams, and thinking before you click on a URL. These are good tips for all year round, in fact.
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