The holiday season is upon us, which means wallets are burning holes in pockets around the world faster than a Yule log. The National Retail Federation estimates that retail sales during this festive season could launch to as high as $720.89 billion. And that means millions of people will opt to shop for gifts online rather than having to wait in long lines, fight for parking, and dodge impatient crowds. While you’re compiling wish lists and shopping lists, this is also the time of year many cyber-criminals roll out their best-dressed scams, dampening the holiday spirit for people around the world.

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