The most popular holiday online scams — and how to avoid them

Although cyber-fraud occurs throughout the year, the situation escalates during the holiday season. Among other ways of protecting oneself, Damon McCoy, associate professor of computer science and engineering, recommends paying solely with credit cards: “If you’ve been scammed, call your credit-card company, who will investigate and reverse fraudulent charges… and don’t sit on gift cards for too long, use them.”