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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

5 End of the Year Scams You and Your Family Need to Avoid

As the year comes to a close, you need to be on the lookout for scams. Even though holiday shopping and charitable giving is winding down, cyber criminals are busy looking for opportunities to strike and steal your personal information and money. At the end of the year, scammers start bringing out their old standbys for year’s end because people still respond to them. You and your family need to know what steps to take to ensure you don’t fall for end-of-year scams. Here are some of the most common tricks used. Read on so you and your loved ones can be ready:

1. End of Year Upgrade. This scam involves an phishing email informing you that your software is about to expire, and you need to renew it for a fee. The scammers will try to scare you and tell you that your email account will be closed by Microsoft or something similar.