Ronald Austin

The holiday season is a festive time filled with gatherings, gifting, and decorating with family and friends. As the calendar turns to December, the last thing people are thinking about is internet spammers and scammers who can prey on their email and bank accounts.

According to statistics from Google, the holidays are the exact time when scammers ramp up their activity. In the last two weeks alone, the internet company that runs the popular Gmail service has blocked over 231 billion spam and phishing messages, which is more than 10% higher than the average volume.