It's that time of year ... not only are we bombarded by crazy singing and dancing ads for J C Penneys and every big box store NOT in our town, but scammers are out in full force, sending dozens of emails every day to try and relieve you of your money. Although I'm sure I can find all my Christmas presents in one of the six 99 Cent stores available here, it would be nice to have a REAL store to shop in ... and Walmart does NOT count.
As for the scammers, I can usually see them a mile away ... but when you are awaiting a package from Amazon or the Post Office, they can easily tease you into opening it just to see if it's the real thing. DON'T DO IT!! Instead, go to your actual account and see what it says. Never EVER click on anything inside an email. You will get burned for sure! They are getting smarter and smarter, making their emails look more and more like the REAL thing. Especially the ones that say Confirm Your Email or Confirm Your Account.
I put out this warning because one of my friends happens to work in a bank. His client clicked on a link inside an email and had $20,000 removed from her bank account in a flash. Luckily she contacted him quickly and he was able to restore her money and report the bad guys. Just a warning to be careful ... it only takes ONE click.
Here's my sweet kid with that "I need a snack" look on his face. He's become very adept at communication. I wish he had learned that 13 years ago. After all these years, if he needs to go out, he gets right up in my face and looks at me like this. It's also the same look when he sits by the bar and growls, which means SNACK time. He's pretty smart .. every time I sit down for lunch, he stands under the counter of goodies and growls for a snack too.