I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Anyone who has gone online knows there's a really simple way to avoid scams that always works: DON'T CLICK ON ANY LINKS. But for some reason people can't seem to help themselves, and the scams keep multiplying. So here are ways to recognize a scam and avoid getting ripped off.
#1.) An email says "URGENT!" When a legitimate business urgently needs your attention, they call you. But scammers make EVERYTHING sound urgent, because they're trying to make you do something without thinking it through. And it usually involves them telling you some kind of account information is being "compromised."
#2.) The sender's email doesn't match the link you're clicking on. This should be a dead giveaway, but a lot of scammers really are that lazy. If you get an email from a gmail.com address, and the link is sending you to a different URL, don't click.
#3.) The link has a sketchy URL of any kind. Anyone can make a phony site LOOK legit, but no one can fake the URL. Look at the web address in the field at the top of the page: It might be off by a single letter, or it might have a zero in place of an "o". Another way to tell is that a legitimate website that asks for personal information will always be encrypted, and the URL will start with "https://" NOT "http://". A phony site often won't, because it costs money to encrypt a site, and scammers are greedy.
#4.) The site has an invalid or expired security certificate. Every modern browser will pop up with a warning when it comes across a site without a valid security certificate. If that kind of site asks you for sensitive information, don't give it.
Find other ways to spot an internet scam here.