As the primary care-giver for our family for the last 19 years and having grown accustomed to running around, in 4 different directions, sometimes ALL at once, I feel it safe to say that cell phones can come in REAL handy.
Then, one day, I got a text message from my 16 year-old:
Heather: Mommy i got this text...is it legit??? Your entry last month has WON! Goto [link withheld for blog posting purposes] and enter your Winning Code: [see previous set of brackets] to claim your Free $1,000 Giftcard!
Me: Especially, since we did not buy anything at that store...bastards![yes, I really texted that]
Heather: I didn't click it, but are you sure.....
Heather: But, what if I entered something on their site and forgot?
Raising 3 teens and with our youngest kid in double-digits (my baaaaaybeeeee started middle school, today!) you could say we are a family of avid consumers and frequently apply for savings cards.
Name your favorite store and we probably have a savings card for it. We also register online with some of our favorite stores for the chance to win free stuff.
Not for nothing, but parents of teens spend a butt-load of money already.
Me: Sounds like a scam. Texting codes allows them to hack into your stuff. You can always call Best Buy.
Heather: Okay, because that's a loooooot of money.
Me: I know, which is why you should call them to verify.
Aaaaaand, she did.
Heather: I will....ugh, if it's a scam that really sucks.
The customer service representative confirmed the scam: they get tons of calls ALL THE TIME about it.
Aaaaaand, Heather's right, THAT TOTALLY SUCKS!
Heather: Wahwahwaaaaaah. If it's real, I'll cry tears of joy.
Me: Me too, for you!
Because sending bogus texts or trick advertisements...promising our teens and tweens shiny new things, for free...is just all sorts of wrong...DAMMIT!!!
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Either way, please remember to talk to your kids about safe-text(s) and I promise you, you will be REAL glad you did -- like me!
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