We occasionally have the opportunity to publish sponsored posts, where we get paid to advertise or publish outgoing links to another website. We try to keep them travel related and have often turned down opportunities that we don't think are suitable to this blog. Some of the opportunities that we turn down are in fact fairly lucrative.
Yesterday's post was what we call a "non promotional sponsored post".
And at first, I turned it down because it was related to an online casino. But they countered with a higher offer, and it was right at the time that I was trying to raise money for our son's CityChase event a week from tomorrow.
So we decided to throw our morals aside, take the money, and turn it into something good.
So as soon as we receive payment, we're going to donate the proceeds to the charity!
And we have you to thank for it. We only get these opportunities because our readership is high enough that there is value to the sponsors who contact us. So although not very many of you directly made a donation, you have now indirectly made a donation...of over $300. So, THANK YOU for being a reader. And I'm sure the kids with autism thank you too.
Yesterday afternoon, I got an email from Amazon.com. And I want to share this with you because I almost got scammed. The email said that the email address associated with our Amazon account, email@example.com had been changed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice how .com looks very similar to .corn. And in some fonts, such as the one Amazon uses to send out their emails, it looks almost identical.
So at first I thought, huh...no different, must be a glitch. And then I looked closer and sure enough it was different!
So I tried to access my account and of course the email address and password had been changed. Then, I went to my Amazon.ca account, and found the exact same thing. Strange!
Fortunately, Amazon customer service is excellent. I called in, and got a real live person who spoke great English. They froze my account, cancelled the $800 order that had been placed, and sent the file to their internet fraud team. This all happened within a half an hour of my receiving the email. Then I had to do the same thing with Amazon.ca because they operate entirely independent of Amazon.com.
This morning, I had another email from Amazon saying that the freeze had been lifted from my account, and I was able to choose another password and things are now back to normal.
So the lesson here is that if you receive an email from Amazon saying that your password has been changed, pay attention even if it looks like the same password. And I never did receive an email from Amazon.ca, so it easily could have been days before anyone noticed if I wasn't the type who checks their account on a regular basis. And of course, I check my Visa account regularly too for any oddball charges. Fortunately, there haven't been any associated with this problem.
Speaking of Amazon, their 20th anniversary is coming up on July 15th and they're promising more deals than Black Friday! One day only, on July 15th and you have to be a Prime member to participate. If you've never been a Prime member, you can get a 30 day free trial and get to the deals that day. The 30 day free trial is totally free...
Amazon.com Prime (One Year Membership) 30 Day Free Trial
And Canadians can do the same thing on Amazon.ca...