Safer Shopping Online
With so much shopping going online over the next few weeks, we want to make sure your money is being spent where you expect it – and not part of a fraud or scam. Here are a few pointers to start:
Look for the Lock – Make sure the website you are using is a secure site. They start with ‘https’ (the ‘s’ stand for secure). Check it also has a little locked padlock in the browser bar.
Don’t be hooked by ‘Phishing’ – you may get emails through from sites you regularly use, or even Paypal or your Bank. Check that the email address it comes from is legitimate. I had one from Santander (my Bank) telling me of an ‘unauthorized transaction’ with plenty of links to click to see the problem. However, the email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. Not so likely to be Santander!
Avoid ‘Free’ Wi-fi – Data sent through public wi-fi networks can easily be intercepted. Don’t use them for any financial transactions or password entry.
Log-Out when done – Don’t just close the window once you have finished online, log yourself out first.
Keep Bank Savvy – Regularly check your statements or bank online to make sure you have made all the transactions listed, and they are for the expected amount.
What if Fraud Happens? – Sainsbury’s Money Matters infographic below gives plenty of details on what to do if you (or other’s you know) do lose money due to a scam and how to report it. Keep it handy, and share the link to others to help keep their Christmas a happy one.
Keep your money safe during the festive season.
Festive Finale & Christmas Goodies
Join us or the last Metis Women meeting of the year at Judds Folly, Faversham next Thursday (14th Dec). It would be great to see you all, and a few members will be bringing their wares for gifts and stocking fillers too. Our Festive Feast follows at 1pm (pre-booking required).
Another Christmas Gift Event
Crafts for Christmas – Sunday 10th December. RC Events, Shaping Wellness and Soul Solutions in Faversham are holding a Christmas Fair in support of Demelza House. With a special appearance from Father Christmas, plenty of Stalls to buy your Christmas Gifts and goodies to enjoy, there will be plenty to see.
Ashford-Folkestone – 5th January, Westenhanger Castle – Learn Session: TBC
* Sponsored by Westenhanger Castle, Wedding, Meetings & Conferences
Maidstone-Medway – 12th January, The Centre – Mind Body Sprit, Moto Services, M2 London Bound – Learn Session: TBC
* Sponsored by The Centre – Mind Body Sprit, Workshops, Healing, Therapies
Faversham – 14th December, Judd’s Folly – Learn Session: Caroline Love, The end of the year show!
* Sponsored by Judds Folly, Hotel, Restaurant & Wedding Venue
Meetings run from 9:30 (For networking) – 12:00
Book Now:We are currently not running any meetings, for further details see our facebook page
Have a great weekend
Amanda & The Metis Women Team