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Smartphone Smarts During Trade-In

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe typical cellphone user upgrades every 18 months. Trade-in programs like those recently announced by Apple and Walmart could spark even quicker stampedes for the latest-and-greatest models — with turned-in phones still full of personal data. “Most people consider a smartphone a communications device,” notes Adam Levin, former New Jersey Director of Consumer Affairs and founder of Identity Theft 911, a provider of identity management and breach-response services for businesses. “What many people don’t realize is that it’s a data …

A New Gas Station Gotcha: ‘Sliding’

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs if the price of gasoline isn’t bad enough, there’s a new form of off-the-highway robbery: The theft of valuables from inside your car as you fill your gas tank. Police call it “sliding” and report a recent wave of incidents across the country. Although not an actual scam, it sure feels like one. As you fuel your car — likely watching the ever-increasing tally on the pump —  thieves casually “slide” in from the other side to snatch purses, …