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5 Pet Scams You Need to Know

Posted on 06/13/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe dog days of summer go beyond just rising temperatures — at least for pet lovers. Pet scams are also heating up, and here’s what you should know about the most common schemes: Dognapping Born during the economic downturn of recent years, dognapping involves stealing dogs from unattended backyards and cars — and, more commonly, even in the company of their owners. Some are then held for ransom. In one recent well-publicized case, surveillance video captured a dognapping in progress at …

New Twists on 3 Old Tricks

Posted on 02/21/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsOnce again, scammers have developed new twists on some of the most popular frauds of years past. Although the original versions continue — especially preying on those over age 50 — here’s what you should know about some revised rip-offs currently making the rounds. The hostage scam: An offshoot of the notorious Grandparents Scam, it also feigns that a beloved relative is in trouble … and needs quick cash to remedy the situation. But instead of phone calls from scammers posing as grandkids …

Beware: ‘Ransomware’ Is Now Attacking Macs

Posted on 08/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyCybercrooks have upped their game in the common “ransomware” scam, in which your screen displays a bogus FBI message accusing you of watching child pornography or another illegal online activity — and then freezes your computer until a “fine” is paid. Since last year, this scam has primarily targeted PC users. But now, the real FBI warns that the latest targets include Macs running the OSX operating system.  And there are additional campaigns against PCs in which other federal agencies …

Sit Down With Dad for These Great Fathers Day Movies

Posted on 06/15/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFather’s Day cards always show dads fishing, or boating, or hunting ducks. But really, wouldn’t your dad rather sit down with you for a great movie? Here are my choices:                   Field of Dreams (1989) “Hey dad, ya wanna have a catch?” The day those words don’t reduce any American male to a state of blubbering crybabyhood is the day