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An End to Robocalls?

Posted on 10/2/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe latest weapon in the battle against illegal robocalls is now ready to halt those illegal automated telemarking phone calls at your home… provided your service provider is compatible with the technology it uses. It’s called Nomorobo  – for “no more robo” and it’s free. Launching this week, it’s the brainchild of a software programmer from Long Island who won a contest earlier this year sponsored by Federal Trade Commission and offering $50,000 to the best solution against these annoying automated …

When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyMove over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins. The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web. Roughly one in seven online searches of her name — along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” — landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” …

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 Renewal of Subscription Renewal Scams

Posted on 09/9/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsLike reading home-delivered newspapers and magazines? Pay close attention to invoices that claim to start or renew your subscriptions. In an old scam that has recently been, ahem … renewed, third-party companies are mailing bogus subscription invoices that purport to be “on behalf  of” well-known publishers. Problem is, the firms may not be working with publishers as claimed. Several leading publishers have recently been hit in this scam, which aims to get you to make payments directly to the outside company, not …

Jury Duty Scam Returns… Again

Posted on 09/5/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSome folks make all kinds of claims to get out of jury duty. But don’t believe a phone call claiming you’re about to be arrested for ignoring your civic duty – especially if you never received a jury summons. The jury duty scam is back. In recent weeks, this recurring ruse – first seen in Scam Alert in 2006 – has resurfaced across the U.S., prompting warnings by scores of officials and at least one federal judge. In the latest wave …

Federal Grant for You? It’s Uncle Sham Calling

Posted on 08/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsUncle Sam may have oodles of agencies, but the “Federal Government Grants Department” isn’t among them. Nor does the “Federal Grant Association” exist, despite claims it is awarding free government money to lucky recipients who are randomly telephoned. So beware of callers using these and other official-sounding names to promise thousands in cash for reasons such as paying your taxes on time, being debt-free, needing debt relief, or just being a good citizen or money-spending consumer. The government grant scam …