Dear Heloise: My friends took a trip to South America. They stayed at several different resorts and visited many parks and other interesting places.
Once they returned back home, they found that their PHONES had been “stolen.” Not the actual phones, but their account!
Someone was able to make changes to the account, adding international features that added large charges onto their bill.
They had to call their cellphone provider and speak to the fraud department to finally get their account back to where it should be. They were able to keep the same cellphone number, but it was quite time-consuming to straighten out the account.
They also found that their credit-card number had been stolen and used to make large purchases. Since they had stayed at several different resorts, it was impossible to determine where or when their information was stolen.
So, I would caution any travelers to be careful when traveling, because there are thieves out there just waiting to steal your information or identity. -- Ruth in Texas
Yikes! It makes one never want to leave home! It’s important to let your cellphone and credit-card companies know that you will be traveling, especially if you’re going out of the country. They can put an alert on your account for unusual activity. -- Heloise
GERM-FREE GYM BAG
Dear Heloise: I try to go to the gym after work, and I use the lockers for my gym bag. With the flu and other sicknesses about, when I bring my gym bag home, I spray it inside and out with a germ-killing spray, especially the bottom, where it sat in the locker. So far, I have been able to avoid getting sick, and that is a good thing! -- M.C. in New York
Dear Heloise: This is in response to the person who wanted everyone to take a stray shopping cart into the store to clear the parking lot. I am amazed at the number of people who are too lazy to take their shopping carts to the corral. They will make a huge effort to anchor it up on a curb, or simply leave it by where their car was.
If you are disabled and can’t return the cart, ask someone to help you take out your groceries. If I see someone who is finishing loading the car as I walk by, I offer to take the cart. -- Karen, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: Your column (Heloise here: about love notes) in our paper brought back good memories. When my brother was in school, my mother always put a note in his lunch bag, usually with just a line saying, “Remember your jacket,” “Finish your corn,” “a good day.” My brother loved these notes. One day she put a note in his lunch bag that read “No note today.” -- Bonnie, via e-mail
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