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This reader has got their number

Dear Heloise: The answering machine and caller ID are great inventions. I was surprised to get several calls from my own phone number, and one call even used my name as it appears in our local directory. How stupid do the scammers think I am? If someone calls and doesn’t say anything on the answering machine and I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer the call. — Dee in Churubusco, Ind.

You’re smart to not call them back. Once scammers have your phone number locked in, they can use it to place calls all over the world. I once had a call, on my caller ID, from the number of a friend who had been dead three years! — Heloise

Hints

Dear Heloise: Here are a couple of worthy hints:

1. For my baby granddaughter, I mash a banana and put it in the freezer for a while. She loves it.

2. To remove the glue behind a price sticker, cover with mayonnaise, leave for a few minutes and then wipe off. — Martha K., Abilene, Texas

Wedding dress

Dear Heloise: One of the most expensive items at a wedding is the dress. Some pay thousands. I never thought I’d buy a secondhand dress, but I found one that was $200 and had been from a designer collection. It was beautiful and fit like a dream. — Gracie in Texas

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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