Archive for January, 2009

Toledo bank checks used in shopper scam

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Phony cashier’s checks drawn on Waterford Bank of Toledo, Ohio, are being used as part of a mystery shopper scam letter.
The checks are being mailed with letters from Shoppers Challenge Inc. in amounts of about $4,998, notifying the recipient that they have been selected to be part of the company’s mystery-shopping crew.
Instructions are for the recipient to cash the check and wire part of the money to a third party. But the checks are bogus.
Details may be found here.

Blue cheese products subject to recall

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Some blue cheese products imported from England are being recalled due to potential contamination.
Details and a list of products may be found here.

Time to use those Circuit City gift cards

Friday, January 30th, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, bankrupt Circuit City has started store-closing sales.
That MIGHT mean good deals on merchandise.
But it won’t be a good deal if your caught holding one of their gift cards.
Redeem it now, before all bets are off and the doors are locked.

Two Ford hybrids eligible for top tax credit

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Ford Motor Co.’s 2010 hybrids — the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan — will qualify this year for the $3,400 federal tax credit, the highest credit amount ever offered for hybrids purchased or placed in service after Dec. 31, 2005.
The Fusion hybrid’s is rated 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which tops the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway. Taken together, Fusion’s fuel savings and tax incentive can help offset the higher initial purchase price compared to a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

These aromatherapy kits are da bomb

Friday, January 30th, 2009

More than a half-million Spa Factory aromatherapy kits are being recalled because they can explode, spraying glass and citric acid into the air.
More info and a photo may be found here.
Ironically, they are call bath bombs/balls or bath fizzies.
The kits were sold at Walmart, Target and other stores nationwide.

Ice-cleat inspectors slip up

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Stabi/icer ice cleats sold through LL Bean stores are being recalled because the harness on the cleats can break, causing the user to fall. Check out details here.
Does that mean the chances of falling are less if you don’t use them?

Builder sets, necklaces exceed lead levels

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Two more products aimed at youngsters are being recalled due to high lead-content levels. They are:
Toy construction sets
Skull-and-crossbones necklaces

State posts peanut butter product info

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has posted a “Michigan-specific” list of products affected by the nationwide recall of tainted peanut butter.
The list and links to other information may be found here.

Uncle Eddie can make you sick

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

More peanut buttery goods are being recalled. This time its Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies.

Super Bowl generates super scams

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett is reporting that con artists are using a Super Bowl scam letter to fleece unsuspecting football fans.
“The scam letter, which implies that the contest is affiliated with the NFL and VISA, informs consumers that they have won a prize of $100,000 and two tickets to the Super Bowl,” Corbett said. “The letter also includes a check for several thousand dollars that consumers are supposed to use to pay the taxes for their prize – wire transferring the money to a ‘claim agent’ who will verify their winnings.”
Corbett said the criminals, mainly based in Canada or overseas, have been using these types of sweepstakes notifications to lure consumers into cashing counterfeit checks and wire-transferring money for several months.
“The lure of a large cash prize, combined with tickets to the Super Bowl, may be too much of a temptation for some consumers,” Corbett said. “Unfortunately, consumers who try to claim their prize by sending money to these scam artists will quickly learn that there is no $100,000 jackpot, there are no Super Bowl tickets, and the check they were given to pay the taxes will eventually be returned as counterfeit or forged.”
Corbett also encouraged fans considering a trip to Florida for the game to shop carefully for their travel packages or tickets.
“In the past, our office has heard from consumers who fell victim to phony travel agents and ticket sellers,” Corbett said. “In several cases, consumers learned at the gate that their tickets were counterfeit and they were denied entry. In other cases, fans purchased hotel rooms that were inconveniently located. Still others told our office that they were quoted a certain amount on a Super Bowl package and were charged additional fees for services that they thought were included.”

Warming gloves could fry hands

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Primovolta is recalling pairs of its warming gloves because circuitry in the battery-powered heated gloves could short out and burn the user. Details are here.

Bank might reissue debit, credit cards

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

As a precautionary measure, Monroe Bank & Trust said it will reissue certain debit and credit cards to customers due to the reported data breach at Heartland Payment Systems. The bank will inform customers by letter of its intent to reissue their cards.i

ETHEX, Ther-Rx expand drug recalls

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

ETHEX Corp. and Ther-Rx Corp. are expanding the recall of certain pharmaceuticals because dozens of their products might be of greater dosage than the labels indicate, which could create health problems for users.

California Prime Pet products recalled

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Carolina Prime Pet is recalling a number of dog treats because some might contain peanut butter paste contaminated with salmonella.
Details are here.

Venom product could harm users

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Venom Hyperdrive, a nutritional supplement, has been found to contain significant amounts of a prescription drug that might cause heart problems in some people. The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to take it.