Archive for October, 2009

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Turn your clocks back Halloween night and you get to sleep in an extra hour and still not be late for church the next morning. The extra time might be useful for trick-or-treaters who walk their legs off going door-to-door Saturday night.

Halloween flashlights can melt, burn

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Halloween flashlights — both mini-lights and full-size flashlights that come with stencils — sold exclusively at Target are being recalled because they can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to users.
Consumers can get a refund at Target. For photos and full details, click here.

Power adaptors, surge protectors pose hazards

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Users of Vaio computers might want to stop using AC adaptors that come with them. The adaptors pose a shock hazard.
Also SurgeMaster surge protectors are being recalled because they can melt and burn.
Both items are being recalled.

Shades, blinds can strangle kids

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Three kinds of window treatments are being recalled because they pose a strangulation hazard to youngsters. About 1 million sets of window treatments are involved in the recalls.
The recalls affect Roman shades sold by Bed, Bath & Beyond and Hanover Direct and roller blinds sold by IKEA.

Scary bank warnings are bogus

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

They might pop up in your e-mail or be quarantined by your computer’s anti-spam or anti-virus software.
Regardless, all those messages that seem to be warning you that your bank might not have adequate federal deposit insurance are bogus.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of the fraudulent e-mails that look like they are being sent from the FDIC.
The subject line of the e-mail states: “check your Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage.” The e-mail tells recipients that, “You have received this message because you are a holder of a FDIC-insured bank account. Recently FDIC has officially named the bank you have opened your account with as a failed bank, thus, taking control of its assets.”
The e-mail then asks recipients to “visit the official FDIC website and perform the following steps to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage.” The link is a fraud, but visitors to it are instructed to “download and open your personal FDIC Insurance File to check your Deposit Insurance Coverage.”
This e-mail and associated Web site are fraudulent. Recipients should consider the intent of this e-mail as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, some of which may be used to gain unauthorized access to on-line banking services or to conduct identity theft.
The FDIC does not issue unsolicited e-mails to consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT follow the link in the fraudulent e-mail.

Coby rechargeable batteries can overheat

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Rechargeable batteries sold with certain Coby multi-media players are being recalled because they can overheat.
Details and product numbers are available by clicking here.

Chenille garb is fire hazard

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Blair is expanding an earlier recall of chenille bathrooms and similar chenille products because the apparel, made in Pakistan, doesn’t meet federal fire-resistance standards. About 138,000 more pieces of clothing are included in the recall. At least nine deaths have been related to the garb.
More details and photos, click here.

MoneyGram pays penalty for role in scams

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

MoneyGram will pay the federal government $18 million to settle charges that its funds-by-wire system was widely used to run lottery or mystery shopper scams.
The feds say the company is culpable because some of its agents knew of or participated in the scams, which bilked consumers out of at least $84 million.
More details may be found by clicking here.

Candleholder pane could be a real pain

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Haunted House screen candleholders made by Yankee Candle Co. are being recalled because a window pane in the screne scene.
Click here for detals.

Bad Boy ORVs are bad boys

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Bad Boy off-road vehicles are being recalled because they can accelerate unexpectedly.
For details and photos, click here.

Handy light switches also are hot

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

About 1.3 million Handy Switch wireless light switches are being recalled because the receiver for the units, which plugs into a wall socket, might overheat and start a fire.
Details may be found by clicking here.

Baby food might be tainted

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Plum Organics of Emeryville, Calif., is recalling some of its apple and carrot portable pouch baby food because of concerns over possible botulism contamination.
The product was sold individually throughout the country at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us stores. The recalled product is sold in 4.22-ounce pouches, with a “best by” date of May 21, 2010, and UPC 890180001221.
The company is concerned that the baby food may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. Consumers should not use these products, even if they appear to be normal, because of the possible health risk.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the baby food, and no other Plum Organics products are affected, the company said in a statement.
More information is available by calling 888-974-3555 or by e-mailing info@plumorganics.com.

Quantum chairs can cause falls

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Quantum Realspace Pro 9000 office chairs made by Raynor are being recalled because of a defect that poses a fall hazard to users.
About 150,000 of the chairs were sold through Office Depot outlets.
Details on the the recall may be found by clicking here.

Texting scam shows up in Monroe area

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Smishing is on the rise and has reared its head in Monroe.
That’s the term given the growing practice of stealing personal and financial data via text messaging on cell phones.
Some members and non-members of the Monroe County Community Credit Union have received fraudulent text messages purporting to be from the credit union concerning an account that they might or might not have.
The message says “This is an automated message from Monroe County Community Credit Union Security Department, regarding your account security. Please call urgently at 877-897-1953.” When the number is called it asks for a credit card number, expiration date, and pin.
Don’t reply to the message, it’s a scam designed to capture your account or other personal information.
MCCCU said it not solicit information from its members in this way. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Call Center at (734) 242-3222.
A similar scam message making the rounds looks like this:

8669425647@ncua.gov() (card blocked) Alert. For more information please call 1-866-942-5647. Thank you.

A recorded message on that now-disconnected number told the victim someone was misusing her credit card number online, and asked her to key the card number for confirmation, so a new one could be sent.
Invoking the “ncua” is an attempt to use the good name of the National Credit Union Administration to provide some credibility to the scam.
But the NCUA also never asks people via a text message to key in their credit card numbers.

For instance, in a case earlier this year, a fraud ring landed $22m of merchandise by using a cell phone industry insider to access users’ account details, which were then used to order extra equipment, which was subsequently sold by the thieves.

Beware bogus swine flu remedies on Web

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Food and Drug Administration has found that the Web is being used to sell bogus products claiming to prevent or cure the swine flu.
They advise consumers to use extreme caution when considering purchasing drug products over the Internet.
To learn what the federal agency found and the dangers involved, click here.