Archive for December, 2009

Tylenol Arthritis Pain pills recalled

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Tylenol Arthritis Pain pills are being recalled nationwide because the 100-count bottles have a strange chemical smell.
Details are available by clicking here.

Faulty utility knives can cut users

Monday, December 28th, 2009

More than 200,000 utility knives sold at Dollar Tree stores are being recalled because the blade can slip, cutting the user.
For details and a photo, click here.

Bogus Web sites fleece auto buyers

Monday, December 28th, 2009

A new online scam that uses Web sites masquerading as legitimate auto dealers is fleecing unsuspecting consumers by tricking them into thinking they are buying a repossessed car.
The Michigan Secretary of State’s office said the sites are offering deals at far below normal market prices, claiming the vehicles were repossessed. Victims have wired money to the operators of the sites on the promise of vehicles being delivered within a week. The autos never are delivered.
“Shopping online can be a convenient way to find good deals, but make sure you know who you’re doing business with, especially with big-ticket items like autos,” said Terri Lynn Land, secretary of state. “If you are unfamiliar with a Web site or an online company, do some extra research to find out if the business is legitimate.
She warned consumers not to buy vehicles from Web sites and because the sites are not affiliated with legitimate Michigan dealerships with those names.
Those who believe they are a victime of consumer fraud may file a complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (877) 765-8388 or by visiting
For problems related to auto dealers, repair facilities and mechanics, call (888) 767-6424 or visit

First National Bank checks are part of scam

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Counterfeit cashier’s checks drawn on First National Bank of Camdenton, Mo. are being used as part of a nationwide sweepstakes scam.
The checks, usually signed by a John Snow, are typically in $5,000 amounts. Consumers who receive such checks in the mail are advised not to try to cash them or they could end up reimbursing the bank for the money received and might be subject to criminal charges.
Details of the First National scam may be found by clicking here.

Scammers pose as Consumers Energy workers

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Consumers Energy is warning that persons posing as utility employees appear to be targeting seniors with a billing scam designed to extract credit card data and other personal financial information from them.
Customers report being contacted by a person claiming to be a Consumers Energy employee offering a special program. The imposter indicates that seniors only need pay a small sum and provide a credit card number to the caller to be enrolled in the program.
Consumers doesn’t offer any special billing program and does not contact customers directly to enroll them in energy bill payment programs.
“Every year, there seems to be a new scam that attempts to victimize customers and targets the most vulnerable audiences, such as seniors,” said Michael J. Williams, Consumers’ corporate security director. “We ask customers for their assistance in reporting and helping to prevent these incidents.
Anyone with information regarding such incidents is asked to contact Consumers’ security office at 1—800-760-3295 or local law enforcement agencies.
The utility also suggests that customers not give out credit card information to anyone for work that has not been requested and if someone calls asking for credit card payments and claims to be from Consumers Energy, do not provide the information. Just hang up.
Customers can verify account status and inquire about billing through the utility’s regular customer service number, 1-800-477-5050.
Consumers provides electric service to southern portions of Monroe County.

Massive recall of roll-up blinds, shades

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Millions of roller shades and blinds made by a variety of manufacturers are being recalled because the cords that control them pose a strangulation hazard to youngsters.
The recall affects:
Newport Energy Solution Roman Shades
Draper roller shades
Jute/Poly roman shades
Paxton roller and roman shades
Deluxe Matchstick roller shades
Lotus & Windoware roll-up blinds
All Strong roll up shades
Walmart roll-up blinds and shades
JCPenney roll-up blinds and roller shades

Anti-virus pop-up ads could be dangerous

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The FBI is warning that some pop-up ads offering anti-virus software might actually infect computers with viruses.
For more information, click here.

CUNA e-mail scam making rounds

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

A rapidly spreading e-mail scam that invokes the name of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the trade group representing all credit unions, is spreading rapidly throughout the region.
The e-mail is being received by both customers of credit unions and those who have no business relationship with credit unions.
It raises questions about the recipient’s account and asks that they click on a link that takes them to a site where they are asked to enter personal financial information in order to verify their account.
The scam has been circulating since at least February, according to CUNA, and in many cases uses an authentic-looking CUNA logo.
Those who receive such e-mails should just delete them. Credit unions do not seek personal financial account information via e-mails to customers.

Feds want to ban credit card robocalls

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Federal regulators are trying to stop a rash of automated “robocalls” that tout ways to cut your credit card interest rates, but actually involve fees to the consumer that can total more than $1,400.
For information on the company’s involved, click here.

Hammocks for babies pose hazard

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

About 24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds — essentially little hammocks for babies — are being recalled because they come with mattresses and pads that might be a suffocation hazard.
For details on the recall, click here.

Candle flame can choke tots

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Evenflo is recalling Exer-Saucer activity centers for tots because a candle flame that’s part of the center can come off, posing a choking hazard.
For more info on the recall, click here.

Slim-Fast drink recalled

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Cans of Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products, in the 11-ounce size, are being recalled because they might be tainted with bacteria.
For more information, click here.

Cat food recall under way

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Does your cat have a thiamine deficiency?
That prospect has been raised by Diamond Pet Food’s recall of its Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat foods because they have the potential to produce thiamine deficiency.
Cats need thiamine, a nutrient, and symptoms of deficiency can include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. Later, neurologic signs can develop, which may include bending the neck toward the floor, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. These ultimately may result in the death of the animal if left untreated.
For more information, click here.

Toxic toy testing planned

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Parents will be able to have toys tested for lead content and other toxins during a toy safety screening event set for noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Flat Rock Public Library.
The testing is being done by The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor in conjunction with State Rep. Deb Kennedy, D-Brownstown. For a flier and more info, click here.

Bogus swine flu e-mails spread cyber virus

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Bogus e-mails using the name of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are circulating that try to get recipients to create a personal “H1N1 Vaccination Profile” on the CDC Web site as part of a state flu vaccination program.
The messages state that anyone who has reached the age of 18 has to have a personal Vaccination Profile on the site. But the message is phony and a link embedded in the e-mail could install a malicious code on the recipient’s computer system. Such messages should be deleted.
For more information, click here.