Archive for July, 2010

Don’t check your bank deposit coverage

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said a fraudulent e-mail is being circulated that appears to be from the federal agency, advising people to visit a Web site and check on the deposit insurance for their financial institutions.
The e-mails are part of a scam. For details, click here.

Be wary of mortgage reduction scams

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Be wary of so-called “Mortgage Principal Reduction Programs” or other come-ons that promise a reduced mortgage payment in return for a fee paid up-front.
Many of these are foreclosure-rescue scams aimed at people who are “upsidedown” in their mortgage, or owing more than the current value of their property.
There are legitimate mortgage modification programs that recognized financial institutions operate that use the term “mortgage principal reduction,” but fly-by-night operators are almost as plentiful, preying on homeowners in desperate straits.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently warned of one outfit that fraudulently was invoking the OCC name in its promotions. For the OCC alert, click here.

Firehouse jerky has undeclared allergens

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Firehouse beef jerky made by a Macomb, Mich. firm, is being recalled because it contains undeclared allergens.
This doesn’t matter to anyone except those who are allergic to wheat and soy and like Firehouse beef jerky.
For details, click here.

Ozone Action Day declared for Wednesday

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Wednesday will be the first Ozone Action Day of the season in Southeast Michigan due to the continued high heat in the area.
Several days of hot, humid weather, high temperatures, little wind, and little chance of rain have contributed to the high concentrations of ground-level ozone expected tomorrow.
Residents are urged:
Not to refuel, or do so in the evening when weather is cooler and don’t top off the tank.
Cut auto use by car-pooling, using public transit, or walking.
Try not to cut the grass.

Children’s jewelry is hazardous

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Bracelets and rings for children distributed for free at doctors and dentists offices nationwide are being recalled by Smilemakers because they contain toxic levels of cadmium, a metal that can be a health hazard.
For details, click here.

Laptop computers being recalled

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Sony is recalling more than 200,000 laptop VAIO computers because they pose a burn hazard to users.
For details, click here.

That might not be your Facebook friend

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Scammers are continuing to use social networking account such as Facebook to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars, according to the FBI.
Masquerading as the victim, the hacker uses the victim’s account to send a notice to their contacts, claiming they are in immediate need of money due to being robbed of their credit cards, passport, money, and cell phone; leaving them stranded in London or some other location. Some claim they only have a few days to pay their hotel bill and promise to reimburse the money upon their return home. The sense of urgency in the message is designed to convince the recipient to money quickly and without verification.
The FBI says those receiving a similar notice always should verify the information before sending any money.

Phony food inspectors making rounds

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Community Health, in cooperation with the Michigan Restaurant Association, are warning the state’s food establishments about a scam involving fake food inspectors who are currently making the rounds in Michigan.
Restaurants are receiving calls from individuals claiming to be from a heath department and requesting to schedule an inspection at the establishment as well as requesting sensitive information. If refused, the scam artist then threatens enforcement action and fines if they don’t schedule an appointment.
“Food safety is paramount to MDA in all aspects of the food chain, including restaurants, and it’s completely unacceptable for anyone to mock our food safety programs by posing as a phony inspector,” said Don Koivisto, MDA Director. “Inspections are unannounced to ensure proper food safety measures are being followed at all times and it’s rare that a state or local inspector would schedule an inspection. Additionally, food establishment owners and managers should never provide confidential information such as a social security number over the phone.”
Here are some tips so you don’t fall victim to this scam:
1. Ask for identification if someone stops by or calls claiming to be from the local health department or MDA that you don’t know.
2. If the individual can not provide proper identification, do not allow the person access to your facility. Contact your food regulatory agency immediately and report it.
3. Don’t provide sensitive or confidential information over the phone such as a social security number. State and local food inspectors would never ask for that information.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your food regulatory agency or MDA. MDA can be reached at 800-292-3939.