- FTC Stops Debt Collector’s Alleged “Debt Parking” Scheme, Requires it to Delete Debts it Placed on Consumers’ Credit Reports
Agency complaint alleges company collected millions in fake debts by placing bogus information on consumer credit reports The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against a debt collection […]
- FTC Approves Administrative Complaint Against Supplement Marketer Health Research Laboratories, LLC
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a Part 3 administrative complaint against dietary supplement marketer Health Research Laboratories, LLC (HRL), its owner and officer Kramer Duhon, and Whole […]
- Student Loan Debt Relief Scammer Brandon Frere Agrees to Settle FTC Charges
Student loan debt relief scammer Brandon Frere and his companies, including Ameritech Financial, have entered into an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges they misled […]
- FTC Alleges Mobile Banking App Misled Users About Access to Their Funds, Failed to Deliver on Promised High Interest Rates
The Federal Trade Commission sued the operators of a mobile banking app, alleging that they falsely promised users high interest rates on their accounts and “24/7” access to their funds.In a […]
- FTC Warns Frank Financial Aid to Stop Potentially Misleading Marketing Directed to Students Seeking Coronavirus Financial Relief
The Federal Trade Commission has sent a warning letter to a company that markets financial aid prep assistance to post-secondary students, notifying the company that it could potentially be […]
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- Scammers are enticing victims with deals on video game consoles
The BBB warns that people who order one soon find that its game over By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs November 30, 2020 If you spent Black Friday searching in vain for one of the new video game consoles, you may have discovered they are in short supply. Sonys Playstation 5 and the new Xbox series are hot tickets, thanks to so many families spending more time at home during the pandemic. So if you find that someone contacts you out of the blue and offers to sell one -- at a discount no less […]
- U.S. consumers experience sharp uptick in robocalls after an early pandemic lull
The South continues to be a favorite destination for telemarketing and scam calls By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs November 11, 2020 Americas enjoyment of a robocall decline might be coming to an end. While the U.S. is on pace to enjoy 58 billion fewer robocalls in 2020 than 2019, the monthly trends are going the other way. The number of robocalls placed nationally bottomed out in April but has steadily regained some strength, and now theyre not that far removed from the numbers in late […]
- Justice Department charges 60 people in alleged 20-year telemarketing scam
The case is the largest elder abuse prosecution in history By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs October 29, 2020 The U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Minnesota has filed charges against 60 defendants, charging them with operating a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme that targeted elderly consumers. Authorities say the alleged scam revolved around magazine sales and netted the operators an estimated $300 million. The defendants were indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire […]
- Paying to delete stolen data doesn’t always work out for the victim, new study suggests
Experts say consumers should do their homework on what was stolen and talk with a privacy attorney first By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs November 5, 2020 Municipalities, companies, and even hospitals have to make tough decisions when they are targeted with a ransomware scheme. Do they pay up to get the stolen data deleted, or do they just accept the loss and try to improve their security so it doesnt happen again? While hackers will often try to blackmail the victim by threatening to […]
- Small business owners report email scam related to Google and Facebook ad accounts
The BBB advises consumers to practice five simple rules to keep themselves protected By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs November 4, 2020 Con artists are once again on the prowl and trying to find a hole in Facebook and Googles new ad policies. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports that there has been an uptick in fake email messages sent to business owners in an attempt to gain access to restricted information. There are several red flags that people should look out for. Most are your […]
Recalls and Safety Alerts
- Zero recalls model year 2020 SR/F and SR/S motorcycles
Water may enter the front brake switch By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs November 30, 2020 Zero Motorcycles is recalling 659 model year 2020 SR/F and SR/S motorcycles. The front brake switch can fail from water getting into the switch. An inoperable front brake switch will not illuminate the brake light when the rider applies the front brakes. Following vehicles may not realize the motorcycle is braking, and cruise control will not shut off with the application of the front brakes. Both conditions increase the risk of a crash. What to do Zero will notify owners, and dealers will the replace the front brake switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2020. Owners may contact Zero customer service at (888) 841-8085. Zero's number for this recall is SV-ZMC-021-020.
- Whole Foods recalls popcorn chicken
The product may contain shrimp, an allergen not declared on the label By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs November 30, 2020 Whole Foods Market is recalling packaged popcorn chicken with sweet chili sauce from 26 stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada. The product may contain shrimp, an not listed on the label due to mislabeling. One illness has been reported to date. The recalled product, sold in plastic containers in the prepared foods department, was labeled as Popcorn Chicken Shaker with Sweet Chili with sell by dates through November 27, 2020, with PLU number 81789 on the scale label near the UPC. It was sold at the following Whole Foods Market stores: 777 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126 731 East Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 1146 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95118 1710 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010 2001 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 390 Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 270 Palladio Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630 1765 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109 230 Bay Place, Oakland, CA 94612 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940 1150 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112 774 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301 621 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA 94952 1001 Galleria Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678 1010 Park Pl, San Mateo, CA 94403 340 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901 100 Sunset Dr, San Ramon, CA 94583 2732 Augustine Dr Ste 1600, Santa Clara, CA 95054 911 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 1181 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 201 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476 3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014 150 E McKinley Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 1333 E. Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 6139 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502 What to do Customers who purchased the recalled product should bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call (844) 936-8255 from 7:00 a.m. -- 10:00 p.m. (CST) Monday through Friday, or 8:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Triple E recalls Wonder motorhomes
The electronic control center circuit board may short By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs November 30, 2020 Triple E Recreational Vehicles is recalling 143 model year 2019-2020 Wonder W24FTB, W24RTB and W24MB motorhomes. The Multiplex G9 electronic control center can fail if excessive voltage is applied. Excessive voltage can cause overheating, increasing the risk of a fire. What to do Triple E will notify owners, and dealers will install a protection module on the G9 system free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2020. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at (800) 447-0343. Triple E's number for this recall is CA#9830-1.
- Sunbeam recalls Crock Multi-Cookers
The lid may suddenly detach while the product is in use By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs November 25, 2020 Sunbeam Products of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 933,000 Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers sold in the U.S. and Canada. The recalled cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked. This can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks from hot food and liquids. The firm has received 119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns. This recall involves Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers, Model Number SCCPPC600-V1, which is shown on label on bottom of unit. The multi-cookers were manufactured between July 1, 2017 and October 1, 2018, with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. The date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the electrical plug and on the bottom of the base. The cookers, manufactured in China, were sold at Walmart, Target and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon and other online retailers from July 2017, through November 2020, for between $70 to $100. What to do Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Crock-Pot in pressure cooker mode, but may continue to use for slow cooking and sauting. Consumers should contact Crock-Pot immediately to obtain a free replacement lid. Consumers who continue using the multi-cooker in pressure cooker mode while waiting for the replacement lid should be certain the lid is securely turned to the fully locked position by aligning the arrow on the lid with the lock symbol on the base. Consumers may contact Crock-Pot at (800) 323-9519 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at recall.crockpot.com for more information.
- Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls organic romaine hearts
The products may be contaminated with E. coli By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs November 25, 2020 Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts. The products may be contaminated with E. coli. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are: Dole Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk (UPC 0-71430-90061-1), combined English/French packaging, with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20, and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2), with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20. They were sold in Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota and Virginia. What to do Customers who purchased the recalled products should not consume them, but discard them Consumers with questions call the Dole consumer center at (800) 356-3111, 24 hours a day.