Consumer Connections Newsletter

May 7, 2018

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SCAM WARNING: The Federal Trade Commission Will NEVER Ask You to Send Money

SCAM WARNING: The Federal Trade Commission Will NEVER Ask You to Send Money

Imposters are calling, emailing, texting, and even faxing unsuspecting consumers and pretending to be a representative of the FTC—all in an effort to gain your trust and to steal your hard-earned money!

Online Resources Help Consumers Learn How to Spot and Avoid Imposter Scams

Online Resources Help Consumers Learn How to Spot and Avoid Imposter Scams

If you have a computer or a phone—or both like most of us do—then you've more than likely been contacted by a scammer at some point pretending to be someone they're not.

Mother's Day flowers

Beware of All Those Mother's Day Coupons Popping up in Your Social Media Feeds

With Mother's Day right around the corner, consumers should be on alert for a surge in Mother's Day coupon offers on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Many of these "coupons" are actually scams.

Other News

housing rental scams

Consumer Alert: Housing Rental Scams Are on the Rise Nationwide

With the increasing number of renters on the housing market nationwide, rental scams attempting to mislead and ultimately steal from unsuspecting consumers are on the rise. Know the warning signs!

Thinking about Buying a House? Watch Out for Mortgage Closing Scams

Thinking about Buying a House? Watch Out for Mortgage Closing Scams Targeting Home Buyers

Are you one of the many thinking about buying a house this summer? If so, make sure you don't fall for a mortgage closing scam!Scammers are targeting buyers close to the closing date on their mortgage.

summer sun skin protection

Before You Head Outside, Protect Your Skin From The Sun

Although everyone is aware of skin cancer and the role of sunscreen in helping to prevent it, the details that will save lives are often surprising, even to savvy consumers. Here are the things you need to know!

front door knocker

SCAM ALERT: Distraction Scammers Targeting Unsuspecting Homeowners, Especially the Elderly

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is warning consumers to be on the lookout for suspicious persons at the door. These crooks generally work as a two or three-person team, targeting mostly the elderly.

Product Recalls

Sharper Image and Frigidaire-branded mandoline slicer

Sharper Image and Frigidaire Mandoline Slicers Recalled, Could Cut and Injure Users

Around 19,000 Sharper Image and Frigidaire-branded mandoline slicers are being recalled by their manufacturer. The small blades in the julienne slicer attachment can separate from the plastic assembly.

Honeywell type 1 Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hat

Recalled Honeywell Hard Hats Could Fail to Protect Users from Head Injury

Honeywell has issued a recall for approximately 150,000 hard hats sold in the U.S. and Canada. The affected hard hats can fail to protect users from impact, posing a risk of head injury.

Reduce Hydro Pro water bottle

RECALL: Children's Hydro Pro Water Bottles Violate Lead Paint Standard, Posing Health Risk

Base Brands is recalling 2,000 children's Reduce Hydro Pro water bottles. The pink paint on the outside of the bear water bottle contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead paint standard.

Food and Drug Recalls

tortilla chips

Golden Flake, Good Health, UTZ, and Weis Tortilla Chips Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

UTZ Quality Foods has issued a recall for Golden Flake, Good Health, UTZ, and Weis brand tortilla chips that may contain milk which is not listed on the ingredient label, posing an allergy risk to some people.

Van's Gluten Free Waffles

Van's Gluten Free Waffles Sold in 11 States Pose Allergy Risk to Some Consumers

Van's Foods has initiated a recall affecting approximately 1,584 cases of Van's Gluten Free Waffles. Due to a packaging error, the affected boxes of Van's Gluten Free Waffles may actually contain Belgian Waffles.

Whole Foods microgreens

RECALL: Microgreen Products Sold at Whole Foods May Be Contaminated with Listeria

Greenbelt Greenhouse LTD is recalling all Greenbelt Microgreen products with 'best before' dates ranging from 4/24/18 to 4/30/18 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.

Auto Recalls

Volkswagen VW

Volkswagen Recall Includes More Than 71,000 Passat Vehicles with Defective Air Bags

Volkswagen is recalling around 71,000 model year 2006-2007 Passat sedan and wagon vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the air bag inflator to explode.

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Audi Recalling Nearly 343,000 A4, A5, A6, and Q5 Vehicles Due to Risk of Fire

Close to 343,000 Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 Sedan, Q5, A6, A4 Sedan, and A4 allroad vehicles have been recalled. The electric coolant pump can become blocked with debris, causing it to overheat or short-circuit.

Jeep Wrangler

Chrysler Issues Recall for Jeep Wrangler Vehicles with Potential Seat Defect

Chrysler says that certain model year 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles are being recalled because they may have been manufactured with a potentially serious seat defect. The rear seat could detach during a crash.