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February 2022

Bloggers keep plugging on, even traveling, in these mixed up times

“You’re beautiful and gorgeous. You have lovely eyes and sexy lips that are kissable.” That’s what a stranger wrote to me on Instagram. Fortunately, since I write about fraud frequently, I can recognize a potential romance scam. Unfortunately, the FTC reports more consumers are falling prey to romance scammers. Read more →

Automotive pneumatic roller seats are being recalled by Harbor Freight Tools due to fall hazard

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 478,800 Pittsburgh Automotive pneumatic roller seats. The connection from the seat to the seat post can break, posing a fall hazard. Harbor Freight Tools has received 96 reports of the seat weld breaking, including 10 reports of minor injuries. Read more →

Facts and figures for Valentine’s Day 2022

Valentine’s Day shoppers will spend more than $23.9 billion to celebrate the celebrate this year. That makes Valentine’s Day the third most expensive holiday on the calendar for U.S. celebrate. About 36 percent of people expect their Valentine to spend at least $50 on a gift, according to a survey. Read more →

Watch out for romance scams as Valentine’s Day approaches

Americans are expected to lose even more money to romance scams in 2022. With Valentine's Day coming up, scammers are at work now targeting those looking for love. In 2020, reported losses to romance scams reached a record $304 million, up about 50 percent from 2019. For an individual, that meant a median dollar loss of $2,500. Read more →

141,000 ATVs for kids and teens are being recalled due to injury hazard and federal safety standards

Maxtrade is recalling about 141,000 Youth Coolster Mountopz all-terrain vehicles. The ATVs don’t comply with the federal ATV safety standard. The youth ATVs fail to meet the speed limitations for vehicles for kids ages 6, 10, and 12 years and older, or for teenagers, depending on the model. Read more →

Check out these tips on what to buy and not buy in February

Although February doesn’t have the reputation of being a time for the best deals, you can actually find bargains on a variety of items during the month. Sales often occur around the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents’ Day, and may occur at other times. Read more →

New safety standards for crib mattresses approved

A federal safety standard to ensure that new crib mattresses, and mattresses sold for use in play yards and cribs, are safer for babies. Between January 2010 and April 2021, 139 fatalities and 355 injuries related to crib mattresses, occurred, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Read more →