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Don’t let scammers spoil your spring vacation

Winter is beginning to fade, and if you’re like me, you’re longing for spring and warm weather. When you’re planning a trip – whether it’s a spring break jaunt or another trip – you may be tempted to sign up an offer that looks like great deal. Unfortunately, scammers sometimes hide behind those offers. All they want is to steal your money. Read more →


After winter storms, watch out scams

Winter is far from over with heavy rains causing extensive damage in California and Nevada this week. At least three people died from fallen tree incidents in northern California on Sunday and more than 200,000 households remained without power Monday night. Dealing with the aftermath of flooding, wind damage, or other storm destruction isn’t easy. Read more →


What’s been your experience ordering items advertised on Facebook?

Over the years, I’ve seen hundreds, maybe even thousands, of ads on Facebook. To me, it doesn’t seem like a very good place to be placing orders. You have no idea about the reputation of the companies. In the spring, I succumbed. I ordered a “jacket” for my sister for her birthday. I also ordered one for me. The ad said orders would be received promptly. Read more →


Top 10 consumer complaints for 2022

It’s not surprising what last year’s top consumer complaint was. I’ve seen it many times as No. 1 on annual consumer complaint lists. It’s auto sales and repair. “Consumers rely on cars to get to work, school, doctors’ appointments and more,” said Erin Witte, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. Read more →


Dried fruit and fruit leathers have detectable levels of pesticides, testing shows

Pesticides were found at detectable levels in dozens of fruit leather strips and dried fruit samples, according to new EWG testing. These two fruit treats are among the most popular kids' snacks. The tests were conducted by an independent laboratory on 37 samples of organic and conventional fruit leather from 10 well-known brands. Read more →


Wireless earphones are being recalled by E-filliate due to burn and fire hazards

E-filliate is recalling about 301,800 wireless earphones that can overheat while charging or in use, posing burn and fire hazards. E-filliate has received 61 reports of the earphones overheating during charging or use, including five reports of fire and four reports of minor burn injuries. Read more →


CFMK surface mount brackets for CPANL LEDs are being recalled by Lithonia Lighting due to impact hazard

Lithonia Lighting is recalling about 318,500 CFMK surface mount brackets used with CPANL LEDs in the United States and about 11,600 in Canada. The brackets can fail to securely surface mount the CPANL LED and fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury from impact. Read more →


Heat detectors are being recalled by Edwards Fire Safety due to failure to alert to a fire

Edwards Fire Safety is recalling about 85,000 Edwards mechanical heat detectors. The recalled heat detectors can fail to activate in reaction to rising temperatures, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire. No incidents or injuries have been reported. Read more →


Be aware of scams if you’re recovering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian

When a natural disaster occurs, scammers are right there, adapting their fraudulent techniques to the latest emergency. If you suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian, or if you’re looking for ways to help those in need, you can get information at ftc.gov/weatheremergencies. Read more →