THIS WEEK'S PRODUCT RECALLS:
2014 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles' drive chain can detach and cause the rider to lose control.
This recall involves two-wheeled 2014 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles with model numbers YZ250FEL, YZ250FEW, YZ450FEL and YZ450FEW. YZ250F or YZ450F and 250 or 450 is printed on the left and right side panels of the motorcycles. The motorcycles are blue and white, or red and white. The VIN number is stamped on the frame at the steering stem. The letter E in the 10th position of the VIN number indicates that the unit was made in the 2014 model year.
2013 Polaris Ranger 500 EFI and Ranger Crew 500 EFI Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles because the throttle cable can fail to operate properly and can cause the rider to lose control and crash.
Ski Doo and Can Am Lithium ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves can overheat and become a fire hazard.
Genie Garage Door Openers due to a fire hazard.
This recall involves Genie, models PowerMax 1200 and 1500, and Genie Pro, models TriloG 1200 and 1500, screw drive garage door openers. The garage openers are gray and have a rating of ¾ HPc for the models ending in 1200 and 1 HPc for the models ending in 1500.
Rowe Furniture Ottomans because young children can become trapped inside the ottoman's storage compartment.
Rollerblade USA Tempest Inline Skates due to a fall hazard.
Scam Alert: Check your credit card statement for $9.84 charges
With this new con, scammers are banking on the fact that many consumers don't check their credit card statements all that carefully. Don't fall for it. Review your recent statements for unexplained charges of $9.84 and contest them with your bank or credit card issuer (call the number on the back of your card).
How the Scam Works:
You spot a recent strange charge of $9.84 on your credit card statement. The source listed on your bill is an unfamiliar website. You check out the web address, and it's not the business website. It's a generic landing page that claims to offer "Customer Support." The text promises to "refund 100% of your last payment" and provides a phone number and email address.
Scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money. (Recent victims were all charged $9.84, but scammers may change that amount as word gets out.) The expectation is that many cardholders won't notice the relatively small charge, and the credit card companies won't go after such a minor sum.
Victims report calling the "customer support" site and receiving verbal confirmation that the charge would be canceled. However, don't take the scammers at their word. Contact your bank to report the charges and request a new credit card. Your card information has been compromised, and it's likely scammers will be back for more.
Reduce Your Risk of Credit Card Fraud:
•Report lost cards and incorrect charges promptly. In the United States and Canada if your credit card is lost, stolen, or used without your permission, you may be responsible for up to $50. If you report the loss before the card is used, you're not responsible for any unauthorized charges. In addition, many cardholders are protected by zero liability policies set in place by credit card companies.
•Request a new card if you notice unauthorized charges. Fraudulent charges mean your card information has been compromised. Be on the safe side and request a new card.
•Never lend your card. And don't leave your cards, statements and receipts laying around your home, car or office.
•Never sign a blank charge slip. Draw lines through blank spaces on charge slips above the total so the amount can't be changed.
•Use caution when ordering online or over the phone. Always be cautious about disclosing your account number on the telephone or online unless you know the person you're dealing with represents a reputable company.
For More Information
Learn more about the credit card charges (and the investigation to track down their source) at Krebs on Security, a blog by former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs. To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper at http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper/
Yahoo Admits Email Accounts Were Compromised
The latest company to fall victim to hackers is Yahoo, who said on Thursday that some of their customers' email account information was stolen in a hack attack. Yahoo said that their security team is on the case and took "immediate action to protect our users." The company said that those who were affected were instructed to change their passwords in email notifications or text messages.
The FDA is issuing a warning about acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, the active ingredient in many over the counter medicines. The FDA says taking more than 325-milligrams of acetaminophen per dose could cause liver damage. It recommends health care professionals to stop giving out prescriptions that contain go over the limit. Most over-the-counter acetaminophen products fall under the 325-milligram limit, and are not a concern.
How Target shoppers can protect their info
Report from nbcnews.com
Target revealed that up to 110 million customers were affected in the credit card data heist from its stores at the end of last year, millions more than previous estimates. And it wasn't just credit card information, including PINs, but also the names, phone numbers, email addresses and physical addresses of up to 110 million shoppers were obtained by thieves. NBC News reached out to security experts to find out what extra precautions Target shoppers should take now that they know thieves have their personal information in addition to their financial information.
•Be wary of email correspondence
“If you see an email that asks you to click a link to a site and provide sensitive information, stop and don't click or provide any data,” said Brian Krebs, who first exposed the Target breach.
•Sign up for identity theft protection
Target is providing all U.S. customers one free year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection, and they will announce the details next week. Go directly to Target's website to set up services. If people set up protection through emails they think are from Target, they are at risk of basically handing over their social security numbers to thieves, which is the last piece of the puzzle they need to steal identities.
•Pay attention to bank and credit card statements
Hackers using credit and debit card information is still a greater risk than identity theft, and the real way to avoid losing money is to monitor statements daily. Even if people set up credit card monitoring, attentiveness is the best defense against fraudulent charges.
•Don’t worry, just act
Consumers should be vigilant but not overly paranoid as a result of this. Everyone, regardless if you were affected by this breach or not, should always invest in credit card monitoring and identity theft protection.
Hackers Linked to Russia
Investigators now say that the cyber attack which stole credit card and personal information from more than 100-million Target customer may be linked to Russia. The highly sophisticated hacking campaign, which contained malware written in Russian, may have also affected other retailers. The Department of Homeland Security is now involved in the investigation of the attack which they believe may be connected to the Russian mob. (Wall Street Journal)
LAWS HAVE CHANGED REGARDING THE RESALE OF DROP-SIDE CRIBS
In December 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission mandated new safety standards be implemented for all cribs sold or manufactured in the United States by June 28, 2011. While stores already are carrying the new products, childcare services, such as daycare centers and in-home providers, have had to replace all noncompliant cribs with the new, safer models. The new standards require strengthening slats, improving mattress support, eliminating drop sides, making hardware stronger and conducting more rigorous testing. The Child Care Resource Center suggests that if you already own a crib to verify with the manufacturer that it meets the new safety standards and check to make sure it has not been recalled by going to www.cspc.gov. The agency also warns against buying previously used cribs, or using hand-me-down cribs.
LAST WEEK'S RECALLS:
Approximately 238,000 cases of Hot Pockets’ Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese because it may have used meat that is part of a massive meat recall. The Hot Pockets in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall.
Fannie May Confections 4-ounce, red heart-shaped gift boxes of assorted chocolates because the box includes one piece of candy that contains peanuts, and the food ingredient label on the box did not state that the product contained peanuts, which could be an allergy concern for those with nut allergies. The boxes were sold in drug stores, grocery stores and gift shops.
90,000 pounds of Arizona Jacks, Desert Star, Southwest Trail, Terrell, and Kettle Creek beef jerky products because of the presence of soy lecithin that is not declared on the label, which could be an allergy concern.
2010-2012 Kawasaki USA Off-Road Motorcycles due to a fuel leak and fire hazard. This recall involves KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles.
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles because of an air bag concern.
2012 Club Car Precedent I2 golf and transport vehicles, because the passenger hip restraint can fracture and fail to hold the rider in place.
Infantino Go Gaga Squeeze & Coco the Monkey Teething Toys sold exclusively at Target, due to reports of infants choking or gagging on the monkey's tail.
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