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Netflix, iTunes email scams targeting bank account info, reports say

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 4:48 PM

New Netflix, iTunes Email Scams are Targeting Bank Account Info

A new email scam is targeting Netflix and iTunes users in order to obtain access to their bank account info, according to multiple reports.

The Guardian reported that, according to a reader letter to its consumer division, an email that appears to be from Netflix warns users that their Netflix accounts are on hold.

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“A link in the email takes users to a fake Netflix page, where you are invited to input your bank details. It is realistic and will no doubt catch out a few people whose bank card has just expired,” a user said in a Tuesday letter to the publication.

WGN also reported about the phishing scam stateside, saying that customers are told that their payment details need to be updated because of a billing error, the Monday report said.

The email may ask for updated bank information to be emailed, and in other cases, it may link to a fake website requesting bank information.

similar scam was reported in January.

Similarly, WFLA reported that the iTunes scam claims someone is making unauthorized purchases from the user’s account and requests login information to correct it. That way, the user’s Apple ID and password are stored on the scammer’s database.

Like any phishing scam, consumers are warned not to click on any links in the email.

Another Netflix email phishing scam is making the rounds.(JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the Netflix help center website, the company will never ask for personal information to be sent over email, including credit and debit card numbers and passwords.

“Netflix may email you to update this information with a link to our website, but be cautious of fake emails that may link to phishing websites. If you’re unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over the link to see where it directs in which you can see the real linked web address at the bottom of most browsers,” the website reads.

Suspicious emails can be reported to Netflix by forwarding them to phishing@netflix.com and deleting the email. The message and header information should be included in the forwarded email. More information on reporting suspicious emails to the company are at the Netflix website.

Apple says users who suspect a phishing attempt can forward the suspeicous email, including header information, to reportphishing@apple.com. 

“If you believe that your Apple account (Apple ID) has been compromised, by phishing or otherwise, please sign in to the Apple ID page to change your password immediately,” the Apple support site reads.

More information is at the Apple Support site.

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Amazon Prime: What holiday shoppers need to know

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Amazon

While Amazon is not doing drone deliveries as part of the package just yet, Amazon Prime is an alluring online service for shoppers. It's tough to compare it to other companies, because who else offers a single package that includes free shipping, videos, music, Kindle reading and photo storage?

Still, the multitude of features and perks doesn't mean the yearly outlay will pay off for every shopper. Here's a quick-hit list of the benefits of investing in a Prime account, along with areas to consider carefully if you’re thinking of joining Prime.

Cost: For $99 a year, consumers receive free two-day shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and book-borrowing privileges from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library for $99 a year. Those who only shop heavily a few months a year might want to consider the same benefits for $10.99 a month, which adds about $32 to the annual price if you keep it for 12 months.

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 Cost-benefit ratio: If you typically have a total order required for free standard shipping from Amazon, or constantly need (or want) items within two days, the savings in shipping and time-opportunity cost can quickly offset your investment. A free trial membership available through the Amazon website will also give you an idea of how many of the items you need or like that qualify for Prime and how often you might use the service. Just be careful to cancel the membership after the free trial period if you don’t want it, since a credit card is required.
 
More Amazon Prime shipping benefits: To truly maximize the shipping benefits of a Prime membership, you must live in one of the more than 7,000 cities and towns that receive free same-day or one-day shipping on more than a million qualifying items (and orders over $35). To see if you qualify, check out your zip code on the Amazon website.

Tapping those shipping benefits is a matter of looking for the Prime FREE Same-Day or Prime FREE One-Day logo when you're shopping on the site, or using that filter in search. At check-out, make sure to choose the same-day or one-day option.

You also have to order in the morning, typically before noon, to receive items by 9 p.m. that day or order in the afternoon for qualified free one-day shipping to arrive the next day by 9 p.m.

Prime Early Access: Bargain hunters and those who genuinely enjoy online shopping will revel in the Amazon Prime member benefit of a 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com.
 
Sharing benefits with household members: If you're a happy shopping family, Prime membership costs can be divided. Prime members can allow others adults in their Amazon Household to share Prime benefits at no extra cost by linking their regular Amazon account to the Household service and agreeing to share payments. Shared benefits include shipping, video, vault for photo storage, other digital benefits and exclusive offers.
 
More must-know facts about Amazon Prime benefits and features:

  • Large items sold or fulfilled by Amazon don't qualify for free two-day shipping though large item shipping is still free.
  • If you're expecting the two-day delivery on time, you must carefully note both the order cut-off time on each item's detail page and the proper shipping selection at checkout.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are not considered business days in calculating free two-day shipping for Prime. The shipping methods apply to business days only, not weekends or holidays.
  • Orders that cost more than $1,300 may require a signature for delivery.
 
This Christmas: An Amazon Prime membership makes a great gift for a family or couple just getting started with establishing a household, or who could really use the entertainment options along with the speedy shipping.

To purchase other gifts for guaranteed Christmas delivery from Amazon via Prime, be aware that gift orders on Amazon.com must be completed online by Dec. 18 to be shipped with free standard shipping and by Dec. 22 for the free Prime two-day shipping. The select cities that offer free one-day shipping for Prime orders require orders complete by 9:30 a.m. local time on Dec. 24.
 
Oh, and about those drones. Amazon does have a separate Prime Air delivery service in the works. It would deliver packages up to five pounds in under 30 minutes using small drones. As of Dec. 7, 2017, Amazon said it would start offering Prime Air as an option "when and where we have the regulatory support needed to safely realize our vision. We’re excited about this technology and one day using it to deliver packages to customers around the world."

McDonald’s dollar menu replacement is coming to restaurants in 2018

Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

New Value-Priced Menu Coming To McDonald's

After upsetting a number of consumers with the end of its dollar menu in 2014, McDonald’s is offering a value-priced replacement next year.

Bloomberg reported that McDonald’s announced on Oct. 24 that  it will have a new line up of $1, $2 and $3 items on a value menu in 2018.

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“We know that customers motivated primarily by value and deals come more often and spend more,” McDonald’s Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook said in a call with analysts, according to Fox Business.

“We weren’t as competitive as we needed to be on value,” McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski said.

Money Magazine reported that the restaurants old dollar menu wasn’t popular with franchise owners, who said it affected profit margins. The new menu appears to be a happy medium.

A $1 sausage burrito, a $2 bacon McDouble and a $3 Happy Meal are among the new items on the menu, The Associated Press reported.

The $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu will be a permanent part of the McDonald’s menu Jan. 4.

McDonald's is bringing back menu items for a dollar next year.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Kroger recalls bottled water for babies after mold complaints

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 3:56 AM

VIDEO: Kroger Recalls Baby Bottled Water After Mold Complaints

The Kroger Co. is recalling bottled water for infants after customers complained they found mold in the product.

According to a news release on the Food and Drug Administration website, the recall is for 1-gallon bottles of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water With Fluoride Added with sell-by dates from April 26, 2018, to Oct. 10, 2018. The bottles are labeled with UPC code 0 41260 37597 2, plant code 51-4140 and the text "DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202."

Kroger said the product tested positive for Talaromyces penicillium, which can spark allergic reactions.

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"Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash," the release said. "Allergic reactions to molds are common and can happen immediately after touching or inhaling mold spores, or later. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are also allergic to mold. Molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs, even in people who aren’t allergic to them."

Babies with HIV or immune-compromising conditions are particularly at risk, the release said.

The water was distributed to Kroger stores – including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C Food Plus, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen’s, Payless Super Market and Ruler – in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, the release said. The company has told stores to remove the recalled bottles from their shelves.

If you bought the bottled water, you can return it to the store for a refund, the release said. Do not drink it.

For more information, read the release on the FDA website or call 1-888-SAFEFOOD from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Ikea reissues dresser recall after 8th child fatality

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, with two Ikea dressers displayed at right, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Ikea is relaunching a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of a seventh child attributed to one of the dressers tipping over. Ikea CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign, first announced in June 2016, for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, with two Ikea dressers displayed at right, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Ikea is relaunching a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of a seventh child attributed to one of the dressers tipping over. Ikea CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign, first announced in June 2016, for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File/AP)

Those who own an Ikea Malm dresser should immediately stop using it if it isn't anchored to the wall, Ikea officials said Tuesday.

The recalled chests and dressers pose a serious tip-over and entrapment danger that has killed eight children so far, according to a news release. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted about the re-announced recall Tuesday.

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Consumers can contact Ikea for a refund or a free wall-anchoring kit. Ikea will pick up the recalled dresser for free, or will provide a free in-come wall-anchoring service. 

Due to another child dying because of the dresser, Ikea is re-issuing the recall

So far, Ikea has received 186 reports of “tip-over” incidents involving the chests and dressers, 91 of which injured children. About 17.3 million units have been made.

Related: IKEA recalls millions of drawers after third child is killed

There have been eight reports of children dying due to the chest and dressers tipping over, the most recent one being a 2-year-old boy in California who was trapped under an unanchored MALM three-drawer dressed that tipped over.

A list of recalled chest and dresser models can be found at Ikea.com. For more information, customers can contact Ikea at Ikea-USA.com/secureitkits or by calling 888-966-4532.