Mail Scams, Product Recalls spot Consumer Six Report


Wednesday, July 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Unclaimed Property

A postcard, offering help finding unclaimed money, has been popping up in Tulsa-area mailboxes.
A company called National Assets Recovery charges customers $14.98 to help them claim lost money. The postcard lists a Corpus Christi, Texas return address.

The Better Business Bureau says it’s received more than 7,000 complaints about the company. The BBB also says it’s not necessary to pay for money-finding services. Simply call the State Treasurer’s office and ask for the Bureau of Unclaimed Property at 405-521-3191.


Online Bargain Hunters

Traditionally, bargain hunters have avoided shopping on-line. That trend may be changing.

Many thrifty shoppers are finding out about Amazing-Bargains.com.

It’s a website geared toward saving you money.

The site lists all the bargains by category and tells users where to find them.

Currently there are more than 500 products listed on the site.


Recalls

Baby Anbesol Teething Rings- The rings are sold in the shape of a rabbit. 475,000 are being recalled because the ring can fit into an infants mouth and cause choking. Call Whitehall-Robins Healthcare for return information at 1-800-525-2607.

Nascar Pull’N Go Hot Wheels- These toy cars are found inside Kellogg’s cereal boxes. The cars have Kellogg’s written on the hood. The tire can detach from the cars and pose a choking hazard. Call Kellogg’s for more information at 1-800-962-0037.

Elmo Nitelight- Reports say faceplates can potentially break off, creating a possible shock scenario. Customers can call First Years at, 1-800-533-6708.

Bike Helmets- Two companies are recalling potentially defective bicycle helmets. Rand International is recalling the "LA Cruisin'" helmets. They can be reached at 1-800-338-7677. Cycle Express, Inc. is recalling "Hearts and Flowers" helmets. They can be reached at 1-877-714-6117.

Neither sets of road gear have caused an injury or death, but both companies are voluntarily recalling the items after preforming poorly in gopernment tests.