Regulators Investigating 13 Hoverboard Companies, Amazon Announces Refunds For Scooter Owners

Regulators Investigating 13 Hoverboard Companies, Amazon Announces Refunds For Scooter Owners

For nearly two months now, federal regulators have been working to get to the bottom of exploding hoverboards. This week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced just which brands of self-balancing scooters they are investigating, while also offering a few safety tips for consumers who might already have one of the devices at home.  [More]

Hoverboard Company Accused Of Putting Counterfeit Safety Marks On Products

Images from UL showing alleged counterfeit mark on a Swagway product.

While U.S. officials try to get to the bottom of exploding hoverboards, you might be wondering if the scooters are safe. It’s unclear, but one company that makes the scooters, which, as we all know by now, do not actually hover, is in hot water for allegedly peddling products bearing counterfeit safety marks. [More]

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Someone Pranked Maine Residents With Sign Promising New IKEA Store That Will Never Open

While there are plenty of people interested in spreading cheer and goodwill during the holiday season, there are also those intent on making a lot of folks really, really sad. Such was the case in Portland, ME, where a prankster duped passers-by into believing that an empty lot would soon be the site of a new IKEA store. [More]

Police: Man Pretended To Be An Uber Driver, Tried To Hug Fleeing Passenger

Police: Man Pretended To Be An Uber Driver, Tried To Hug Fleeing Passenger

Reminder: If you didn’t call that cab or order that Uber ride, it’s not always safe to just hop in the car and hope to get to your destination. Police in Texas have identified a suspect in connection to an odd incident early last Sunday morning, where two female college students reported that a man pretending to be an Uber driver offered them a ride, saying his fare didn’t show up. [More]

Police: Pennsylvania Woman Faked Cancer For Two Years To Scam Thousands In Donations

Police: Pennsylvania Woman Faked Cancer For Two Years To Scam Thousands In Donations

Any scam that takes money from unsuspecting folks is bad, of course, but those that prey on people trying to help those in need seem to leave an extra nasty taste in the mouth: police in Pennsylvania say one woman took advantage of the kindness of others by pretending she had cancer for two years, allegedly raking in thousands of dollars in donations. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims $12,500 Pink Sapphire Bought In 1999 Turned Out To Be A Fake Worth Only $30

A Delaware woman says she was upset to find out she’d been showing off a fake on her finger for the last 16 years, after an expert deemed the pink sapphire in the ring her husband had bought for her birthday was worth only $30, instead of the $12,500 the couple thought. [More]

Best Buy Apologizes If Your Item Doesn't Cost What It Says Due To "Technical Difficulties"

Best Buy Apologizes If Your Item Doesn't Cost What It Says Due To "Technical Difficulties"

So you thought you just scored a sweet deal on something at Best Buy? Sucker! It’s just that they’re having some problems putting the right prices on their items. You’ll find that out when you get to the cash register, or from handy signs posted about the store. [More]