Briefs for May 2-5, 2007
May 2, 2007
Free household hazardous material collection
Recycle Utah will provide free hazmat collections for the public on Saturday, May 5 and Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Canyons parking lot. Businesses must make an appointment between noon and 1 p.m. and a charge of 50 cents per pound applies to businesses only.
Recycle Utah will accept "expired prescription medication in original containers" for incineration. For more information, call Recycle Utah at 649-9698 or log on to http://www.recycleutah.org .
Sweepstakes scam targets Utah consumers
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of a scam sending sweepstakes notices to Utah consumers. Mailings from Latex Finance Incorporated state that consumers have won $50,000. A check is included with the mailing to pay for "tax and administrative expenses." While the sweepstakes uses an address in Alaska, and the checks use numerous well-known U.S. company names and current addresses, but the phone numbers go to Canada. Jane Driggs, president of the Better Business Bureau of Utah, emphasizes that "consumers who put this check into their bank account and wire money to the scam artists in Canada will lose their money. No consumer should ever wire money to a company to win a sweepstakes or lottery." Anyone who has received one of these offers, or a similar offer, and wants to verify it should contact the http://www.utah.bbb.org or 801-892-6009.
Coldwell Banker May open house
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To reinforce the importance of the spring home buying season, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will participate in Coldwell Banker’s national open house month throughout May. As part of the event, Coldwell Banker has partnered with Drexel Heritage to host an "Open House Month" sweepstakes. Consumers can log on to coldwellbanker.com to register to win. Four weekly winners each will receive $5,000 in Drexel Heritage furniture, while the grand-prize winner will receive $20,000 in Drexel Heritage furniture and a free consultation with an interior designer.
The Web site coldwellbanker.com will contain a list of local open houses being conducted each weekend in May. The site will also contain streaming video content providing consumers with tips on buying and selling homes. The site also contains a host of other valuable tools including satellite mapping and a home value estimator.