The Evening Leader

Hints from Heloise


BANK FRAUD Dear Heloise: I read with interest your column on bank fraud this morning. I had received an email purporting to be from my bank. They wanted me to verify certain banking informatio­n. This raised a red flag for me. I printed out the request out and took it to my bank. The teller was fooled and told me to send the informatio­n! I told her the address looked phony. It was some strange personal address. I asked to talk to a manager, and he verified that my suspicions were correct. If the origin address is questionab­le, don’t send the info! -- Lynn Riley, via email Lynn, thanks for this important info. When it comes to your financial matters, be vigilant and check everything carefully. -- Heloise SKUNK SPRAY Dear Heloise: I just read your article about removing skunk odor from a pet. My dog apparently wasn’t directly sprayed, but he did smell “skunky.” I sprayed vinegar water on his fur, and it got rid of the smell. It was a mix of 1 cup warm water to 1 cup white vinegar. It really removes odors! The vinegar water is all I use for cleaning. Also, that and baking soda removed rust from carpet for me. I’ve used this for years, long before I ever saw that you have a vinegar booklet. Cheers! -- Fonda Carlow, via email TONG HELP Dear Heloise: My wife has to use a rider cart when she goes grocery shopping. This puts her at a disadvanta­ge when she needs something from a high shelf that’s beyond her reach. She thought of taking a pair of tongs with her (kept in the reusable bags) to reach higher items. It works great! -- R.M., Red Oak, Texas PRODUCT REGISTRATI­ON Dear Heloise: In many cases, a newly purchased product -- such as an appliance of any size or a TV or other electronic­s item -- will come with a product registrati­on card. It is recommende­d that the product registrati­on be completed either using the card, which would be returned through the post office, or online. By registerin­g the product, the buyer is put in the best position to be notified if there are defects or recalls on the product or other situations that might warrant a full return or replacemen­t. In addition, registerin­g the product helps ensure that the warranty status can be verified by the manufactur­er or retailer. -- Tim Davis, via email MIXER SAFETY Dear Heloise: When inserting or extracting the beaters from a tabletop or hand mixer, it is important not to have the appliance plugged in. Serious accidents have occurred if the speed switch happens to be moved to the “on” position while performing the task. I read your column in the Lima News. -- Jack Bevilockwa­y, Lima, Ohio Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.

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