European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!


Consumer News Round-up – week ending 26th October 2018


Watch out for the CE mark when buying Halloween costumes

If you still need to get Halloween costumes for the kids, or yourself, then make sure that it has a CE mark to ensure that it adheres to EU safety standards.

Read the full article here: ‘Fire safety – Irish shoppers warned to check for safety CE mark on Halloween costumes for kids and adults’, by Fionnuala Walsh, The Irish Sun, 20th October 2018.


dodgy car rental experiences and call for more regulation

Unfortunately, car rental continues to be an area that causes consumers a lot of problems. It is one of the top five areas of cross-border consumer complaint dealt with by ECC Ireland year-after-year. This article features the negative experiences of tourists, business people and even some staff working at car rental companies and highlights the need for regulation of the industry.

Read the full article here: ‘Mystery’ damage and ‘Laurel and Hardy’ tactics: an insight into Ireland’s car rental market’, by Amy Molloy, Irish Independent, 21st October 2018.

Check out our car rental page for tips and advice.


Scam targeting Netflix users 

The latest scam doing the rounds is one that is targeting Netflix users. Writing in The Irish Times this week, Conor Pope warns that the scam involves emails being sent, which uses fake Netflix branding, asking for updated payment details and redirects consumers to a fake website. Be careful Netflixers!!!

Read the full article here: ‘Netflix users targeted in fresh scam looking for updated payment details’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 24th October 2018.