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Spokane credit card processing scammer Merchant Services Direct pays up! Merchant Services Direct LLC (MSD), also known as Sphyra, LLC, is paying the price for their dishonest business practices.
Cyber Monday: Tips to shop safely online If shoppers don’t find the deals they seek on Black Friday, “Cyber Monday” is an opportunity to shop from the comfort of their own home. Online retailers promote the Monday after Thanksgiving as a day for exceptional bargains. Here are some tips for shopping safely online
CUSTOMER ALERT: Corporate Annual Minutes Form

 This consumer alert was published by the Office of the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division is receiving a large number of calls from customers regarding a form received in the mail from the following company:


 The form looks like an official form, requesting corporate information and payment of $125.

The form does state “ANNUAL BUSINESS SERVICES IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND DOES NOT REPRESENT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY”, and they do not file your information with any State Agency.


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No sea engañado por "notarios" o "notarios públicos" que se aprovechan de los inmigrantes y sus familias.

OLYMPIA - El Procurador General Bob Ferguson, Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-1er  Distrito Legislativo, y la senadora electa estatal Pramila Jayapal, D-37o Distrito Legislativo, emitieron hoy una alerta al consumidor para residentes de Washington sobre posibles estafas dirigidas a los inmigrantes y sus familias.



Don’t be deceived by a “notario” or “notario público” who target immigrants and their families

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson, state Representative Luis Moscoso, D-1st Legislative District, and state Senator-elect Pramila Jayapal, D-37th Legislative District, today issued a consumer alert to Washingtonians about possible scams targeting immigrants and their families.


OLYMPIA - Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging consumers to be aware of scam artists exploiting the public’s fear of Ebola.

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson is warning consumers that phone scammers posing as legitimate computer technicians are on the prowl in Washington and other states across the country.


The Washington State Office of Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau have joined together to help consumers avoid a school book scam making the rounds to schools in Washington and across the country.
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