Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Mar 03 2015
Better Business Bureau is partnering with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office for National Consumer Protection Week, March 1-7.
Mar 05 2014
A key priority for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is to safeguard consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. During National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8, the AGO wants to highlight multiple ways the office can help consumers from an informal complaint resolution service to suing bad actors and providing scam prevention tips.
Mar 07 2013
Consumer protection advocates across the country are celebrating National Consumer Protection Week this week—spotlighting information available to help people and their families protect themselves against scams, fraud and other financial problems.
Mar 07 2013
Today, the Attorney General’s Office learned people are receiving e-mails that appear to be from the AGO Webmaster or other “@atg.wa.gov” e-mail addresses with the following subject lines: •    New Pick Coming! But First I need your help, details inside•    Pick Of The Week•    This Stock is another monster week ahead•    DON’T MISS TODAY’S TRADING IDEA•    Your Mind Blowing Monster Pick!•    News Out & Must Read Inside.Let us assure you. These are spoofs.
Mar 09 2012
Imagine this situation: your kitchen sink is clogged and you need a plumber to fix it. You’ve never been in this situation and you’re not sure which company to call. You open the Yellow Pages and randomly pick a plumbing company...
Mar 08 2012
One of our Assistant Attorney Generals in Spokane is selling a house. She’s had people contact her saying they’ve rented her house through an offer on Craigslist.  The unsuspecting parties submitted an application with financial identification information (which can be used to steal a person’s identity) and sent a security deposit by Western Union to a nice landlord working in Nigeria with homeless and disabled kids.
Mar 08 2012
One thing you hear often from us: a warning never, ever to wire money to strangers. Once you do so, the money is gone forever. 
Mar 07 2012
  By now we hope you’ve heard about the Grandparent Scam. But did you know that the scheme continues to drain money from unwitting victims’ bank accounts? It does so by becoming deviously more sophisticated. A new twist involves a supposed grandchild or other relative who’s been arrested overseas and begs you not rat him out to his parents. He can’t talk long because a “police officer” picks up the phone and demands bail money be wired immediately.
Mar 06 2012
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Mar 05 2012
Today is the first weekday of National Consumer Protection Week. As part of this week’s event focusing on consumer education, we’ll post a daily consumer tip. Today’s tip has to do with buying a vehicle.

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