Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jul 08 2011

The phone hacking scandal that led to the shutdown of a British tabloid has many wondering whether the same thing could happen in the U.S. The answer, apparently, is yes. Quite easily, in fact, if you have never set a password on your mobile phone’s voicemail.

Jul 01 2011

The federal regulator of the largest U.S. banks wants too much power, state attorneys general complained this week in a 6-page letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. ...

Jul 01 2011

The Puget Sound Business Journal reported that scammers somehow hacked the phone system at a Seattle hotel in an effort to obtain credit card numbers. Reports out of Texas prove this isn't an isolated incident.

Jun 30 2011

Teletrack, Inc,. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company sold credit reports for marketing purposes, in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. According to the FTC’s complaint, Teletrack sells credit reports and other services to businesses that mainly serve money-strapped consumers.

Jun 30 2011

Human resources professionals have rejected job applicants based on what they found online. We’ve told you that. But now there’s a company that creates a file of your online photos and posts for employers.

Jun 23 2011

Do you joke that you’re not a “numbers person”? If so, you may be among the estimated 1 in 20 adults impacted by dyscalculia, a sort of math dyslexia.

Jun 20 2011

Kristin's musings on signing coworker birthday cards. ... And, oh yeah, it's All Consuming’s 4th birthday. Will you be so kind as to sign our virtual card by leaving a comment?

Jun 17 2011

You shouldn’t have to pay an up-front fee for a lower interest rate credit card offer. In advance-fee loan scams, the lender guarantees a credit card in advance for a fee before you even apply and regardless of your credit rating. These offers are illegal and often target people with credit problems.

Jun 16 2011

The Korean Community Service Center and Northwest Justice Project will host a free foreclosure prevention workshop this Saturday, June 18, in Renton. Korean language interpreters will be provided.

Jun 15 2011

A light bulb just went off above someone’s head at the Federal Trade Commission. The agency had the bright idea to launch a campaign to educate consumers about newer light bulbs. Halogen incandescent, CFLs and LEDs last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Jun 10 2011

Federal and state officials banded together yesterday in Seattle to expose immigration services scams and direct immigrants to real help.immigscam

Jun 01 2011

I just received word from the  Skagit Valley Herald  that a senior was contacted by a phone scammer who told her she needs to hand over her bank account information to receive a special  Medicare  card. The caller – who had a heavy accent – claimed to be from Washington, DC, but didn’t provide a name, phone number or

May 31 2011

The Washington Department of Commerce is offering a foreclosure mediation training program on June 28 and June 29, 2011, at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

May 27 2011

Want to know which new car is "greenest" or will really drive down your cost at the pump? The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled the next generation of fuel economy stickers required for new cars and trucks starting with 2013 models. Automakers also have the option to start using the labels for 2012 models.

May 27 2011

Sony is promising a year of identity theft protection services for PlayStation Network and Qriocity users, following its recent data breach.

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