Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 26 2011

Consumers who bought massage chairs, bath tubs and range hoods from a Bellevue-based company were left waiting … and waiting … for their simulated shiatsu, soaks and steam ventilation, said the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

May 20 2011

The Olympia Police Department is warning the public not to give information to callers posing as debt collection companies who attempt to collect personal information.

May 18 2011

Skimming scams are on the rise in Western Washington, according to local cops, and you may not realize you’ve been taken until long after thieves have stolen your credit card or debit card information. Here's how to protect yourself ...

May 13 2011

Congratulations to Cheney High School students, who clung to pole position for two days during the national LifeSmarts championship before ultimately taking eighth place out of 33 teams. The competition tests students' wits about finances, technology, health, government and the environment.

May 11 2011

If you shop, play video games or blog, your information may have been compromised as part of a recent pile-up of data breaches. We tell you what to do to minimize the chance that thieves make off with your money or destroy your credit.

May 11 2011

Traditional phishing scams have taken many consumers hook, line and sinker. But even those who are sure they can sniff out the bait may fall prey to spear-phishers.

May 10 2011

Bank of America home loan customers experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to attend upcoming  customer events in Bellevue and Spokane May 19-21.

May 10 2011

It was a bad Hollywood ending. After Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery stores closed their doors, former customers throughout the nation began complaining of collection notices added to their credit files without any warning.

May 04 2011

Malware purporting to contain information on Osama bin Laden is all over the Internet. This malicious software or "malware" can embed itself in computers and spread to users' contact lists, infecting the systems of associates, friends and family members, the FBI warned today.

May 02 2011

Storybook Lane, an online company previously sued by the Washington Attorney General’s Office, must once again refund consumers nationwide. The Kennewick-based company, which sells home décor for children’s bedrooms, violated the terms of a 2008 settlement by failing to deliver orders, issue refunds and respond to customer inquiries.

Apr 29 2011

The Federal Trade Commission began mailing checks this week to more than 172,000 consumers nationwide who were falsely promised shopping sprees, movie passes and gas vouchers as part of enrollment in paid discount buying and travel clubs. Consumers who were victims of the “Wal-Mart Shopping Spree” scam will receive a total of more than $3 million in refunds. The average check is $18. ...

Apr 26 2011

The credit card data of Sony PlayStation and Qriocity users may have been stolen, news sources reported this afternoon. We suggest users close out the credit card on file with Sony and place a fraud alert on their credit reports.

Apr 26 2011

Cyber criminals are hacking bank accounts of small-to-medium size businesses in the U.S. and sending unauthorized wire transfers to Chinese economic and trade companies located near the Russian border, the FBI warned today. Between March 2010 and April 2011, authorities identified 20 incidents leading to $11 million in losses and about $20 million in attempted thefts.

Apr 25 2011

Marriage is give and take- don’t let a wedding scam take you by surprise. From bogus bridal shows to fake dress labels and no-show vendors, scam artists are out to cash in on the big day.

Apr 22 2011

Earth DayKristin says goodbye to "Mr. Sony" and shows you how to fill up on Earth Day freebies (including coffee)!

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