Mar 4 2016
SEATTLE — A fast-moving phone scam is targeting taxpayers across the country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and deportation.
Feb 12 2016
SEATTLE — The Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) will soon launch a website for consumers to file claims for their share of the $63 million LCD recovery. In the meantime, the AGO cautions consumers that a third-party agent has set up a website to file claims on behalf of consumers, but will charge one-third of the recovery money to do so. When the AGO claims website goes live, consumers can file their own claims for free.
Oct 9 2015
SEATTLE — In the wake of a data breach at the credit-reporting company, Experian, affecting some 329,000 Washington state T-Mobile customers, Attorney General Bob Ferguson today offered consumers information about how to guard against potential identity theft.
Aug 20 2015
SEATTLE — With emotions running high today because of the three firefighter deaths in Washington State, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office strongly urge well-intended donors to use extreme caution before giving to wildfire relief efforts.
Jun 12 2015
SEATTLE — The calls are often along the same lines: A “technician” claiming to be from a well-known company, like Microsoft, tells you your computer is infected with a virus. He throws around some technical jargon, often walking you through some benign activities like opening a Web browser or some computer utility.
May 7 2015
TACOMA — As golf enthusiasts anticipate June’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., many are looking to score a hole-in-one with sought-after tickets.
Apr 27 2015
OLYMPIA — As the death toll climbs in Nepal following the massive earthquake over the weekend, Better Business Bureau along with Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging Washingtonians to be on guard for charity scams targeting donors.
Feb 9 2015
CONSUMER ALERT: Victims of Super Bowl ticket brokers’ empty promises encouraged to file a complaint with Attorney General’s Office
OLYMPIA — Dealing with a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss is bad enough. But we’ve also heard reports of fans buying tickets from brokers, only to find out the brokers did not even have the tickets they purported to sell.
Feb 7 2015
OLYMPIA -- Insurance giant Anthem announced on Feb. 5 that up to 80 million consumers nationwide may be affected by a data breach of current and former customers’ names, social security numbers, contact information and birthdates. It does not appear that any health information was obtained.
Jan 27 2015
OLYMPIA — To coincide with ‘Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week’ (January 26-30), the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the AARP Fraud Watch Network are launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams.