Jan 24 2014
Consumers, keep an eye out for a post-holiday email scams carrying malicious malware disguised as a link to a helpful “change of address” form. Malware is software used to disrupt computer operation and gather sensitive information.
Jan 23 2014
CONSUMER ALERT: Neiman Marcus announces payment card data breach, offers one year free credit monitoring and ID theft insurance
Attorney General warns to be wary of scams to follow Neiman Marcus, a luxury specialty department store, has announced a payment card data breach. The store announced some of its customers’ payment cards were fraudulently used after making purchases at its stores.
Jan 10 2014
CONSUMER ALERT: Target announces additional consumers impacted by data breach, offers free credit monitoring to all shoppers
Target announced today that in addition to the payment card data breach which affected approximately 40 million shoppers, 70 million shoppers had other information taken--such as names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. The data breach occurred during the period of November to December 2013.
Dec 13 2013
Many businesses have contacted the state Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Labor & Industries about a misleading letter sent from a company called ‘Labor Standards Compliance Office’ listed at a Tacoma, Wash. address.
Dec 13 2013
CONSUMER ALERT: 76 Washington consumers receive checks for misleading vehicle service contracts, thousands more may be eligible
Attorneys general order U.S. Fidelis pay back 19,000 consumers nationwide Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined three other state attorneys general today in announcing that approximately 19,000 consumers nationwide will share more than $9.3 million to compensate them for their problems with U.S. Fidelis, a now-defunct dealer of vehicle service contracts. Checks are going in the mail today for those who filed a claim.
Oct 22 2013
A Going Out of Business (GOB) Sale is not something people usually want to consider. However, if necessary, it is important to do it right. The Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) enforces the state Consumer Protection Act (CPA), RCW 19.86, that prohibits unfair or deceptive business practices.
Sep 16 2013
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are teaming up to warn consumers about a troubling practice by some individuals who solicit donations near retail stores on behalf of charities.
Jun 6 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today the filing of a major timeshare consumer protection case as part of the joint multi-state, multi-national law enforcement initiative coordinated by the Federal Trade Commission.
Jun 5 2013
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has learned Washington residents are receiving calls from scammers posing as Medicare officials seeking personal information, claiming to need the information to issue new Medicare cards.
May 21 2013
In the wake of the massive tornados that touched down in Oklahoma this week, Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Secretary of State (SOS) are warning of opportunistic fraudsters. Cons follow the headlines and can easily create bogus charities under the guise of helping victims.