SEATTLE—A Washington State Attorney General’s Office lawsuit has
stopped deceptive business practices and will return money to over
11,000 Washington state consumers. These consumers purchased worthless
food handler certificates from eFoodhandlers, Inc. that do not comply
with Washington state law.
The Attorney General’s Office this week filed suit in King County
Superior Court against Mandatory Poster Agency (MPA), doing business as
Corporate Records Service, and its top corporate officers, for unfair
and deceptive business practices in violation of Washington’s Consumer
Protection Act after the company duped more than 2,900 Washington businesses into paying $125 each to comply with a phony government requirement.
Identity theft is a growing problem nationwide, and
Washington is no exception. In early March 2014 the Seattle Archdiocese learned
that volunteers and employees at parishes and schools became victims of a
tax-identity fraud scheme.
At the request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the King County Superior Court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) requiring foreclosure trustee Cal-Western of Washington to halt its allegedly unfair and deceptive business practices.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is warning homeowners and businesses to steer clear of scam artists offering to pave driveways and resurface parking lots.
The fraudsters are at it again. Members and non-members have reported receiving texts that appeared to come from Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) stating their card had been deactivated or suspended. If you received this text, DO NOT respond.
phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the
country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and
As donors consider contributing to relief efforts for the
Snohomish County mudslide tragedy, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and
Secretary of State Kim Wyman are urging consumers to be on guard against
scam artists who try to take advantage of the situation.
A new email phishing scam making the rounds nationwide has hit Washington state, and this one is disguised as a utility bill.
AGO, BBB and AARP partner to combat romance scams
more people go cyber to find love, the Washington State Attorney
General’s Office (AGO), the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and AARP warn
of an uptick in reports of romance scams. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center,
romance scam victims lost more than $55 million in 2012. To combat this
growing epidemic, consumer protection groups are spending Valentine’s
Day warning singles about the dangers of “catfishing.”
Are you puzzled by a missed mobile call from Antigua, Barbuda,
Jamaica or other exotic locations? No, you have not won a trip to the
After high-profile national data breaches, Attorney General’s Office encourages consumers to safeguard data
In recognition of Data Privacy Day, the Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is urging businesses and individuals to take a moment to learn how to better protect information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor &
Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that
implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines. L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau are
warning Washington residents to read the fine print before responding to
letters from businesses offering to sell them copies of records easily
accessible from local government offices for a much lower price.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s High-Tech Unit has secured a $97,000
settlement with ZookaWare, an Arizona-based software company, and its
owner for engaging in unfair and deceptive practices against consumers
over the last several years.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Better Business
Bureau are teaming up to remind consumers that scammers never take a
vacation. Both the AGO and the BBB have seen a recent spike in
“Timeshare Reseller” scams. Together both agencies have received more
than 20 complaints since the start of the year.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has ordered T-Mobile to
correct deceptive advertising that promised consumers no annual
contracts while carrying hidden charges for early termination of phone
plans. Today, the Attorney General's Office filed a court order
signed by T-Mobile and effective nationwide that will ensure the company
clearly communicates the limitations of its new “no-contract” wireless
service plans and allows customers duped by the deceptive ads to exit
their contracts with no penalty.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman
today expressed their condolences to the victims of the horrific
violence at the 2013 Boston Marathon—and warned people not to fall
victim to fake fundraisers using the tragedy to scam people into making
Attorney General Ferguson was infuriated to learn unauthorized financial planning companies
were targeting senior veterans with schemes promising new untapped
veterans benefits—if the veterans were willing to let these “planners”
help manage their financial assets.
The Attorney General’s Office has learned people are receiving
appear to be from the AGO Webmaster or other “@atg.wa.gov” e-mail
addresses with subject lines offering stock tips and other news. These
are spoofs to trick people into parting with their personal information
or lure them into clicking on a document or link that will infect their
computer with viruses or malware.
OLYMPIA...Call them scammers, swindlers, fraudsters or grifters. But whatever you do, don’t believe a word they say.
The Attorney General’s Office today warned parents to be careful
about educational companies who claim to be affiliated with their
child’s school as a way to sell their wares.
SEATTLE – A powerful spam-sending application is attacking the most common smartphone operating system.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is joining the Washington State Departments of Veterans Affairs and Revenue in warning consumers about phone solicitors posing as state agents for a senior property tax relief program.
SEATTLE – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is joining the Federal Trade Commission in warning consumers about a new scam targeting seniors.
SEATTLE – Vianna Engel was determined to hold on to her home. “If I lose my property, my elderly mother loses her home, too,” Engel this week explained to a staff member at the Attorney General’s Office. Her mom’s single-wide mobile home sits on Engel’s property in Rochester. “She took care of me and I’m not going to let this happen to her.”
SEATTLE – If history is any guide, scammers will surely try to take advantage of news of the largest consumer protection settlement in U.S. history.