Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Accessible public information is the most effective weapon in our fight to free our market from unfair and deceptive business practices. In our attempt to increase consumer awareness, the Attorney General’s Office has created an assortment of informational services to meet the needs of our diverse audience.

We strive to provide the most accurate information, in the most convenient formats, to Washington’s businesses and consumers. Traditional news releases, alerts, blogs, tweets, brochures, and special training opportunities all take center stage in our efforts to improve Washington’s economy.

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ALL CONSUMING BLOG

Time and time again, Washingtonians are taken advantage of by scammers who continually develop new, complex ways to con people.  One scam that is particularly difficult to identify is the United States Census Scam.

Strange contraptions known as “skimmers” are targeting ATM users, and the AGO wants you to be prepared. When attached to your ATM, the device can be used to steal your credit card information, capture your pin code, and send the information wirelessly via Bluetooth or cell phone text. Don’t let this happen to you!

Natural disasters, such as the devastating earthquake in Nepal, often result in many looking for ways to help those in need.

 

CONSUMER ALERTS

Dozens of Comcast customers filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office in the last six weeks, claiming that the company’s Service Protection Plan (SPP) appeared on their bill when they did not consent to paying for the service.

OLYMPIA — Algunos estafadores se están haciendo pasar por el Secretario del Tribunal Superior para llamar a los habitantes de Washington para exigirles dinero y amenazarlos con arrestarlos. Hasta el momento, las llamadas han tenido como blanco personas con apellidos hispanos.

OLYMPIA — Scammers are posing as the Washington State Supreme Court Clerk to call Washingtonians to demand money and threaten arrest. The fraudulent calls have so far targeted individuals with Hispanic last names.

OLYMPIA — While many areas of the country are still reeling from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, scam artists are now trying to sell flood-damaged vehicles here in Washington state. The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance estimates as many as 1 million vehicles flood-damaged vehicles could be sold to unsuspecting buyers nationwide.

OLYMPIA — Equifax, one of the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies, recently announced a serious data breach that could impact millions of Washington consumers.