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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.