Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jan 04 2008
Attorney General Rob McKenna released his 2008 legislative agenda yesterday, including several important consumer protection initiatives. McKenna's agenda includes bills to guard Washington residents from identity theft, protect consumers ...
Dec 31 2007
As you head to the store to exchange gifts, don’t forget to pick up this season’s must-have item – a document shredder. Mike Benbow, the Everett Herald's business guy, explains why you need one ...
Dec 24 2007
A consumer contacted our office to question the legitimacy of the American Community Survey mailed to him by the U.S. Census Bureau.  He was concerned that the survey advised him he was compelled by law to fill it out. It asks for personal information, so he thought it might be ...
Dec 19 2007
As merchants get busier with holiday shopping, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding them to be sure treceipts they give customers don't contain full credit or debit account numbers ...
Dec 13 2007
Looking for romance online? You’re next scintillating chat may be with a computer, not a human. A Russian Web site called CyberLover is advertising a software tool that it claims can simulate flirtatious chatroom exchanges. ...
Nov 29 2007
The Federal Trade Commission this week released a survey showing that 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 percent of us, were victims of identity theft in 2005. Most of those cases involved misuse of existing credit card or other accounts, while 1.8 million found that new accounts were opened or other frauds were committed using their personal identifying information.
Nov 29 2007
The UK Times is reporting that banks may stop reimbursing identity fraud victims who post personal information on Web sites such as MySpace and Facebook. The Times doesn’t quote any bank officials in its story, strangely. But the article does help raise a red flag concerning the amount of personal information available on social networking sites.
Oct 19 2007
So many free shred events this month! Tomorrow, October 20th, Attorney General Rob McKenna will join Washington’s credit unions in a statewide effort to reduce identity theft. More than 20 credit unions...
Oct 16 2007
A few years ago, one of our kids mistakenly set the microwave to 40 minutes to cook a bag of popcorn.  My wife and I arrived home to find the first floor of our house covered in smoke and the smoke detector...
Oct 10 2007
We love snappy consumer protection campaigns. And the New York Public Interest Research Group's new CyberStreetSmart.org Web site hits the mark. The site advises consumers on how to protect themselves...

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