Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Oct 19 2011
As a victim of identity theft or fraud, you should take the following steps as soon as possible. Report the crime to the police or sheriff's office. Place a fraud alert and/or security freeze on your credit reports. Report the crime to your bank, creditors and credit reporting agencies. Ask businesses to provide info about transactions made in your name. Contact the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Hotline 1-877-IDTHEFT.
Oct 18 2011
You can reduce your likelihood of becoming an identity theft victim, as well as cut down on unwanted sales pitches, by following these guidelines.
Oct 17 2011
I will be sharing tips all week on how to guard against identity theft and what to do if you are a victim of identity theft. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing consumer scams in America. It’s difficult to know exactly how many victims exist, but the numbers are staggering. A nationwide survey by Javelin Research estimates that 8.1 million adult Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2010. Identity theft topped the FTC's list of consumer complaints again in 2010, accounting for 19 percent of the 6.1 million complaints.
Sep 07 2011
We have warned you before about skimming scams, and how hard it is to detect the small bits of plastic on ATMs. Anyone can fall victim and not realize it until after the thieves have racked up large purchases using the stolen card information. This is includes our state’s top law enforcer, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.
Jul 22 2011
Lots of Americans carry wallets around every day. It’s a great way to keep your cash, cards, and IDs organized. But wallets are also easily lost or stolen, and if that happens to you when you’re carrying around the wrong kinds of information, it could make you an easy target for identity theft. Fortunately, Mellody Hobson and ABC News have some great tips on what to put—and what not to put—in your wallet.
Jul 15 2011
The Department of Licensing's blog has a warning about a phishing scheme.
Jul 12 2011
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime are hosting a public forum on child identity theft today in Washington, DC. The program is webcast live. 
Jul 01 2011
The Puget Sound Business Journal reported that scammers somehow hacked the phone system at a Seattle hotel in an effort to obtain credit card numbers. Reports out of Texas prove this isn't an isolated incident.
May 27 2011
Sony is promising a year of identity theft protection services for PlayStation Network and Qriocity users, following its recent data breach.
May 18 2011
Skimming scams are on the rise in Western Washington, according to local cops, and you may not realize you’ve been taken until long after thieves have stolen your credit card or debit card information. Here's how to protect yourself ...

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