Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jan 29 2009
Data Privacy Day slipped right past me yesterday. ... The educational campaign's timing certainly is right. Just last week, payment processor Heartland Payment Systems reported what might be the biggest data-loss incident of all time. Monster.com also had a scary breach. ...  
Jan 26 2009
Unemployed workers in Washington and the rest of the country are targets for crooks posing as headhunters, the Attorney General’s Office warned today. Scams include bogus job offers and realistic-looking e-mail messages that contain links to computer viruses or phishing sites.
Jan 15 2009
The Better Business Bureau is organizing a  free community shred event on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
Jan 14 2009
In the past few months, there has been an increase in e-mail accounts being hijacked. Cons then use contact information in the victim’s address book to target their friends and family.
Jan 08 2009
We frequently tell consumers to use a credit card when shopping online and to couple that with a third-party payment service such as PayPal, if possible. But today I learned about a new way to pay. It’s called a single-use, virtual or disposable card.
Dec 22 2008
Scammers are working the phones yet again, this time identifying themselves as representatives of Quimper Community Federal Credit Union in Port Townsend. ...
Dec 18 2008
Thieves are targeting mailboxes this season, hoping to get to your holiday gifts and cash before the intended recipients.
Dec 17 2008
With all the attention on child identity theft, it’s understandable that parents might want to freeze access to the kids’ credit files to thwart any harm. But can they?
Oct 29 2008
Cons are using credit and debit card skimmers more frequently to steal your account information when you buy gas, settle your restaurant tab or  pick up cigarettes.
Oct 23 2008
Law enforcement officers, prosecutors and private-sector fraud investigators say new technology and laws are needed to help prevent identity theft crimes in Washington and prosecute increasingly crafty and covert criminals.

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