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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

If shoppers don’t find the deals they seek on Black Friday, “Cyber Monday” is an opportunity to shop from the comfort of their own home. Online retailers promote the Monday after Thanksgiving as a day for exceptional bargains. Here are some tips for shopping safely online:
Tech scammers have been around for years and while some companies are caught, new ones continually pop up claiming to be popular and trusted software companies.
Save yourself some scary surprises this October by being extra careful online. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as part of a global cybersecurity awareness campaign, Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ to help digital citizens stay safe online.
<p>A key priority for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is to safeguard consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices.</p> <p>During <a href="http://www.ncpw.gov/&quot; title="National Consumer Protection Week">National Consumer Protection Week</a>, March 2-8, the AGO wants to highlight multiple ways the office can help consumers from an informal complaint resolution service to suing bad actors and providing scam prevention tips.</p>
Building off the momentum of Black Friday, Cyber Monday has quickly become the biggest online shopping day of the year. Retailers across the country entice consumers with deep discounts. These post-Thanksgiving sales may offer great deals, but the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) encourages consumers to click ‘buy’ with caution. These simple tips will make sure you and your computer stay safe online.
After families have stuffed themselves full of turkey on Thanksgiving Day, they head to bed, and often wake before dawn for the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday is known for its blockbuster savings that entice consumers to spend their hard earned money.
Today's world is more interconnected than ever. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risks of theft, fraud and abuse. The Attorney General’s Office would like to remind you to protect yourself against cybercrime and get educated about the resources available to victims.
This week’s internet safety theme is Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders. We’re raising awareness about the importance of cyber education and workforce development, including the advancement and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
During October, the AGO will be promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM); visit the AGO’s Internet Safety page for more cyber security information.
Today, the Attorney General’s Office learned people are receiving e-mails that appear to be from the AGO Webmaster or other “@atg.wa.gov” e-mail addresses with the following subject lines: •    New Pick Coming! But First I need your help, details inside•    Pick Of The Week•    This Stock is another monster week ahead•    DON’T MISS TODAY’S TRADING IDEA•    Your Mind Blowing Monster Pick!•    News Out & Must Read Inside. Let us assure you. These are spoofs.


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