Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Apr 26 2011
The credit card data of Sony PlayStation and Qriocity users may have been stolen, news sources reported this afternoon. We suggest users close out the credit card on file with Sony and place a fraud alert on their credit reports.
Apr 26 2011
Cyber criminals are hacking bank accounts of small-to-medium size businesses in the U.S. and sending unauthorized wire transfers to Chinese economic and trade companies located near the Russian border, the FBI warned today. Between March 2010 and April 2011, authorities identified 20 incidents leading to $11 million in losses and about $20 million in attempted thefts.
Apr 20 2011
Last week, we shared a KING 5 report about a Washington man accused of creating fake news sites to peddle acai berry weight-loss products. Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is taking action to halt 10 operators of these bogus sites. Documents filed in six federal courts seek to permanently bar the allegedly deceptive claims and to require the companies to provide money for refunds to consumers who purchased supplements. ...
Apr 18 2011
I received two phishing emails at work this morning – one feigning to be from Bank of America and the other from Wells Fargo.
Apr 05 2011
The recent theft of millions of email addresses from online marketing firm Epsilon means many of us will likely receive targeted phishing e-mails. Before you panic, here’s my take on it: Your risk of becoming an identity theft victim is low – provided you apply an extra dose of caution and know how to recognize fraudulent e-mails...
Mar 31 2011
The Washington Attorney General’s Office is suing an online seller of stethoscopes for sales practices that caused consumers substantial heartache.  
Mar 30 2011
From sea to shining sea, scammers are preying on those pursuing the American dream. Cons, businesses and even unscrupulous attorneys are ogling the wallets of immigrants seeking green cards. For those seeking the right to live in the United States, the path to citizenship can be blocked by bad legal advice or blatant fraud ...
Mar 10 2011
It’s been dubbed the great Smurfberry Kerfuffle of 2011 – children unwittingly ringing up charges while playing Capcom’s “freemium” game Smurfs’ Village on a parent’s  iPhone or iPad. Apple responded to our concerns with a fix. Read our full blog post for the details, and tips for parents.
Mar 08 2011
What are consumers complaining about? The Attorney General's Office and the Federal Trade Commission released their lists of top 2010 gripes.
Feb 14 2011
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, co-chairs of NAAG's Intellectual Property Committee, wrote the following editorial, published in The Hill.

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