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.
Jul 08 2011
The phone hacking scandal that led to the shutdown of a British tabloid has many wondering whether the same thing could happen in the U.S. The answer, apparently, is yes. Quite easily, in fact, if you have never set a password on your mobile phone’s voicemail.
Jun 30 2011
Human resources professionals have rejected job applicants based on what they found online. We’ve told you that. But now there’s a company that creates a file of your online photos and posts for employers.
Mar 15 2011
Health Net Inc., informed the Washington Attorney General’s Office on Monday that “approximately 39,877 Washington residents” may be affected by its latest data breach.
Jan 28 2011
Attorney General Rob McKenna wrote the following post for our Facebook page today. Additionally, Facebook is sharing McKenna's post on its Facebook and Privacy Page, which also includes remarks from experts at the the Future of Privacy Forum, Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and NetChoice.
Jan 14 2011
Businesses and consumers agree that saying “no” means “no.” But does not saying “no” – or simply remaining silent – qualify as a “yes?" Some marketers seem to think so.
Dec 08 2010
If the Federal Trade Commission has its way, Web browsers will include a “Do Not Track” setting that lets you decide if data on your Web surfing activities can be collected. Think of it as the techno-savvy sibling to the “Do Not Call” registry that allows you to avoid telemarketers.
Nov 10 2010
Despite all the warnings, many folks who use social networks leave themselves vulnerable to identity theft and threats to their physical safety.

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