Nov 17 2008
Money can’t buy love. But that didn’t stop a Washington-based company from tempting Internet users with the chance to learn the identity of a secret admirer. Unfortunately, any lonely hearts or curious souls who may have bit at Tatto Media, Inc.’s promotion lost out. ...
Oct 29 2008
A thermal massaging bed might work wonders for a sore back but the Attorney General’s Office says when it comes to hype, manufacturers are limited to promoting their medical products to uses approved by federal regulators. Our Consumer Protection Division announced an agreement today with Ceragem ...
Oct 17 2008
They called themselves “United Home Savers” and pledged to help homeowners facing foreclosure. But the Attorney General’s Office says a Florida-based business and its owners actually preyed on Washington residents.
Oct 09 2008
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will join housing counselors and loan servicers at a free workshop Saturday geared at helping homeowners find solutions to their mortgage problems. ...
May 02 2008
It’s been a busy week for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection High-Tech Fraud Unit, which announced three wins this week alone.
May 02 2008
Totally Free Flatscreen TV/LCD Monitor! ABSOLUTELY FREE GIFT CARDS! Caribbean Vacation - All Expenses Paid!!! You can have it all for nothing! And it’s so easy! All you have to do is complete an online survey. Or sign up for a trial subscription for some service. Or spam a few friends … oops, we mean make a few “referrals.” But did you ever think about what happens with all the information you send over the Internet? Chances are it’s being dumped into a marketing database to be sold over and over again.
Apr 09 2008
A Washington-based company that sells search-engine optimization services to small businesses is prohibited from selling or advertising them to new customers and must permit cancellation of existing contracts, according to a settlement announced Tuesday by Attorney General Rob McKenna. Internet Advancement, of Redmond, which also does business as 4GreatBuys.com, was accused of misrepresenting its ability to provide top search-engine rankings and increase Web traffic, even after being sued by our office years ago for essentially the same allegations.
Mar 31 2008
TJX, the parent company of retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshalls and data brokers Reed Elsevier and Seisint reached settlements with the Federal Trade Commission last week in two unrelated data breach cases. ... The Attorney General's Office encourages businesses to read this guide for protecting personal information.
Mar 21 2008
We've warned you before about so-called freebies. Now online advertiser ValueClick, Inc., will pay a record $2.9 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its advertising claims and e-mails were deceptive and violated federal law. ...
Mar 12 2008
Storybook Lane, an online company that sells home décor for children’s bedrooms, must refund consumers nationwide under a settlement with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office ...