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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Time and time again, Washingtonians are taken advantage of by scammers who continually develop new, complex ways to con people.  One scam that is particularly difficult to identify is the United States Census Scam.
Strange contraptions known as “skimmers” are targeting ATM users, and the AGO wants you to be prepared. When attached to your ATM, the device can be used to steal your credit card information, capture your pin code, and send the information wirelessly via Bluetooth or cell phone text. Don’t let this happen to you!
Natural disasters, such as the devastating earthquake in Nepal, often result in many looking for ways to help those in need.  
Earlier this week, Premera/Blue Cross announced that they have been the target of a major data breach.
No, I don’t mean by that last heartbreaking play, I’m talking about your tickets. There have been several reports of fans that purchased tickets from brokers that ended up not having tickets to sell at all.
Merchant Services Direct LLC (MSD), also known as Sphyra, LLC, is paying the price for their dishonest business practices.
This consumer alert was published by the Office of the Secretary of State The Secretary of State’s Corporations and Charities Division is receiving a large number of calls from customers regarding a form received in the mail from the following company:
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.
Many Washingtonians, especially in the Seattle area, have notified the AGO that they have received postcards promising complimentary flights and discounted travel. After further investigation, the AGO has found that the postcards offer nothing more than overpriced access to common, easily-accessible travel agency memberships.First seen in the 1990s, these “travel club” middlemen contact consumers through mail, over the phone, or online in hopes of luring consumers to call a toll-free number and use a promo code provided in the initial contact.


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