Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 04 2011
Malware purporting to contain information on Osama bin Laden is all over the Internet. This malicious software or "malware" can embed itself in computers and spread to users' contact lists, infecting the systems of associates, friends and family members, the FBI warned today.
Apr 29 2011
The Federal Trade Commission began mailing checks this week to more than 172,000 consumers nationwide who were falsely promised shopping sprees, movie passes and gas vouchers as part of enrollment in paid discount buying and travel clubs. Consumers who were victims of the “Wal-Mart Shopping Spree” scam will receive a total of more than $3 million in refunds. The average check is $18. ...
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 25 2011
Marriage is give and take- don’t let a wedding scam take you by surprise. From bogus bridal shows to fake dress labels and no-show vendors, scam artists are out to cash in on the big day.
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 18 2011
The Washington Attorney General’s Office cautions homeowners about paying to participate in a “mass joinder” lawsuit promising mortgage relief.
Apr 12 2011
Income tax identity theft scams have tripled in the last five years.
Apr 11 2011
Thinking of paying someone to do a little work around the house? The state Department of Labor and Industries is reminding homeowners to check out contractors they’re considering hiring for remodeling projects.

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