Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Aug 29 2008

There is a virus circulating the Web right now that is targeting Facebook users.  This virus is being spread through a well-disguised e-mail that appears to be a video from a friend.

Aug 28 2008

KING TV's report about an 82-year-old woman who paid an unregistered contractor $579 for a furnace repair is good example of why you must check out businesses you hire for emergency fixes ...

Talk about it: What resources help you determine which professionals to hire?

Aug 27 2008

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Fake online coupons are becoming a growing problem, shortchanging both shoppers and businesses ...

Talk about it: Have you had any trouble redeeming printable coupons? Does your business accept them?

 

Aug 26 2008

These are two of the coolest Web sites we’ve seen in a while! They offer “cheat sheets” of prompts to help you circumvent a potentially maddening or time-consuming phone tree and speak to an actual human ...

Aug 26 2008

Q13 TV recently aired a story about a man who bought a car he found on Craigslist. He thought it was a good deal until he went to the Department of Licensing to get his title. Turned out the VIN number didn’t match up with the license plate.

Aug 25 2008

Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter, analysts predict, and buying your heating oil in advance may not save you much. Locking in a preseason rate for winter fuel comes with risks ...

Aug 22 2008

You can now post your comments to “All Consuming.” We welcome your thoughts on tidbits you read here and related consumer protection issues.

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Aug 22 2008

Our Public Counsel Section today announced a proposed pact that would mean smaller electric and gas rate increases for Puget Sound Energy customers than those originally requested by the company.

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Aug 22 2008

Here is another important lesson to remember when buying a car – beware of “packing” or “loading.”  “Packing” or “loading” payments is a practice used in the auto industry to get consumers to pay for additional products, such as warranties or service contracts by hiding the costs, or not revealing that consumers were not required to purchase these additional items.

Aug 20 2008

Yet another Puget Sound parent was hit with a whopping cell phone bill. ... Does your kid have a cell phone? How do you regulate use?

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Aug 19 2008

The agency that brought you the enormously popular “Do Not Call” registry today announced new rules banning “robocalls” from telemarketers.

Aug 18 2008

Spammers are using e-mails that appear to be from MSNBC.com and CNN to try to trick recipients into visiting Web sites laden with malware.

Aug 12 2008

Lemon aid is on its way to 79 car buyers whose secondhand Hummers and Cadillac Escalades didn’t come equipped with a must-have feature – a notice that the cars were reacquired by their manufacturer under California’s Lemon Law then resold in Washington.

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Aug 12 2008

The Washington Attorney General’s Office is at the frontlines in the fight against online fraud, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Democracy and Technology. ...

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Aug 08 2008

Washington's Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is cracking down on false advertisers- make sure you don't become a victim of it!

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