Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jun 20 2008

A former smoke shop owner pleaded guilty in federal court to skimming information from debit and credit cards belonging to 300 victims, the Seattle P-I reported.

Jun 10 2008

Your tires, like the cans in your pantry, have an expiration date. If your wheels aren’t fresh, you may be headed for a blowout.

Jun 10 2008

While working on a late-night deadline assignment several years ago, I spilled a glass of water on my office laptop. The liquid flowed through the keyboard into the circuitry. Suddenly, the screen went black. Then an ugly image appeared ...

Jun 03 2008

Better Business Bureau (BBB) headquarters issued a warning this week to online car shoppers: Watch out for phony escrow services. 

May 28 2008

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today urged members of Congress to adopt legislation that would increase the ability of state attorneys general to protect consumers from lead-tainted products ...

May 23 2008

It's prom and wedding season. If you plan to hire a limo or town car to celebrate, make sure it's licensed and legitimate, says the state Department of Licensing.  

May 21 2008

Have you seen ads claiming you can increase your car’s gas mileage at least 25 percent by purchasing devices and then simply adding water?

May 21 2008

Think you or your kid has what it takes to become the next Covergirl or Hollywood sensation? Some so-called “talent scouts” are more interested in your money than your talent. Read today’s Ask the AG column to learn how the industry works and help meet a legitimate talent agent in our market.

May 21 2008

Do those grocery “rewards” cars actually save you money? KING 5’s Tim Robinson visited QFC, Metropolitan Market and Safeway in Seattle and bought the same eight items at each store – chicken, spaghetti sauce, pasta, milk, eggs, bread, pizza and soda.

May 20 2008

Can you recognize a phone fraudster? The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new consumer education campaign named "Who's Calling?" that aims to combat telemarketing scams ...phone fraud logo

May 20 2008

The Federal Trade Commission today announced its largest telemarketing fraud sweep ever. Called “Operation Tele-PHONEY,” the crackdown includes 180 criminal and civil cases involving advance-fee loan offers, sweepstakes pitches, “free” gifts, prescription drug plans, bogus tax rebates and scams where consumers were sent households goods they never ordered ...

May 20 2008

Ever since our 2007 case with Parking Enforcement Services, our office receives questions from drivers concerning whether they can be “ticketed” when they park on private property.

May 19 2008

KOMO news report about a mom whose son ran up a $5,174 cell phone bill includes a good lesson.  According to the story, the consumer didn’t pay to block Internet access because her son had agreed not to use his phone online.

May 19 2008

Gift cards are convenient and extremely popular. But consumers who don’t plan to use gift cards quickly may be throwing away their money. ...

May 09 2008

Here's a useful article from the Columbia Tribune in Missouri – via the Missouri AG’s Consumer Corner blog --  on how to save money when using your cell phone in another country.

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