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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Nov 12 2010

The Seattle Times gives a shout-out today to Attorney General Rob McKenna and Assistant Attorney General David Huey for their efforts to hold the mortgage foreclosure industry accountable for state consumer protection laws.

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Nov 10 2010

Despite all the warnings, many folks who use social networks leave themselves vulnerable to identity theft and threats to their physical safety.

Nov 08 2010

The former owners of U.S. Fidelis, a company that once the nation’s top marketer of auto service contracts, won’t be bugging you anymore. The Washington Attorney General’s Office spearheaded a multistate settlement with the company’s former owners, Missouri brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson, that bars them from telemarketing or selling service contracts in 11 states. The agreement also severely restricts how the duo advertises any other product or service and requires them to turn over nearly all their assets.

Nov 05 2010

Today, the lines have blurred and Facebook has become the great equalizer. People of all ages join the site to track friends, send photos, and keep in touch with family. But along with popularity comes safety concerns over privacy settings.

Oct 27 2010

credit cardCredit scores are not things you can “wish” better, but a myriad of credit-fix scams advertised online and on television promise a quick fix.

Oct 25 2010

Recalled baby products always seem to be in the news. Now there's a simple way to stay informed.

Oct 22 2010

Assistant Attorney General Jack Zurlini does windows. And roofs. And vinyl siding. Zurlini is hammering home the importance of honest advertising to home remodelers.

An industry magazine, Replacement Contractor, published an interview with Zurlini this week about how and why the Washington Attorney General’s Office brought the cases.

Oct 15 2010

With identity theft and credit fraud becoming commonplace, any step you can take to avoid a scam is a necessary one.

Oct 06 2010

Help is available for Washington residents who obtained problematic mortgages from Wachovia Bank and Golden West Corp., which did business as World Savings Bank. At least 400 Washington borrowers who received "Pick-A-Pay" payment option adjustable-rate mortgages will be eligible for loan modifications ... 

Sep 30 2010

After cooperating with a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation, toymaker Fisher-Price announced today the recall of more than 10 million potentially harmful products.

Sep 28 2010

Penny auction sites lure thousands of consumers daily with cheap prices on brand-name electronics, designer handbags and discounted store gift cards. Wired.com describes penny auctions as “a combination of bingo night, the Home Shopping Network and a slot machine addiction.” But an investigation by the Washington Attorney General’s Office shows how some of these sites can fool consumers into paying big bucks on an auction with no winner ...

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Sep 24 2010

While you can get away with buying many everyday items used, there are quite a few others that are worth paying the extra few dollars to be the initial owner.

Sep 20 2010

As my good deed for the day, I wanted to call attention to a settlement reached last week between the Federal Trade Commission and Ticketmaster in regards to what the FTC alleges were “deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets” for Bruce Springsteen shows late last year.

Sep 09 2010

After a hiatus while Blog Moderator Kristin Alexander was on 'staycation', All Consuming is back with an amusing post by Public Affairs Intern Darius Schwarz about his college days and a crafty password-hacking roomie. Read it. Laugh. Learn.

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Aug 26 2010

Shopping for a car? Assistant Attorney General Mary Lobdell was on New Day Northwest Monday to talk about three scams you need to watch out for.

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