Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Aug 24 2010

Ripping another page out of the “If it sounds too good to be true…” playbook, The Consumerist posted a story this month about the apparent post-transaction marketing scam that is The Green Millionaire.

Aug 19 2010

Sorry, but açaí pills aren't going to make you magically drop 10-15 pounds in a month. And while we know you love Oprah and Rachael Ray, those gals aren't endorsing them. Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court ordered Central Coast Nutraceuticals, which pushes AcaiPure and Colopure, to stop selling.

Aug 18 2010

FCC study shows most Internet users only receive half of the advertised broadband speed.

Aug 11 2010

“Intelius chose cash over candor,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said during a news conference yesterday where our office announced a $1.3 million settlement with Intelius.

Aug 10 2010

It's one thing for adults to make crude jabs at each other online, but when minors are the victim of this, the results can be tragic. This is why our office found it crucial to join 33 other state attorneys general in an effort to keep kids safer from cyberbullying on the popular Internet message board Topix.com. ...

Aug 04 2010

Look out for "professional cards" and "rebate cards." Credit card issuers are finding creative ways to recoup revenues lost because of the CARD Act.

Aug 02 2010

Public Affairs Intern Darius Schwarz shares his unfortunately true "fish story" about roaming costs ...

Jul 29 2010

Citi's mobile banking app stores your sensitive data. While an innocent-looking Android app sends your personal info to China.

Jul 29 2010

This just in: Some companies that promise to reduce or eliminate credit card balances and other debt for customers will no longer be allowed to charge an upfront fee under new restrictions adopted by the Federal Trade Commission.

Jul 26 2010

A Tacoma company that promised to lower interest rates on credit cards will pay everything it has – $1.5 million – to refund consumers.

Jul 23 2010

Nearly a year ago, I posted a story about a woman facing deportation because she relied on bad legal advice. I called her “Teresa” but her real name is Maria Villegas Báñales. And today, I’m happy to announce that she’s a permanent U.S. resident. The man who reportedly provided that advice is required to pay refunds to consumers under a settlement with our office.

Jul 21 2010

Nova Trust Financial's name is being used in another fake check scam. ... At the risk of sounding condescending, I’m going to say it again: If you didn’t buy a lottery ticket, you didn’t win the lottery ...

Jul 20 2010

Breaking news from the 2010 Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting: The Washington State Attorney General's Office has won the 2010 WAGGY Award for best social media!

Jul 19 2010

Even if the only damage is to the vehicles involved, getting into a car accident is easily one of the scariest things that can happen in a person’s life.

Jul 15 2010

Scams to steal your personal information on Facebook are getting insanely clever. Now I like to think of myself as fairly savvy when it comes to these things (this is a consumer protection blog, after all), but even I got nabbed the other week.

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