Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Mar 14 2011

shred 4

A few weeks ago, there were only four shredding events on our calendar at www.atg.wa.gov/shredathon.aspx. Add a zero to that.

 

Mar 11 2011

As our hearts go out to Japan, scammers are likely going for our wallets.

Mar 10 2011

It’s been dubbed the great Smurfberry Kerfuffle of 2011 – children unwittingly ringing up charges while playing Capcom’s “freemium” game Smurfs’ Village on a parent’s  iPhone or iPad. Apple responded to our concerns with a fix. Read our full blog post for the details, and tips for parents.

Mar 09 2011

Spokane drivers may not feel like they’re getting much of a gas pumpbargain on gas these days – but the $3.35/gallon they’re paying on average makes them one of the cities with the lowest prices in the nation. Here are a few online resources to help you find the lowest prices in your community.

Mar 08 2011

In a sluggish economy when every dollar saved counts, the Attorney General’s four Consumer Resource Centers are a valuable ally. Helping consumers and businesses resolve disputes, at no cost and without picking sides, the program’s volunteers and staff handled complaints from more than 22,000 people last year and helped recover $4.8 million those individuals said they were owed.
National Consumer Protection Week

Mar 08 2011

What are consumers complaining about? The Attorney General's Office and the Federal Trade Commission released their lists of top 2010 gripes.

debt

Mar 07 2011

It’s National Consumer Protection Week and in a short while, our office will release our list of industries that received the most consumer complaints in 2010. I’ll give you a hint – there’s a good reason why today’s tip focuses on dealing with collection agencies and debt.

Feb 28 2011

Spring is the season for cleaning and shredding. Check out one of these free events in Spokane, Renton, Federal Way and Bellingham.

Feb 28 2011

Internet scammers are pretending to be soldiers to seduce women.

Feb 24 2011

Anyone else get a call from a three-digit number today? The calls to cell phones appear to be a phishing scam.

Feb 23 2011

A woman received a phone call from someone claiming to be from The College Board who wanted $129 for materials related to the S.A.T. that her grandson had supposedly ordered.

Feb 23 2011

The Washington Attorney General’s Office wrapped up its case with a company accused of hawking pricey service contracts through deceptive junk mail, illegal robocalls and misleading TV ads. Our settlement bans Credexx and its former owner, David J. Tabb, from doing business in Washington again.

Feb 18 2011

Nearly 12,000 Americans defrauded by an auto "extended warranty" robocall scheme are eligible for refunds. The Federal Trade Commission mailed out claim forms this week to consumers swindled by calls made by Voice Touch, Inc., on behalf of Transcontinental Warranty, Inc.

Feb 15 2011

Something obnoxious is going on in the world of toll-free numbers and, if you aren't alert, "fat-finger dialing" can cost you dearly.

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