Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

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.

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.

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