Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

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.

Jul 14 2010

Economy still got you down? Sign up for next week's free Money Smarts workshop at KCTS 9 and learn how to stretch your dollar.

Jul 14 2010

Did you see Jesse’s report on Monday on fake news sites that try to sell you acai berry supplements and colon cleansers? It shows just how far scammers will go to try to convince you to buy their products.

Acai-berry

Jul 09 2010

Summer’s finally here and that brings thoughts of a vacation – if you can afford one in this sluggish economy. Lifestyle changes, unemployment and rising costs have many timeshare owners hoping to sell their vacation properties. If you’re one of them, be careful.

Jul 09 2010

A Redmond search marketing firm agreed to change course after customers complained the company promised Web hits but struck out.

Jun 25 2010

Scammers posing as health inspectors are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of restaurant operators.

mouthpiece

Jun 25 2010

Thinking of leasing a car? Then be sure to watch this short piece from KING TV’s Jesse Jones, who interviewed Consumer Protection Division Doug Walsh -- an expert on leasing cars.

driver

Jun 24 2010

The FBI is warning people about a new scam in which computer hackers tie up a person's phone lines as a diversion while hitting the victim's bank account.

Jun 24 2010

Several sources are reporting a spike in automatic telephone calls warning folks about fraud on their credit card and bank accounts. The robocalls direct customers to call a phone number to “verify” their account information.

Jun 24 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the cooperation of seven firms, today announced voluntary recalls of more than two million cribs to address drop-side hazards and other hazards that affect the safety of young children.

Jun 22 2010

An investigative tip from the Washington Attorney General’s Office has led to an Australian man pleading guilty to 16 felony counts for selling bogus medical advice over the Internet ...

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