Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 09 2008

Here's a useful article from the Columbia Tribune in Missouri – via the Missouri AG’s Consumer Corner blog --  on how to save money when using your cell phone in another country.

May 09 2008

“Grand Theft Auto IV” sold 6 million copies in its first week. Parents whose kids are begging them to buy what has quickly become the most popular video game or other games, for that matter, are reminded to read ratings to ensure that content is suitable for their children ...

May 08 2008

Here’s a warning, via the Better Business Bureau, for students looking for summer work. A classified ad that reads, "travel the nation, high pay, all transportation and expenses paid," may seem too good to be true, and it probably is.

May 08 2008

Credit card companies are wooing college students with everything from free pizza and T-shirts to airline miles and an iPod shuffle in exchange for filling out a credit application.

May 08 2008

Facebook has agreed to take significant steps to better protect children on its Web site. Attorneys general nationwide signed an agreement with Facebook, in which they emphasize their shared goal of protecting children from inappropriate content and unwanted contact by adults.

May 07 2008

A warning to anyone who uses the Internet for phone service: make sure that your service provider knows your current address.

May 07 2008

Always eager to latch on to the latest issue, cons are trying to pass themselves off as the IRS and sending phishing messages like this one titled “Economic Stimulus Refund Program” that came to our Ask the AG e-mail address.

May 07 2008

Seattle City Light is warning customers about a recent telephone scam. At least four customers have reported phone calls from people claiming to be Seattle City Light employees.

May 06 2008

A Bellevue resident discovered that someone fraudulently filed her tax return and received a $34,000 refund, according to this frightening article in the Seattle P-I.

May 06 2008

The Federal Reserve Board on Friday proposed rules to prohibit unfair practices regarding credit cards and overdraft services. The rules would protect consumers from unexpected increases in the rate charged on pre-existing credit card balances and offer consumers some protections on overdraft charges.

May 06 2008

A new state government program is helping resolve disputes between manufactured home owners and their landlords. A statewide tour titled “Don’t Move It; Solve It,” is educating homeowners and landlords about their legal rights and how the Attorney General’s Office can help them resolve problems. Staff from the Attorney General’s Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program will conduct a presentation and answer questions during three forums this month in Eastern Washington.

May 02 2008

It’s been a busy week for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection High-Tech Fraud Unit, which announced three wins this week alone.

May 02 2008

Totally Free Flatscreen TV/LCD Monitor!
ABSOLUTELY FREE GIFT CARDS!
Caribbean Vacation - All Expenses Paid!!!

You can have it all for nothing! And it’s so easy! All you have to do is complete an online survey. Or sign up for a trial subscription for some service. Or spam a few friends … oops, we mean make a few “referrals.”

But did you ever think about what happens with all the information you send over the Internet? Chances are it’s being dumped into a marketing database to be sold over and over again.

Apr 23 2008

High-ranking business executives across the country have received e-mail messages in recent weeks that appear to be official subpoenas from the United States District Court in San Diego.

Apr 22 2008

Attorney General Rob McKenna, a representative from AARP and others will be in Redmond this Friday for the second leg of our popular GUARD-IT! Washington identity theft tour. Come learn how to protect yourself or your business. Frontline will be on site to destroy sensitive documents for consumers and small businesses at no charge.

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