Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Feb 13 2008

The Federal Trade Commission released its annual fraud and identity theft report today. Washington slipped down the ranks to 13th in the nation for identity theft complaints per capita last year ... but we bumped up to 2nd in the country for overall fraud complaints ...

Feb 12 2008

Countrywide Financial Corp. and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as ACORN, announced a plan Monday to help distressed borrowers avoid foreclosure. Meanwhile, White House officials announced "Project Lifeline" and Attorney General Rob McKenna’s requested legislation to reduce foreclosure rescue scams survived today's committee cutoff  ...

Feb 12 2008

CM Travel, based in Bellevue, must refund individuals who answered an employment ad for travel agents but instead were offered opportunities as independent contractors. The Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement today with company and its owners, resolving allegations that they violated ...

Feb 07 2008

Seven out of 10 borrowers who were seriously delinquent on their home loans in October were not receiving help to prevent the possibility of foreclosure, according to a report published Thursday the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group. ...

Feb 07 2008

Kudos to the staff at the Federal Trade Commission’s regional office in Seattle for turning the tables on an attempted phishing scam. ... Cons have now altered their messages to ask recipients to call a local “customer service” number instead ...

Feb 04 2008

A consumer wrote, “I recently visited a Seattle auto body shop for a repair estimate. They told me they only work with specific insurance companies ...

Feb 01 2008

Identity thieves keep hatching new ways to trick folks into revealing personal information. Here are three new twists on telemarketing and e-mail fraud occuring in our state ...

Feb 01 2008

Hate junk mail? Several services including the Direct Marketing Association’s newly revamped Web site allow you to remove your address from mailing lists for catalogs and more. See Attorney General Rob McKenna’s latest column for ...

Feb 01 2008

RCR Wireless News reported that Bellevue-based Intelius, Inc., shelved its cell phone directory service after being battered by public officials, corporate executives and consumers over privacy ...

Jan 29 2008

The state Department of Financial Institutions is reminding investors not to allow recent negative economic news and stock market volatility to lead them into high-risk speculative investments ...

Jan 24 2008

U.S. News & World Reports recently published an article titled "Why Shoppers Love to Hate Rebates" that helps explain why so many rebates go unfulfilled. Here’s an ...

Jan 24 2008

Washington auto dealers need to pick their business partners carefully. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division today announced our third settlement in recent months involving car advertisements. We’re seeing an increase in out-of-state firms  ...

Jan 23 2008

Drug makers Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. have suspended TV ads for Vytorin, a week after a study revealed the cholesterol drug is no more effective than a high dose of one of its components available generically at a third of the cost ...

Jan 22 2008

If you receive an e-mail from the IRS suggesting your tax refund has been delayed, don’t click on the reply link. It’s a phishing scam ...

Jan 22 2008

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is requiring AT&T to pay thousands of dollars in refunds to families of prison inmates who were overcharged for collect phone calls placed from two Eastern Washington state prisons ...

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