Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jan 16 2008

Planning to do a remodel on your home? Labor and Industries is attending home shows statewide to educate homeowners about how to check out contractors. The Attorney General's Office received more than 800 complaints last year about contractors. Be smart and choose wisely so you don't end up paying too much or fixing someone's shoddy work.

Jan 10 2008

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments on the impact and effectiveness of credit freezes as part of a multi-pronged approach to combat identity theft ...

Jan 10 2008

What happens when an identity thief has your bank account number? A British TV reporter wanted to find out. ...

Jan 04 2008

Attorney General Rob McKenna released his 2008 legislative agenda yesterday, including several important consumer protection initiatives. McKenna's agenda includes bills to guard Washington residents from identity theft, protect consumers ...

Jan 03 2008

A story from Wired Magazine, via the Seattle P-I, warns that hackers for the first time are targeting Facebook users in a scam that harvests their log-in details and passwords ...

Jan 03 2008

The Secretary of State’s Office recently alerted Washington businesses to watch out for a possible scam involving a company named National Business Registration that has sent notices ...

Jan 02 2008

The official-looking postcard in your mailbox warns that your car’s warranty is about to expire and urges you to call a toll-free number to ensure you’re covered. But think twice before you dial. These mailers are actually advertisements aimed at pressuring you into buying an expensive service contract ...

Jan 02 2008

If you’re one of those folks who still uses an antenna or rabbit ears on top of your television, pay attention ...

Dec 31 2007

You ate the holiday ham, devoured Grandma’s pumpkin pie and plunged wholeheartedly into your co-worker's bottomless candy dish. Then you stepped on the scale. Now, like much of the world, you’re resolved to hit the gym, flatten your tummy and switch from French fries to organic produce ...

Dec 31 2007

As you head to the store to exchange gifts, don’t forget to pick up this season’s must-have item – a document shredder. Mike Benbow, the Everett Herald's business guy, explains why you need one ...

Dec 28 2007

Attorney General Rob McKenna and UW economist Keith Leffler will discuss results from the first phase of the state’s ongoing investigation into gas prices and gather public comments during three evening public forums ...

Dec 28 2007

Your credit score helps lenders determine if you’re a good risk for a car loan, mortgage or credit card. Fair Isaac Corp., maker of the FICO score used by most banks and mortgage companies, is changing its formula in order to better predict the likelihood of a borrower defaulting ...

Dec 26 2007

Freddie Mac, one of the nation's largest investors in residential mortgages, has posted a video on YouTube to keep borrowers from losing their homes to cons.

Dec 26 2007

This time of year, charities are working harder than ever to obtain your donations. Because of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Washington state can’t require fundraisers to return a certain percentage of your money to their charity clients, nor can we regulate how much charities spend on overhead and marketing ...

Dec 24 2007

With college football’s bowl season kicking off this week and more than 1 million fans searching for tickets, con artists are banking on the frenzy ...

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