Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Dec 24 2007

A consumer contacted our office to question the legitimacy of the American Community Survey mailed to him by the U.S. Census Bureau.  He was concerned that the survey advised him he was compelled by law to fill it out. It asks for personal information, so he thought it might be ...

Dec 24 2007

national survey reveals return policies that may surprise some people after the holidays ...

Dec 20 2007

Spammers aren’t just hitting your computer. Today, your wireless phone is also under siege. According to one research firm, U.S. consumers together receive about 800 million unwanted text messages ...

Dec 20 2007

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered a Colorado man and a loose affiliation of companies to stop selling unapproved health insurance plans to Washington consumers. Investigators said that between 2003 and 2007, the companies sold bogus health plans or policies to 4,000 Washington residents ...

Dec 20 2007

When shopping this holiday season, check that the price scanned at the register is what you’re supposed to pay. The City of Seattle inspected 57 retail stores in November and found that three failed. During the same time frame, the state Department of Agriculture found that 18 of 88 stores in other cities failed  ...

Dec 20 2007

A new Federal Trade Commision brochure answers the question of what to do when your mortgage company closes or files for bankruptcy ...

Dec 19 2007

As merchants get busier with holiday shopping, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding them to be sure treceipts they give customers don't contain full credit or debit account numbers ...

Dec 19 2007

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning today that  property owners have received letters from National Deed Service, Inc. The letter explains that the U.S. Government Federal Citizen Information Center recommends you have a certified copy of your propery deed. ...

Dec 14 2007

December will be a bit warmer for 8,750 Washington residents. They’ll receive checks this month totaling nearly $10 million as part of last year's $325 million national settlement with former subprime lending giant Ameriquest....

Dec 13 2007

Looking for romance online? You’re next scintillating chat may be with a computer, not a human. A Russian Web site called CyberLover is advertising a software tool that it claims can simulate flirtatious chatroom exchanges. ...

Dec 13 2007

We’ve received quite a few calls and e-mails this week from consumers who received letters telling them their entitled to a refund from a settlement. Many times, letters are scams. But this is the real deal. ...

Dec 10 2007

Following on the heels of Washington and other states that have approved credit freeze laws, the nation’s three leading credit bureaus recently announced they will provide all Americans with the opportunity to freeze unwanted access to their credit history. But before you rush to sign up, there are some things you should know...

Dec 06 2007

Attorney General Rob McKenna today warned consumers to beware of possible flood-related scams including fraudulent home repair offers, phony charity pitches and cons posing as government officials. As sick as it may seem, cons like to prey on disaster situations. Washington residents are generous folks. ...

Dec 04 2007

The Washington Toxics Coalition, a nationwide coalition of environment groups, is scheduled to launch a new database Wednesday to inform parents about hazardous toys ...

Nov 29 2007

The Federal Trade Commission this week released a survey showing that 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 percent of us, were victims of identity theft in 2005. Most of those cases involved misuse of existing credit card or other accounts, while 1.8 million found that new accounts were opened or other frauds were committed using their personal identifying information.

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