Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Sep 28 2007

A reminder for everyone who signed up for the national Do Not Call Registry back in 2003 when it was created: It’s time to renew your spot on the list. Numbers are flushed after five years. About half...

Sep 26 2007

A couple of interesting tidbits from our local consumer news reporters: You can’t put a price on love, but apparently you can insure it. KOMO TV reports that because of all the things that can go wrong,...

Sep 26 2007

Good news for low-income folks in need of legal help. The Northwest Justice Project, the largest statewide legal aid program in Washington, will open three new offices in Port Angeles, Aberdeen, and Longview...

Sep 25 2007

Actor J.K. Simmons  (“Law & Order” and “Spider-Man”) and Montana State Auditor John Morrison teamed up to film a documentary aimed at preventing investor fraud, the Missoulian newspaper reported. Their...

Sep 25 2007

The Better Business Bureau in Spokane issued a consumer alert yesterday regarding a caller claiming to be a Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce representative and, later, a school employee while asking a Central...

Sep 25 2007

Consumeraffairs.com posted a troubling story today about an English woman whose credit card was used by an identity thief. While the scenario isn’t new, the outcome includes valuable advice for consumers....

Sep 24 2007

MSNBC.com has a helpful article today about 10 things that most travel insurance programs don’t cover. Chances are you haven’t thought of some of these scenarios, including pregnancy, death of a pet, local...

Sep 24 2007

Good news for consumers who need to protect themselves from identity theft. TransUnion announced last week that it will allow consumers nationwide the ability to freeze access to their credit reports starting...

Sep 24 2007

The Baltimore Sun ran an interesting article yesterday about a new trend in radio commercials. Stations are selling blocks of time to mortgage brokers and others who produce their own talk shows intended...

Sep 21 2007

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of 1 million cribs made by Simplicity, Inc., that feature the Simplicity and Graco brands. The drop-side in some cribs can...

Sep 21 2007

Don’t be fooled. There’s only one official Web site where you can order your free annual credit report, but many copycats. Consumer Reports WebWatch recently examined Web sites that advertise “free” credit...

Sep 20 2007

Users of Skype, the VOIP service, are being hit with a virus spread by fake instant messages. The security team at Skype as of Sept. 11 was working with domain owners to shut down malicious sites. The...

Sep 20 2007

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that more than 200 warning letters have been sent to lenders, brokers, and publishers about deceptive mortgage advertisements that appear in newspapers and...

Sep 18 2007

Summer has flown by and many college students are headed back to school. Some will be moving into their first apartments. Just as you need to study for your classes, you should do your homework before...

Sep 07 2007

Here’s an important warning for folks who swap music files and downloads using peer-to-peer file sharing software – don’t store sensitive documents on your computer. Identity thieves may be able to see...

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