Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Sep 06 2007

Nigerian anti-fraud police intercepted more than 15,000 counterfeit checks in just one month during a crackdown on cons using postal services, officials said today. Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes...

Aug 31 2007

If your Labor Day weekend plans include catching up the household chores, take note: We've scheduled free community shredding events this September and October to help you safely dispose of those old bank...

Aug 28 2007

Spam levels are peaking again with a rash of bogus e-mails that rememble online greeting cards, messages from your friends and membership confirmations. Worse, they contain viruses that can infect your...

Aug 27 2007

A Seattle Post-Intelligencer article about counterfeit checks that look so real they fool bank tellers comes as little surprise to those of us at the Attorney General’s Office. We repeatedly hear from...

Aug 27 2007

The Better Business Bureau alerted consumers today to a  telemarketing scam in which cons claiming affiliatiation with “American Standard Financial” promise to provide a student grant in return for a payment....

Aug 24 2007

Here's an update to our previous warning about recalled tires from China. Check your SUV, pickup or van to see if you have Westlake, Compass or YKS tires. If so, you may be driving on potentially unsafe...

Aug 23 2007

More batches of Chinese-made toys are being recalled because of excessive lead content. The recalled items include SpongeBob SquarePants journals, as well as spinning tops and pails featuring Thomas and...

Aug 23 2007

Some Washington consumers who donated to Veterans of Western Washington or Blind Children Services of Puget Sound will receive refunds under two court orders. Veterans of Western Washington, a sole proprietorship...

Aug 21 2007

Many people think they're too smart to fall for a scam, but according to an article in the current issue of Consumer Reports, scammers continue to lure folks into revealing personal information or sending...

Aug 17 2007

Consumer Affairs issued a warning to businesses to watch out for “Yellow Page” scams in which businesses are deceived into purchasing ads they don’t want or didn’t knowingly authorize. As the article states,...

Aug 17 2007

It’s been a while since we blogged. Many of us have been on the road with our GUARD IT! Washington identity theft tour. Professional shredding companies are offering free shredding at each of our 15 evening...

Aug 08 2007

Spammers reportedly unleashed one of the biggest online stock manipulation campaigns in history this week, increasing global spam levels by 30 percent. News reports say experts have detected about 500...

Aug 06 2007

As we previously mentioned, it’s not just our computers that are under attack. Spammers are hitting cell phones, too. AGO Media Relations Manager Kristin Alexander relates her personal frustration with...

Aug 03 2007

Imagine ordering a couple of replacement credit cards and receiving 2,000! That’s what happened to a New York man. Fortunately, he destroyed the jumbo shipments before the cards landed in the hands of...

Aug 02 2007

If you drive an SUV, pickup or van, check your tires. An estimated 270,000 tires brought into the U.S. from China may be potentially unsafe. The tires were imported by Foreign Tire Sales, of New Jersey,...

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