Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Aug 01 2007

This just hit the presses. Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys, including Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters, because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. Under current regulations,...

Aug 01 2007

We settled a case last week concerning the refund and cancellation policies of Titleist Meats, which sells meat products door to door in Washington. Under the agreement, Titleist agreed to provide buyers...

Jul 31 2007

Identity thieves “phish” online for personal information. Their latest scam is to send e-mail messages that appear to come from government agencies and suggest you are owed an income tax refund or are...

Jul 31 2007

When you’re out and about and need a phone number or address, you probably call 411. And your telephone provider probably charges you for the call. Here are a couple of directory information services you...

Jul 27 2007

Did you know your credit score is factored into your insurance rate? The Federal Trade Commission recently conducted a study and found that these scores are effective predictors of the claims that consumers...

Jul 27 2007

If you had trouble canceling your America Online (AOL) service in the past, you may be owed money. AOL agreed to issue customer refunds as part of a $3 million nationwide settlement with state attorneys...

Jul 26 2007

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) took the first step toward adopting new standards that will apply to independent brokers and lenders who provide subprime adjustable-rate...

Jul 25 2007

If you receive a telephone voice mail from someone claiming to with the state Department of Revenue, listen carefully. The Washington State Department of Revenue issued a statewide alert today that local...

Jul 23 2007

A Lakewood music teacher was the target of anattempted scam that proves that cons continue to find new ways to trick people into sending money.As with other versions of this increasingly popular form of...

Jul 17 2007

If you’re one of the 12,000 Washington residents who financed a home with an Ameriquest loan, it’s time to sort through your mail. The company will pay $9.1 million to Washington homeowners as part of...

Jul 13 2007

Thousands of Washington apartment homes and hotels may be especially vulnerable to fire. The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office says up to 500,000 fire sprinkler heads in Washington may be defective...

Jul 13 2007

We recently warned about a new scam targeting small business owners in our state. Cons claiming to be federal government representatives used coercive tactics to hawk labor law posters in Tacoma.Businesses...

Jul 06 2007

Sunny days bring home repairs and home repair scams. If a seemingly nice “contractor” stops by your home or business with an offer to repair your driveway, watch out. Scammers have been reported in communities...

Jul 03 2007

Facing potential foreclosure is traumatic enough. But approach any offer of assistance with caution. Some unscrupulous people, under the guise of helping, aim to cheat struggling homeowners out of any...

Jun 27 2007

The recent arrest of “Spam King” Robert Alan Soloway by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle came as a relief to many consumers and those in the tech security community. But for every spammer in the slammer,...

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