Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Apr 20 2011

Last week, we shared a KING 5 report about a Washington man accused of creating fake news sites to peddle acai berry weight-loss products. Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is taking action to halt 10 operators of these bogus sites. Documents filed in six federal courts seek to permanently bar the allegedly deceptive claims and to require the companies to provide money for refunds to consumers who purchased supplements. ...

Apr 18 2011

I received two phishing emails at work this morning – one feigning to be from Bank of America and the other from Wells Fargo.

Apr 18 2011

The Washington Attorney General’s Office cautions homeowners about paying to participate in a “mass joinder” lawsuit promising mortgage relief.

Apr 12 2011

Income tax identity theft scams have tripled in the last five years.

Apr 11 2011

Thinking of paying someone to do a little work around the house? The state Department of Labor and Industries is reminding homeowners to check out contractors they’re considering hiring for remodeling projects.

Apr 06 2011

Six months into our investigation into unlawful business practices by foreclosure trustees, the Washington Attorney General’s Office announced that it has uncovered an additional widespread problem that jeopardizes homeowners’ chances of stopping a foreclosure.

Apr 05 2011

The recent theft of millions of email addresses from online marketing firm Epsilon means many of us will likely receive targeted phishing e-mails. Before you panic, here’s my take on it: Your risk of becoming an identity theft victim is low – provided you apply an extra dose of caution and know how to recognize fraudulent e-mails...

Mar 31 2011

stethoscopeThe Washington Attorney General’s Office is suing an online seller of stethoscopes for sales practices that caused consumers substantial heartache.

 

Mar 30 2011

From sea to shining sea, scammers are preying on those pursuing the American dream. Cons, businesses and even unscrupulous attorneys are ogling the wallets of immigrants seeking green cards. For those seeking the right to live in the United States, the path to citizenship can be blocked by bad legal advice or blatant fraud ...

Mar 25 2011

On today’s menu of consumer news you can use … a warning about storage insurance policy exemptions, a tip to protect soldiers from ID theft, and a heads up on ring tones that don't ... you know ... ring.

Mar 23 2011

A controversial new government Web site, www.saferproducts.gov allows anyone to post information about a product believed to be hazardous. Those reports are shared with manufacturers and can also be searched by the public.

Mar 17 2011

Reach out to your loved ones in Japan -- for free. Responding to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are providing free phone calls and texts to the country, as well as access to Japanese news broadcasts.

Mar 16 2011

Want to own a piece of  Facebook  or  Twitter ? Plenty of scammers would love to you sell you non-existent shares of well-known social media companies,  warns the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority  (FINRA). Scammers follow headlines, such as the fact that Facebook’s privately held shares are now  trading on

Mar 15 2011

Health Net Inc., informed the Washington Attorney General’s Office on Monday that “approximately 39,877 Washington residents” may be affected by its latest data breach.

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