Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Apr 21 2011

With gas prices soaring, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the formation of the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group. That’s right … we’re talking about a bunch of government agencies monitoring oil and gas markets for potential violations of criminal or civil laws. ...

Apr 20 2011

According to the New York Times, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of life insurance policies go unclaimed each year. Why? Over time they get lost and the beneficiaries don't know the money exists. The Office of the Insurance Commissioner put together some information on finding old policies. Check out the story on the department's blog.

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 19 2011

Two scam alerts: Check N Go impersonators are contacting Washington residents regarding supposedly delinquent payday loans, reports the state Department of Financial Institutions. And the Department of Labor and Industries warns of a seasonal asphalt paving scam that may pressure you to repair your driveway. More details ...

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 14 2011

Last year, we posted a story on All Consuming about phony Internet news sites that try to sell you acai berry supplements and colon cleansers. The sites make it appear that products are being endorsed by reporters. Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commision filed suit against a Western Washington man they believe is behind such a ploy.

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 29 2011

KING 5 has a warning today about a tax scam targeting seniors.

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.

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