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Holiday shopping season is in full swing! Tips for taking on “Black Friday”

“Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, is known to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Blockbuster savings entice consumers to spend their hard-earned money. Every year, the Office of the Attorney General releases tips to help Washington consumers arm themselves with information to savvy shoppers as they walk through the mall doors.

 


(Everything Else)
Last updated by Holly Martinez at 11/26/2014 1:01:20 PM

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Microsoft tech support scammers are at it again!

Tech scammers have been around for years and while some companies are caught, new ones continually pop up claiming to be popular and trusted software companies.
(Internet Safety, Scams)
Last updated by Holly Martinez at 10/30/2014 12:04:13 PM

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Skip the tricks this October and treat yourself to a few cyber-protection tips from the AGO and BBB

Save yourself some scary surprises this October by being extra careful online. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as part of a global cybersecurity awareness campaign, Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ to help digital citizens stay safe online.
(Internet Safety, Scams)
Last updated by Holly Martinez at 10/30/2014 12:12:40 PM

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Hyped up 'travel deals' give consumers a bad trip

Many Washingtonians, especially in the Seattle area, have notified the AGO that they have received postcards promising complimentary flights and discounted travel. After further investigation, the AGO has found that the postcards offer nothing more than overpriced access to common, easily-accessible travel agency memberships.First seen in the 1990s, these “travel club” middlemen contact consumers through mail, over the phone, or online in hopes of luring consumers to call a toll-free number and use a promo code provided in the initial contact.
(Scams)
Last updated by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 8/11/2014 3:59:36 PM

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Toyota doesn't fess up, gets slapped with $1.2 billion fine

The federal government today levied a record $1.2 billion penalty against Toyota for misleading the public and government regulators about the company’s problems with unintended acceleration in its vehicles caused by floor mat and “sticky gas pedal” issues.
(Cars)
Last updated by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 3/20/2014 5:59:07 PM

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National Consumer Protection Week puts focus on ways AGO can help consumers

A key priority for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is to safeguard consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices.

During National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8, the AGO wants to highlight multiple ways the office can help consumers from an informal complaint resolution service to suing bad actors and providing scam prevention tips.


(Internet Safety, Identity Theft, National Consumer Protection Week)
Last updated by SES - ISD at 5/29/2014 4:18:38 PM

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Have You Heard About Tax Identity Theft?

Ready for tax season? If you haven’t heard about tax identity theft, you may not be.

Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information — like your Social Security number — to get a tax refund from the IRS. It also can happen when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return. Tax identity theft is the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission. The IRS says tax identity theft is a top priority and says it has hired new staff, explored new technologies, and adopted new procedures to fight it.


(Identity Theft)
Last updated by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 1/27/2014 9:45:36 AM

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Cyber Monday consumers: Tips to shop wisely online

Building off the momentum of Black Friday, Cyber Monday has quickly become the biggest online shopping day of the year. Retailers across the country entice consumers with deep discounts.

These post-Thanksgiving sales may offer great deals, but the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) encourages consumers to click ‘buy’ with caution. These simple tips will make sure you and your computer stay safe online.


(Internet Safety, Scams, Identity Theft)
Last updated by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 12/5/2013 11:19:06 AM

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Black Friday shoppers: Be savvy, not sorry by following these simple tips

After families have stuffed themselves full of turkey on Thanksgiving Day, they head to bed, and often wake before dawn for the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday is known for its blockbuster savings that entice consumers to spend their hard earned money.
(Internet Safety, Scams, Identity Theft)
Last updated by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 11/27/2013 10:07:24 AM

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Maintain state power to protect public from toxic chemicals in products

This special to the Bellingham Herald was published November 20, 2013.

By Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

You might reasonably assume that the federal government regulates and tests most of the chemicals found in our children’s toys, household products, and other consumer goods to make sure they are safe. They do not. In response, states like Washington stepped up with stronger chemical safety state laws to protect consumers and the environment from the impacts of toxic chemicals.


(Product Safety)
Last updated by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 11/27/2013 10:08:35 AM

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