The Washington State Office of the Attorney General is warning the public to avoid donation scams in the wake of the mudslide tragedy. Consumers should be wary of phonecallers who claim to be taking donations, and one should not give out credit card info without verifying the identity of the caller or charity.
The Attorney General’s office has informational services to help consumers be alert to fraudulent or deceptive business practices. There is a page listing the most recent consumer alerts, including fake IRS calls and fake mudslide charity collections by phone.
March 26, 2014 > CONSUMER ALERT: Watch out for fake IRS call scam sweeping the nation
A fast-moving phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and deportation.
March 24, 2014 > CONSUMER ALERT: Wash. officials warn of consumer rip-offs by mudslide charity scams
As donors consider contributing to relief efforts for the Snohomish County mudslide tragedy, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are urging consumers to be on guard against scam artists who try to take advantage of the situation.
February 26, 2014 > “Phony utility bill” email scam heating up in Washington
A new email phishing scam making the rounds nationwide has hit Washington state, and this one is disguised as a utility bill.