Actually, there is quite a bit that the Washington State Attorney General can do. The Offices of the Attorneys General of the other States all work together. Their most recent effort, which is still ongoing, is the many class actions they filed together, on behalf of, and for the benefit of their respective residents against different Mortgage Lenders, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase Mortgage, just to name a few. They very often collaborate and cooperate in their efforts to rescue their citizens from different types of fraud, from scammers like the individuals and companies you encountered, to predatory Mortgage lenders, to unethical and deceptive business practices engaged in by member companies of every conceivable industry.
You should also file a formal Complaint with the State Attorney General's Office of the State in which these companies have Offices and you may also want to include on your list of government agencies to notify, the Department of State of these States also because these companies have to file Articles of Incorporation in their home State in order to do business in the form of a corporation and they also must file registrations in the other States in order to be able to do business in those States. So, you can see how and why the Departments of State of the various States would also be very interested in all information on companies which are doing business within their borders, but are really scamming their citizens out of their hard-earned money.
You should contact the Federal Trade Commission as soon as possible to file a formal Complaint. Here is the exact page for filing a formal Complaint online,
In order to give you a little more insight into the inner workings of the Federal Trade Commission, I am reprinting below, a recent statement made by the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Marketing Practices,
"The Division of Marketing Practices responds to ever-evolving problems of consumer fraud in the marketplace. The Division enforces the FTC Act and several other Federal consumer protection laws by filing FTC actions in federal district court for immediate and permanent orders to stop scams; prevent fraudsters from perpetrating scams in the future, freeze their assets; and get compensation for scam victims.
The Division's enforcement priorities include:
- shutting down high-tech Internet and telephone scams that bilk consumers out of hundreds of millions of dollars a year
- ending deceptive telemarketing or direct mail marketing schemes that use false and misleading information to take consumers' money
- stopping fraudulent business opportunity scams.;
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