May 15, 2014 - Wasden Warns Idahoans of IRS Agent Telephone Scam
(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans about threatening phone calls allegedly from agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
January 13, 2014 - Attorney General Encourages Target Customers to Consider Free Credit Monitoring Offer
(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says Idaho consumers should consider a free credit monitoring offer Target Corp. is now making available to all its customers.
November 21, 2013 - Wasden Warns Non-Profits of Donation Scam
(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idaho non-profit organizations to be on the lookout for overpayment donation scams.
March 1, 2013 - Collection Scam Targets Idaho Utility Customers
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idaho businesses and consumers to be wary of telephone calls demanding immediate payment of utility bills. Wasden said Idaho Power notified his office that several customers have received threatening phone calls.
July 9, 2012 - Prepaid Cash Cards Lottery Scam Won’t End With the First Loss
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans that lottery and sweepstakes scams have taken on a new format that sounds safe, but isn’t, and can lead to continued financial losses.
June 30, 2012 - Attorney General Warns of Scam Risks in Wake of Wildfires
As an aggressive fire season blazes across the Idaho and the western United States, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warns consumers that scams often follow natural disasters. Typical schemes involve home repair and construction fraud, deceptive door-to-door sales, fake government inspectors, and solicitations for fraudulent charities.
February 21, 2012 - Wasden Warns of Reported Mortgage Settlement Scams
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today warned Idahoans to be cautious of scam phone calls and e-mails related to the recent multistate mortgage servicer settlement. Citizens throughout the country have reported to the multistate group that they have been contacted by callers claiming to have a list of consumers who are eligible for money from the settlement.
December 8, 2011 - Attorney General notifies Idahoans of Independent Foreclosure Reviews
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently began its independent foreclosure review, and borrowers have until April 30, 2012, to submit their requests for restitution, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Borrowers should have already received letters from their servicers explaining how to request a review of their case.
August 24, 2011 - Wasden Warns About Mortgage Lawsuit Solicitation
A company called Corvus Law Group is mailing ads to Idaho homeowners inviting them to join scam lawsuits against their mortgage lenders, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warned today. The ads look like government forms and claim homeowners can get large principal reductions or other monetary relief if they join the lawsuit.
August 22, 2011 - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden Warns Idaho Consumers Not To Respond to Fraudulent Banking Messages
The Attorney General’s Office has received many reports recently regarding phone calls and text messages claiming to be from various financial institutions, including Wells Fargo Bank, Boise Federal Credit Union and Home Federal Bank.
April 5, 2011 - Epsilon Marketing Data Breach Requires Extra Email Caution
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued a consumer alert today regarding the March 30th data breach at Epsilon Marketing, an Irving, Texas-based email marketing firm. According to Epsilon, hackers accessed its corporate clients’ records, which contained consumers’ names and email addresses. With more than 2,500 clients, Epsilon sends over 40 billion marketing emails annually. Law enforcement and Epsilon security are investigating the breach.
March 7, 2011 - More Idahoans Report Losing Money in Grandparent Scam
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is urging Idahoans to be extremely cautious of telephone calls from “family members” making urgent pleas for money. Three Idaho citizens contacted the Attorney General’s Office and reported losing thousands of dollars to the grandparent scam in just the last two weeks, Wasden said.
June 15, 2010 - Grandparent Scam Continues in Idaho
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says his office continues to receive complaints from Idaho senior citizens and their families reporting attempts to cheat the grandparents out of money in what is known as the “grandparent scam.” Wasden warned grandparents not to wire money to callers claiming to be their grandchildren.
May 19, 2010 - Wasden Warns of Forensic Mortgage Loan Audits
A new type of foreclosure “rescue” scam has infected Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. Using half-truths and outright lies, so-called “forensic loan auditors” are exploiting financially strapped homeowners who are desperate to save their homes from foreclosure.
June 10, 2009 - Grandparent Scam Surfaces in Idaho
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says his office has received several calls from Idaho senior citizens reporting attempts to cheat them out of money in the “grandparent scam.” Wasden warned grandparents not to wire money to callers claiming to be their grandchildren.
February 2, 2009 - Bank Card “Phishing” Scams with New Twists Target Idahoans
Criminals trying to obtain credit and debit card numbers have expanded their attack on Idaho consumers, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warned today.
January 23, 2009 - Wasden: “Bank of Cascade” Text Messages are Fraudulent, Do Not Respond
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warned consumers not to respond to text messages claiming to be from Bank of the Cascades.
December 22, 2008 - Fraudulent Auto Ads on Autotrader.com
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warns Idaho consumers to be cautious of an unknown individual selling luxury cars advertised on Autotrader.com.
October 2, 2008 - Voting is Your Right and It’s Free
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa warn Idahoans not to be misled by fee-based offers for voter registration.
February 12, 2008 - Attorney General Encourages Helicopter School Students to Contact his Office
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden urges students of Silver State Helicopters to file a complaint with his Consumer Protection Division if they paid for instruction they did not receive due to the school’s closure.
December 11, 2007 - Consumers may voluntarily freeze their credit reports
Idaho consumers concerned about the risk of identity theft should consider placing a voluntary freeze on their credit reports, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
June 20, 2007 - Attorney General and Department of Finance Warn of “Foreclosure Rescue” Schemes
Idahoans facing foreclosure on a home mortgage should be wary of fraudulent “foreclosure rescue” scams, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Department of Finance Director Gavin Gee said.
April 20, 2007 - "Free" Meds Not Always Free
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today cautioned Idahoans about companies that charge fees to help consumers obtain free or discount prescription medicine.
February 8, 2006 - State Officials Urge Seniors to be Cautious When Choosing a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Plan
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Idaho Department of Insurance Director Gary Smith and Idaho Commission on Aging Administrator Lois Bauer are urging Idaho senior citizens to carefully review Medicare prescription drug benefit plans prior to enrolling in a plan.
September 1, 2005 - Fraud Often Follows Disaster, Wasden Warns
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued a consumer alert today in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy that has struck many Gulf Coast communities.
February 22, 2005 - Newest e–mail Scam Hits Close to Home for Idaho Representative
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Representative Steve Smylie are warning Idahoans about a new e–mail scam. The e–mail tells recipients they have inherited money from the late Governor Robert Smylie's estate and requests that the recipient contact the sender.
January 19, 2005 - Wasden Says Use Caution When Searching for Scholarships
Idaho's college-bound students and their parents should use caution when searching for scholarships, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
April 1, 2004 - Fraudulent Medicare Drug Card Solicitations Reported
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho Commission on Aging today warned senior citizens about fraud related to the new Medicare discount drug cards.
February 10, 2004 - Do not respond to e–mails requesting private financial information
Idahoans should not reply to e–mails requesting passwords, credit card or personal account information, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.
June 20, 2003 - Wasden Warns Idahoans Regarding Latest e–mail Scam
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warned Idahoans about an e–mail message with the subject "Best Buy Order Fraud Alert."
April 29, 2003 - Foreign Check Counterfeiters Active in Idaho
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and United States Attorney for Idaho Tom Moss warned Idahoans to be extremely cautious when selling high-value items to foreigners over the Internet.
March 21, 2003 - Attorney General Wasden Warns of Likely Identity Theft Scam
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warned Idahoans about an apparent identity theft scam sent to potential victims via e–mail.
March 12, 2003 - Vista Optical Closes Idaho Stores
The Attorney General has learned that Vista Optical has closed its stores throughout the State of Idaho. As a result, some Idaho citizens report they have been unable to obtain glasses or other products for which they have paid.
February 25, 2003 - Attorney General Wasden Warns of New Nigerian Scam
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warns Idahoans of a scheme that can cost victims thousands of dollars if they are duped into wiring money to con-artists in Nigeria.
January 28, 2003 - Be Wary of e–mail Pyramid Schemes
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden warns Idaho consumers to avoid what appear to be illegal pyramid and chain letter schemes being promoted primarily through e–mail "spam.".