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By Susan Draper | Agent in Olympia, WA
  • Washington State Capital at Work Against Fraud

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Olympia  |  March 26, 2009 10:21 AM  |  1,481 views  |  No comments

    Washington State Department of Revenue is giving consumers online tools to check up on businesses and contractors before signing a contract or writing a check.

    To assist consumers in checking out businesses before they commit their hard-earned dollars, the Department of Revenue, in cooperation with the Department of Labor&Industries, Employment Security, Attorney General’s Office, Secretary of State, Department of Financial Institutions, Utilities and Transportation Commission, Department of Licensing, and Office of the Insurance Commissioner, set up a central web site, www.suspectfraud.com provide links to consumer fraud services.

    Links on www.suspectfraud.com allow consumers to check whether businesses are registered and licensed with the state and to report them if they are not. 

    "We don't want your pain to be their gain," said Department of Revenue Communications Director Mike Gowrylow. Consumers also can check to see if a registered business owes the state taxes, has had complaints filed against it, or is the subject of state enforcement actions. Washington consumers filed 25,197 written complaints with the Attorney General’s Office in 2008 – the greatest number since 2002.

    Visitors also can verify the legitimacy of charity fundraisers, and report fraud involving a variety of industries, such as banks, child support, insurance, unemployment and workers’ compensation, vehicle titles, and medical services.

    "Check with the State Before it's Too Late" at SuspectFraud.com or call 1-800-647-7706.

    Hope you find this useful.

    Susan Draper 360-539-1820

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