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WA State Launches New Website to Fight Fraud in Tough Economy

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - In tough times, consumers feel the pinch even more when they are taken advantage of by those pretending to be legitimate businesses so Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has asked state agencies to create a central website for fraud prevention.

It is part of Washington State Consumer Protection Week.  The website lets consumers find out if a business is registered, report unlicensed businesses, as well as let businesses get a clean start by paying back taxes and registering with the state. 

The governor's office says the economic slowdown hasn't kept unlicensed moving companies and fake mortgage brokers from gouging consumers so they needed to offer a new service to help the state's citizens. 

The program and theme is part of the National Consumer Protection Week campaign. You can check out the services mentioned about at www.suspectfraud.com.

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