‘Don't do it:’ 10 businesses accused of coronavirus price gouging sent warning letters

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State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has a simple message for any businesses in New Jersey who want to try to make an inflated profit on coronavirus – “Don't do it.”

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The Division of Consumer Affairs sent warning letters to 10 businesses accused of significantly raising prices on items associated with the virus.

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The letters warned the retailers that New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act protects consumers from gross and unreasonable inflation of the price of any product in response to concerns about a public health event.

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"We have a simple message to businesses seeking to profit from public health fears: Don't do it," says Grewal. "If you do, we will hold you accountable."

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New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act warns that false statements or promises about products is also against the law.

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The letters were sent to a combination of internet retailers and brick-and-mortar businesses across the state.

Anyone who thinks they're a victim of such fraud should contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6240.

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