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

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.”

News 12 Staff

Mar 6, 2020, 11:56 AM

Updated 1,536 days ago

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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.
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.
"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.
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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