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Downtown Newark, NJ

Office of Consumer Protection

Cyber Fraud Unit


Office of Consumer Protection
Cyber Fraud Unit
P.O. Box 45025
Newark, New Jersey 07101
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The Cyber Fraud Unit advances the Division's consumer protection mandate by safeguarding New Jersey consumers' constitutional right to privacy in the digital age. Data security and data privacy are among the fastest-growing economic and personal concerns facing New Jersey consumers. Today, consumers provide sensitive personal information to merchants daily and with the expectation that the merchant will safeguard this information. While the vast majority of merchants operate lawfully, oftentimes there are those that seek to profit by misusing, unlawfully acquiring or unlawfully selling consumers' personal information.

As part of the Division's enforcement arm, the Unit enforces the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, which prohibits the use of unconscionable commercial practices and deception, including tracking consumers' online behavior and/or downloading malware onto consumers' computers without providing adequate notice to, and obtaining meaningful consent from, consumers. In some cases, the Unit enforces the New Jersey Computer Related Offenses Act (CROA), which prohibits, among other things, the purposeful or knowing and unauthorized access of New Jersey consumers' data, database, computer program, computer software or computer equipment; the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and regulations (COPPA) ;  the New Jersey Identity Theft Protection Act;  the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In addition, the Unit's investigators take an active role in educating consumers concerning how they can protect their personal information when using Internet-based technologies.


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Enforcement


2021

  • March 18, 2021
    AG Grewal Announces First-in-the-Nation Settlement with Ghost Gun Company
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  • March 11, 2021
    AG Grewal Announces Multistate Settlement with American Medical Collection Agency Over 2019 Data Breach
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  • January 11, 2021
    AG Grewal Announces that Florida Company Agrees to Stop Selling Large Capacity Ammunition and to Pay $135,000 to Settle Lawsuit over Sales into New Jersey
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2020

  • December 23, 2020
    AG Grewal Announces NJ’s Participation in $2.4 Million Settlement over Sabre Hospitality Solutions Data Breach
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  • December 18, 2020
    AG Grewal Joins $2 Million Settlement with Online Retailer CafePress over 2019 Data Breach
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  • November 24, 2020
    AG Grewal Announces Settlement with Home Depot over Data Breach that Compromised Personal Data of Millions – NJ to Receive more than $579,000 Share of $17.5 Million Settlement
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  • November 24, 2020
    AG Grewal Announces Settlement with Home Depot over Data Breach that Compromised Personal Data of Millions – NJ to Receive more than $579,000 Share of $17.5 Million Settlement
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  • November 2, 2020
    AG Grewal Announces ShopRite, Wakefern to Pay $235,000 and Improve Data Security in Settlement over Privacy Lapses at Supermarket Pharmacies
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  • October 20, 2020
    AG Grewal Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month by Urging Vigilance as Data Breaches, Internet Fraud, and Online Threats to Children Rise During COVID Emergency
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  • October 8, 2020
    AG Grewal: NJ Reaches Settlement with Community Health Systems over Data Breach
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  • September 10, 2020
    Nevada Firearms Dealer Will Stop Selling Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines into New Jersey and Pay $50,000 to Settle Lawsuit After Illegal Online Sales to Undercover State Investigators
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  • September 3, 2020
    AG Grewal: NJ Resolves Anthem Data Breach Investigation for Over $500,000 and Policy Changes at the Health Insurance Company
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  • August 22, 2020
    Division of Consumer Affairs Brings First Action to Enforce State’s Fantasy Sports Law
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2019

  • October 31, 2019
    NJ Announces New “Cyber Savvy Youth”  Initiative to Keep Kids Safe Online and Releases Annual Statistics on Cyber Breaches
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  • August 22, 2019
    AG Grewal Announces New Agreement with Telecom Companies To Combat Illegal and Unwanted Robocalls  
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  • June 19, 2019
    Attorney General Grewal Files First State Lawsuit Against Company for Selling Large Capacity Magazines into NJ  
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  • March 22, 2019
    AG Grewal Files First State Lawsuit Against “Ghost Gun”  Company for Offering Untraceable Guns in NJ  
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2018

  • December 10, 2018
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Announces Settlement with EmblemHealth Over Sensitive Personal Information Breach 
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  • November 2, 2018
    Defunct Georgia Vendor Responsible for Exposing Virtua Medical Group Patient Files Online Agrees to $200,000 Settlement  
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  • October 23, 2018
    NJ Releases Annual Statistics on Cyber Breaches; Reminds Residents to Protect their Online Privacy During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month  
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  • October 10, 2018
    AG Grewal Reaches Settlement with Aetna over Privacy Violations  
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  • September 26, 2018
    AG Grewal Announces Historic Settlement Resolving Uber Data Breach  
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  • August 3, 2018
    Operator of Teen Social Website Breached by Hacker Agrees to Close Site and Reform Practices to Settle Allegations it Violated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act  
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  • June 6, 2018
    Third-party Energy Supplier IDT Energy, Inc. Enters into $1.36 Million Settlement with the State to Resolve Allegations It Preyed on Consumers During the Harsh Winter of 2014​  
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  • May 8, 2018
    NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Announces $100,000 Settlement with App Developer Resolving Investigation Into Alleged Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Law  
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  • April 4, 2018
    Virtua Medical Group Agrees to Pay Nearly $418,000, Tighten Data Security to Settle Allegations of Privacy Lapses Concerning Medical Treatment Files of Patients  
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2017

  • November 17, 2017
    N.J. Residents Deceived into Paying Scammers via Western Union Can Apply for Compensation from Settlement Fund  
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  • Octob​er 30, 2017
    NJ Releases Annual Statistics on Cyber Breaches for the First Time  
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  • September 15, 2017
    New Jersey Joins Multi-State Call for Equifax to Disable Fee-Based Monitoring Services, Reimburse Fees for Security Freezes 
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  • February 17, 2017
    Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey Agrees to Pay $1.1 Million, Tighten Data Security to Settle Allegations of Privacy Lapses Concerning Personal Information of Policyholders  
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  • February 6, 2017
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Federal Trade Commission Reach $2.5 Million Settlement with Smart TV Manufacturer to Settle Allegations of Invasive Data Collection  
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2015

  • September 9, 2015
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Obtains Settlement with Mobile App Developer That Allegedly Collected Consumer Information without Notice and Consent in Violation of State Law  
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  • June 29, 2015
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Reach Settlement with Developer of Mobile App that Allegedly Hacked New Jersey Smartphones with Harmful Malware  
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  • May 26, 2015
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Obtains Settlement with Developer of Bitcoin-Mining Software Found to Have Accessed New Jersey Computers Without Users' Knowledge or Consent  
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2013

  • November 23, 2013
    Acting Attorney General Announces Settlement Resolving Allegations That Maker of "Dokobots"   App Violated Children's Online Privacy Rules  
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  • November 21, 2013
    Acting Attorney General Announces Settlement Resolving Allegations Data Company Engaged in Online "History Sniffing"  
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  • November 19, 2013
    Acting Attorney General Announces $1 Million Settlement Resolving Consumer Fraud, Unlawful Access Claims Against Online Gaming Company  
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  • November 18, 2013
    New Jersey Joins Multi-State Settlement that Resolves Allegations Google Breached Privacy Settings on Safari Browsers  
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  • July 25, 2013
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Obtains Million-Dollar Settlement with Online Advertising Company Accused of Overriding Consumers' Privacy Settings Without Consent  
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