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New Jersey Consumer Fraud Lawyers Notice Increase in “Imposter Scams”


Consumer fraud is rampant, and most people are careful to take measures to protect themselves. But as people become more savvy about this kind of crime, those who commit these acts find new and creative ways to take advantage of victims. “Imposter scams” are on the rise. If you have ever received a call from someone pretending to be a friend or a relative in dire need of money fast, then you may have been an intended victim of an imposter scam. There are many types of fraud that can affect consumers. In 2016 alone there were more than three million complaints filed to the Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN), an online database for consumer complaints used by law enforcement agencies. » Read More

Horizon Fined Over $1 Million for Failing to Protect Customer Information


On Friday, the New Jersey State Attorney General’s office announced that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield would be fined over $1 million for failing to protect customers’ personal information. In 2013, two company laptops were stolen from their company headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. Customer information contained on the laptops included names, addresses, birthdates, insurance identification numbers, some Social Security numbers, and limited medical information, which apparently was not encrypted. The state Division of Consumer Affairs discovered the lack of encryption for the personal information. It was also found that the employees whose laptops were stolen should never have had access to the confidential customer information in the first place. Now Horizon must pay over $1 million in penalties for » Read More

Yahoo Warns Users About Malicious Account Activity


Yahoo is warning users about malicious account activity after the discovery that hackers infiltrated accounts via forged cookies. An investigation showed evidence of this latest data breach, which puts the financial and health care records, as well as privacy information of users, in jeopardy. It is suspected that since the intruders developed this series of viable cookies, it means that they may have also stolen parts of Yahoo’s supposedly secure network infrastructure. The personal data, reached by the forged cookies, is located, and then sold on the black market. Although Yahoo invalidated the cookies and regularly monitors and upgrades their security measures, they fear that there may be additional data breaches if the hackers do indeed have access to their » Read More

Dentist Fined for Portraying Deceased Colleague


A dentist from Short Hills, Essex County, New Jersey was fined for portraying a deceased colleague by the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 58-year-old dentist will be fined over $1 million for impersonating another dentist and for submitting false bills to Medicaid. A 50-year exclusion from participating in federal health care programs was also imposed on the perpetrator. Back in 1999, the dentist’s license was originally revoked for billing concerns, and then in 2004, his license was permanently suspended for continuing to run his practice. From 2005 to 2012, he continued running his practice that contained several locations in Essex County, Hudson County, and Union County. In 2012, he was charged for health » Read More

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers: Three Categories of Defective Product Claims 


When a product is defective in some way, and you become injured as a result, you may be able to file a defective product liability claim. Before you initiate your claim, however, it is in your best interest to have a general understanding of the types of product liability claims so that you can have the best outcome when filing your claim. In each of the categories below, you must be able to prove that the defective product caused the injury, and not your careless or improper use of the product. Three Categories of Product Liability  Defectively Manufactured Products – This is a product that is flawed or defective because of an error at the factory or the place where » Read More

New Jersey Consumer Fraud Lawyers: New Rule Strengthens Internet Privacy Safeguards


Millions of Americans have had their privacy violated online according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). New Jersey consumer fraud lawyers warn that these breaches can cause lasting damage. When internet users reveal their personal information online, their identity can be stolen, wreaking havoc on credit scores and financial stability. In an effort to ward off that threat, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted on a new rule that gives broadband customers greater control over how their personal information can be used and shared by internet service providers (ISPs). The measure – which was opposed by trade groups representing many ISPs – could mark a turning point in the effort to protect privacy online. Whenever a website seeks » Read More

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