NJ businesses warned of rising prices for COVID home test kits

New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced Friday that more than 50 warning letters had been sent to businesses in the Garden State by the Consumer Affairs Division after those businesses’ prices for home COVID-19 test kits have drawn complaints from buyers. .

Although a full list of businesses and their numbers were not provided, the attorney general’s office said they included pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores.

New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, the OAG said in a statement, “protects consumers from gross and unreasonable inflation in the selling price of any product sought by consumers to respond to or protect against a public health crisis.” .

While the DCA didn’t say whether any of the companies had ever broken the law, Bruck said “we let retailers know if consumers complain about their prices and we make sure they understand that we won’t hesitate. not to take action.” although the penalties the companies could face are unclear.

The OAG is also warning New Jerseyans to be alert to COVID testing scams, observing that fraudulent tests not approved by the FDA and not promised to provide accurate results have made the rounds.

Anyone who believes they have been duped by a COVID scam, or is the victim of a COVID-related price gouging, is encouraged to file a complaint online including as much information as possible, including available photographs.

Consumers can also call 1-800-242-5846 to receive a complaint form by mail.

Patrick Lavery is the New Jersey 101.5 afternoon news anchor. follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com.

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