WESTFIELD – On Thursday, Assembly Conference Leader Jon Bramnick and his colleagues on the Consumer Affairs Committee unanimously passed the Anti- Phishing Act, which aims to protect millions of New Jerseyans from identity theft on the internet.
“The Anti-Phishing Act will punish those who try to get our credit card numbers, passwords and other account information on the Internet,” says Bramnick, R-Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset. “The act will make the Internet a safer environment for our residents and raise awareness of these unlawful practices. This bill is an important step towards keeping our families and businesses safe from criminals on the Internet”
Phishing, which occurs when Internet users are lured into giving sensitive information such as credit card numbers and passwords through e-mail solicitation, has become one of the most widespread forms of identity theft on the Internet.
The Anti-Phishing Act will prohibit any fraudulent activity where personal information is exchanged to an entity that is disguised as a trustworthy business. The bill, A-2538, is sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington and Camden), Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester and Camden), Assemblyman Jack Conners (D-Burlington and Camden) and Bramnick.
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