Assembly Committee Clears Anti-Phishing Act

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Assemblyman Jon Bramnick

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick

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”

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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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