The purposes of the Statewide Working Group include the coordination of statewide efforts to investigate and prosecute post-Sandy fraud.
File a Complaint with the Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group

New Jersey Attorney General's
Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group

New Jerseyans have shown great resilience and generosity towards each other in the days and months since Superstorm Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. However, natural disasters are known to attract their share of con artists and frauds, most notably:

  1. Home Repair Fraud
  2. Insurance Fraud
  3. Charity Fraud

New Jersey's Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group, created by Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and housed within the Office of the State Attorney General, is New Jersey's central clearinghouse for data-gathering, investigation, and prosecution of civil and criminal fraud related to Superstorm Sandy and the disaster recovery process.

"New Jersey and the Attorney General's Office have fought hard against alleged scammers in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and we will not permit profiteers to deceive the public by scamming those who need to repair their homes, committing insurance fraud, or making deceptive appeals for charitable donations."

                                  – New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa

The Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group consists of representatives of the State Division of Criminal Justice, State Division of Consumer Affairs, State Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, New Jersey State Police, and the Atlantic County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County prosecutor's offices.

Fraud Victims and Witnesses:

If you believe you are a victim of fraud, or have information about alleged fraud committed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, please contact the Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group directly at SandyFraud@njdcj.org or 855-SANDY39 (855-726-3939).
Consumers:
If you are seeking information on how to protect yourself against fraud during the post-Sandy recovery period, please refer to the Consumer Briefs and other resources provided on this website.
Know the facts about:
  • Home Repair Fraud
    Home improvement contractors in New Jersey are required to register with the State Division of Consumer Affairs.  Other professionals – electrical contractors; fire and burglar alarm installers and locksmiths; heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors, and master plumbers – must be licensed by one of the State's professional licensing boards.

  • Insurance Fraud
    The mission of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) is to conduct full and fair investigations to ensure successful criminal prosecutions, civil adjudications, licensing sanctions or other appropriate dispositions and to serve as the focal point for the coordination of all anti-insurance fraud activities statewide.

  • Charity Fraud
    New Jersey's Charitable Registration & Investigation Act, N.J.S.A. 45:17A-18 et seq. (CRI Act). The Charities Act ensures that all charitable fundraising is conducted with transparency, and requires that organizations provide accurate, truthful information when soliciting donations from the public.

  • Flood-Damaged Vehicles
    The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) noted a nearly 6,000 percent spike in flood-damaged and salvage vehicle titles processed during the three months immediately following Superstorm Sandy. It is not illegal to sell a vehicle that has been damaged by flooding – but the seller is required by law to fully disclose the past damage and the vehicle's true condition.

  • Price Gouging
    The State Division of Consumer Affairs received an unprecedented number of complaints about price gouging during the days immediately following Superstorm Sandy's landfall. New Jersey's price gouging statute, N.J.S.A. 56:8-107 et seq., prohibits excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency.  The law provides a specific definition for excessive price increases, and makes allowance for merchants that face additional costs during the emergency.


BE INFORMED!

Visit the links below for information about particular contractors, charities, or flood-titled vehicles.


 
 Call 855-Sandy39