MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. - In response to increasing fraud attempts and consumer scams during the recession, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announces the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will co-host a “Consumer Protection Day” program on Oct. 19.

Throughout his tenure as County Executive, Hughes has made an effort to make the informational tools that residents need to empower themselves against consumer fraud available on a broad basis.

In keeping with this philosophy, Mercer County will host the Consumer Protection Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, in the Acme shopping center in Hamilton. Hughes will deliver brief remarks at the start of the program, in which representatives from Mercer County Consumer Affairs, other county offices, and federal and state consumer-related will be in attendance to provide information on how residents can be wise consumers.

“Unfortunately, the recession has given many scam artists and dishonest individuals the opportunity to take advantage of our hardworking residents,” said Hughes. “Consumer Protection Day serves as a chance where people can learn their rights before they might be victimized. It’s never too late to protect yourself.”

Topics at Consumer Protection Day will include: Internet-based scams; investment fraud; identity theft; mortgage and foreclosure fraud; telemarketing fraud; product recalls, contractor registration; home-improvement scams, and others.

Admission is free. For information, call Division of Consumer Affairs at (609) 989-6671 or County Connection at (609) 890-9800.