CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -In response to increasing fraud attempts and consumer scams, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs will once again host a Consumer Rights Conference, “Scams and the Current Economy.”

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 Rights Conference on Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton. On hand will be representatives from the Mercer County Consumer Affairs Division and the Prosecutor’s Office, who will address topics of foreclosure rescue scams; high-pressure sales scams; home improvement contracting fraud, e-mail scams, identity theft and more.

“Unfortunately, many of these scam artists are very good at what they do, and we’ve seen even the most savvy people get conned or tricked into giving away money or personal information,” Hughes said. “If you’ve been victimized, I urge you to report the incident. You are not alone, I promise you that.”

Hughes added that it is “never too late to protect yourself” from being victimized. Professionals at the conference will explain the steps to protect yourself and offer ways that you might be able to recover your losses. “Scam artists are constantly reinventing their techniques to convince would-be victims to part with their money or information. At this conference, you’ll learn how to spot the red flags,” Hughes said.

The Consumer Rights Conference is one in a series of efforts by the County to improve consumers’ ability to safeguard from fraud and scams.  Other successful county initiatives include random gas station inspections, weighing staple grocery items to ensure accurate pricing, and increased circulation of fraud alerts via the County website.

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