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TRENTON, N.J.
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mercer County residents are being warned to beware of unscrupulous contractors and scammers.

Scams are common following storms of this magnitude, said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, because homeowners are eager to get repairs under way. “Before entering into any contract, I urge homeowners to be skeptical and to investigate whether the contractor is licensed, insured and registered,” he said.

The Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs offers the following additional tips for residents who are considering hiring a contractor:
  • Call the Division of Consumer Affairs to learn whether the contractor has been the subject of any consumer complaints.
  • Demand a written contract. Don’t sign or pay for anything unless you understand and agree to all of the terms and conditions, including the fine print. Be sure to carefully review the list of materials that will be used.
  • Never pay the full price up-front.
  • Demand ID from anyone who claims to be from a utility company and wishes to inspect your home.
  • Never give your credit card number to strangers over the phone or Internet.
For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs at (609) 989-6671 or go to www.mercercounty.org. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (800) 242-5846 or by visiting www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov.