Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes cited recent instances of home improvement contracting fraud, such as the robbery of a Lawrence Township man by individuals posing as water utility employees, in urging County residents to exercise extreme caution when dealing with contractors or repair persons.

"If you have any doubt that your contractor is legitimate," said Hughes, "there are two things you need to do: refrain from giving the contractor any money until you have verified his or her legitimacy, and contact the Office of Consumer Affairs.  Our consumer protection professionals can check into a suspicious contractor or repair person easily."

Hughes also encouraged residents to visit the County Connection satellite store on Route 33 in Hamilton Square for informational materials about consumer protection.  "Information is your best defense against fraud," explained Hughes, "and the County works hard to arm residents with the best possible education about consumer rights and safe consumer practices."

For more information about protecting yourself from consumer fraud, or to report a suspicious contractor, call the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs at (609) 989-6671.