MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.
- The Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs is joining with federal, state and local consumer protection agencies to celebrate the 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 4-10.

A coordinated effort by government and nonprofit entities, NCPW encourages consumers to protect themselves and make better-informed decisions by taking advantage of available resources.

NCPW’s campaign, “Your Information Destination,” highlights consumer education efforts in Mercer County. Throughout the year, the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs visits every senior nutrition site, many senior groups, high schools, and civic and religious organizations to provide information on home improvement fraud, identity theft, credit scams, buying a new or used vehicle, and more.

“Consumers need to be wary of scams and unfair business practices,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “I urge all Mercer County residents to contact our Division of Consumer Affairs if you feel you’ve been a victim of consumer fraud or to find out about a particular business before you hire them.”

The Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs also holds an annual Consumer Bowl, a quiz-show-style competition for high school students on good consumer practices. This year’s event will be held March 20 at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, where six Mercer County high schools will compete. The winner will move on to the regional competition in April.

To contact the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs to voice a concern, obtain information or request a speaker for your organization, call (609) 989-6671 or visit www.mercercounty.org.