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County honors National Consumer Protection/Weights and Measures Week March 5-11

(Woodbury, NJ)  – The Gloucester County Department of  Consumer Protection/Weights and Measures is joining with federal, state and local government agencies and national consumer organizations in commemorating the 17th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) that runs from March 5 through 11, 2017.  

The 2017 campaign will highlight the theme Commitment to Serve for our consumer education efforts during the week of March 5 through March 11.  

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Our message this year will concentrate on helping to make sure our service members and veterans do not fall prey to scammers.  The message will hopefully bring extra attention to those who defend our country and from ruthless fraudsters bent on stealing service members hard earned money."

Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Freeholder liaison to the county Office of Consumer Protection said, “It is our goal to make available all information to help active military members and their families understand that there are programs and informational guidelines that can explain in detail what to look for when hiring a professional service, buying a new or used car and other purchases.  Our staff at Gloucester County Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures will come and speak to groups of veterans with hands-on and up-to-date material on current scams.”

New Jersey is home to approximately 400,000 veterans and 7,500 active-duty service members, all of who are in the crossfire of scammers trying to take advantage of their age and mobility.  Many military families are rotated through different states several times during their military service, and may not know the consumer laws of a particular state. 

Information is available on the county's consumer protection website at www.gloucestercountynj.gov.  For more information, or to schedule an investigator to come and speak to your group or civic organization, please contact the county office of Consumer Protection at 856-384-6855.
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