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County Takes Part in National Consumer Protection Week

Woodbury - The Gloucester County Office of Consumer Protection has joined with federal, state and local government agencies and national consumer organizations in commemorating the 13th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) that runs from March 6 through 12, 2011.

As part of the NCPW 2011 campaign "Your Information Destination" the Office of Consumer Protection will highlight this theme in their consumer education efforts to consumers over the next two weeks from March 1 thru March 12.

The Consumer Protection Office will provide information on privacy, managing money and debt, avoiding ID theft and steering clear of frauds and scams. The agency will host an open house at the Shady Lane complex on County House Road in Clarksboro on Tuesday March 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"In this day and age it is almost incumbent upon all of us to be aware of the thieves waiting in prey to take advantage of someone's vulnerability," said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger."The theme of this program teaches that regardless of your age or financial situation, there are useful lessons to learn about spending and managing your money wisely," Director Damminger said.

Deputy Freeholder Director Warren S. Wallace, Freeholder liaison to the county Office of Consumer Protection said, "We are urging local residents to visit or call the consumer protection office for information on any subject that relates to purchasing power, including everyday items like gasoline, produce and other food commodities where scales must be certified."

Deputy Director Wallace also noted that as spring nears and people look to do home improvements they can learn about what questions to ask and certifications to look for from potential contractors. "So many consumers trust too easily, and by calling our Office of Consumer Protection or stopping by the office, they can learn how to make sure a home contractor is registered with the state and how to approach home contractors with regards to payment," said Freeholder Deputy Director Warren S. Wallace.

The open house will have more information available and weights and measures personnel will be on hand to demonstrate and exhibit some of the tools used for their inspections. Also flyers will be available to promote Identity Theft Protection and a reminder of the county's annual "BIG" Shredding Event on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the County Complex in Clayton.

For more information on the open house, or to schedule an investigator to come out and speak to your group or civic organization, please contact the county office of Consumer Protection at 856-384-6855.