TRENTON, NJ --  Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes urged residents to watch for price gouging and other consumer scams related to fears surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Scammers will take advantage of people’s fears during a public health threat,” he said. “Consumers need to be cognizant of that and not fall victim to unscrupulous behavior.”

Hughes said that anyone who suspects a scam related to COVID-19 in Mercer County, such as price gouging on products like hand sanitizer, or the selling of bogus products claiming to prevent or cure COVID-19, should contact the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs/Weights & Measures at 609-989-6671 or visit the Division online for information on how to file a complaint.

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