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The Department of Consumer Affairs operates under the authority of the Consumer Fraud Act. All Investigators have successfully completed the course of study prescribed by and are Agents of the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey.

We are charged with the protection of the public, and ensuring that businesses comply with the consumer protection laws of the State of New Jersey.

The staff consists of state certified investigators who mediate and enforce complaints between a consumer and a business located in Ocean County, with the goal of coming to a satisfactory resolution for both parties.

Consumer Protection, Weights & Measures, and Energy Council, are all divisions that encompass the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs.

Public Speaking Engagements

Community education is a priority of the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs.

The Director and staff members conduct many lectures throughout the year for professional and community groups.

For more information or to schedule a lecture, please contact us at (732) 929-2105 or, visit our Contact page.

Message from Commissioner Joseph H. Vicari

Freeholder VicariOcean County is a diverse community of nearly 600,000 people. From young families just getting started, to seniors looking to enjoy a well-earned retirement, Ocean County is a great place to live. One thing all of our residents share is the constant danger of consumer fraud.

Anyone, regardless of their age or experience, can be the victim of a scam.

With the advent of the Internet, online transactions and email, scammers from around the world now have a new way to reach directly into your home. Be as cautious of an online offer as you would if a stranger knocked on your door and offered you a deal "too good to be true." The best way to combat fraud is to recognize it before you become a victim. Armed with the information on this website, you - the consumer - can rest assured that the goods and services you purchase are safe and the transactions fair.

Joseph H. Vicari
Commissioner Chairman

Message from Director Edward McBride

Welcome to the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs Consumer website.

In these pages you will find the tools needed to help you become a better educated consumer. From Internet Safety, Home Improvement Contractors, Identity Theft, Lottery Scams, Lemon Laws to Elder Fraud etc, here is the vital information to help combat these types of scams and more.

Also collected here is information culled from both the State and Federal government.

We've taken this data and presented it here as part of a comprehensive reference of consumer protection topics. We are pleased to offer this information for the benefit of our residents.

Should you suspect consumer fraud, please do not hesitate to contact our Consumer Affairs office. We are here to help you.

Edward McBride

Latest Consumer Alerts

Our mission is to assist consumers and businesses of Ocean County. As the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs receives updates from the state regarding current consumer alerts and product safety, we urge you to check back here for the latest news and information.
Legitimate Home Repair and Improvement Contractors
Ocean County's Department of Consumer Affairs can provide assistance to homeowners looking for legitimate home repair and improvement contractors.

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