Bergen County officials vow to track down bad businesses

(12/15/04) HACKENSACK Representatives of the Bergen County Office of Consumer Affairs say they will be aggressively pursuing businesses that attempt to take advantage of residents.

During a news conference Wednesday, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney announced the creation of a hotline that can be used to alert officials about less-than-honest business activities. The new number can also be used to check out the history of a company before money changes hands.

Officials at the Bergen County Office of Consumer Affairs want residents to know they are there for people who feel theyve been ripped off. One couple in Oradell says the office helped them recover $30,000 from a pool contractor who accepted their money without completing his work.

The business fraud hotline can be reached at (201) 336-6400.

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