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Central Hudson warns of bill payment scams

POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson is alerting its customers of bill payment scams targeting homes and businesses.

The company is receiving reports of customers getting phone calls from persons claiming to represent Central Hudson, saying that if they do not make an immediate payment, services will be cut off. The caller then directs the customer to pay their utility bill using a prepaid card purchased at a pharmacy or convenience store.

Senior Vice President Charles Freni said Central Hudson never requests bill payment in that manner and advised customers to hang up and call the utility directly at 845-452-2700 for confirmation.

Other reported scams include emails from impersonators posing as a utility company, requesting utility bill payment and personal information; and thieves posing as utility employees attempting to collect payments for utility bills in person.

Freni said Central Hudson employees and authorized contractors drive marked vehicles and carry photo ID, and will always display it upon request.

 


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