Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. are bein warned about a scam discovered recently.
People posing as Central Hudson employees are seeking credit card information over the telephone and via text messages, said John Maserjian, spokesman for the utility company.
“Several calls were made to residents indicating a balance due on their Central Hudson account, or offering a discount on future utility bills for a one-time payment,” he said. “Several residents also received text messages on their cell phones advising them to reply with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to obtain a discount on their utility bills.” These are neither authorized nor conducted by Central Hudson, he said, and customers receiving these calls or messages are warned not to provide their utility account or credit card information. He suggested that customers who get these inquiries should note the caller ID information and report the incident to their local police department.