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July 27, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Warns of Utility Bill Payment Scam

Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. should be aware of a scam that falsely offers payment of their utility bills by a third party such as the Federal Reserve, a U.S. President or other federal agency. Customers are instructed to use unauthorized bank information provided by scammers to pay their utility bills. Scammers often seek social security numbers, bank routing numbers or other personal information in exchange for the alleged payment.

These scams are spread by word of mouth, the Internet, advertisements and other means. Central Hudson urges customers to be cautious when providing their personal information to third parties, and never to use banking information other than their own. 

Customers should also be aware that unauthorized use of banking information is illegal, and payments made in this way toward their accounts cannot be accepted.  If in doubt, customers are advised to log on to www.CentralHudson.com or speak to a Customer Service Representative by calling (845) 452-2700 or (800) 527-2714 to confirm acceptable payment methods.

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