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Sheriff warns of telephone scam

Jan 09, 2016 12:03 am

Robert Hannigan Gilson is reporting in the Register-Star state police and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office are cautioning people about two recent phone scams. Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley warned of callers pretending to be representatives of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Co. In the scheme, the person calling identifies themself as a representative of the company and threatens to cut electrical service if the individual does not provide personal information, such as a Social Security number. The scam often targets the elderly. The sheriff's office received multiple complaints in the last week, Seeley said. “Central Hudson will never call; they will send letters through certified mail,” Seeley said. “Do not, do not, give any info, just hang up the phone.” State police further warned to never provide Social Security numbers, banking information, date of birth, or other personal information to anyone over the phone. Read the full story in the Register-Star.