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Press Release: Telephone Scam to Hutchinson Utilities Customers

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Sgt. Joe Nagel  320-587-2242

November 21, 2014

Telephone scam to Hutchinson Utilities Customers

Hutchinson Police would like the community to be aware of reports they have received regarding a utilities collections scam. Several local businesses have reported receiving a phone call from a business posing as Hutchinson Utilities stating their last payment was not able to be processed.  The caller, claiming to be a representative from Hutchinson Utilities, tells the business they must immediately pay $1000.00, and if they don’t pay, their utilities service will be shut off within 45 minutes.

The City of Hutchinson and Hutchinson Utilities want citizens and business owners to know they never call people demanding immediate payment or demand credit card information over the telephone.  If you have questions regarding Hutchinson Utilities payments, you may contact their billing department at 320-587-4746.   If you have been a victim of this scam, please report it to the Hutchinson Police Department by calling 320-587-2242.

#ShopHutch

As we start settling into our homes for the season of holidays (aka: Winter aka: Halloween through at least Mother’s Day) many of us also prepare to shop for friends and family.

I’d like to challenge you to #ShopHutch this year.

Spending money in Hutchinson creates more money for our community.

  • For every $100 spent at a local national/regional business, $43 is kept in our community.
  • For every $100 spent at a locally owned/operated business, $68 is kept in our community.
  • For every $100 spent on-line, $0 is kept in our community.

Spending money locally pays for wages for your family, friends and neighbors at those businesses.
Tax revenue from your purchases then provides city services- such as police and fire services.
MANY local businesses give back to our community through donations and sponsorships to organizations and fundraisers.

We know you can’t buy everything all year long here, but we ask you to consider buying more locally, in Hutchinson.

Later this month, we will be hosting Small Business Saturday. (see front page of the November newsletter)


How can BUSINESSES participate in Small Business Saturday?
It doesn’t matter if you are retail or service!

  • Sign up to be part of Small Business Saturday- draw shoppers to your business, no matter what you are selling.
  • Build a snowman and name him/her. This project will get people TO your business, building awareness of what you offer. Don’t want to build a snowman- but you’d like to participate & support the chamber- consider partnering with an organization or team to build it for you!
  • Have more questions? Contact Melissa at 234-0786 melissa@explorehutchinson.com


How can SHOPPERS/PUBLIC participate in Small Business Saturday?

  • Shop around town Saturday, November 29th (and don’t forget any other day of the year)
  • Grab a ballot and vote for your favorite snowman between November 29 and December 5.
  • Watch for the Bring It Home Volunteers downtown and around town- they’ll have treats and giveaways. (Hint Hint…)

Join us as we celebrate the business community of Hutchinson and #ShopHutch!

Watch for a very special Small Business Saturday announcement coming soon!