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* JACKSON, Miss. (6/14/10)--Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has issued a warning that new phishing activity has surfaced in Northeast Mississippi. Consumers in the area have called his office and the state Public Service Commission about suspicious phone calls that advise them their credit or debit card has been deactivated, frozen, or transferred to another company. Consumers are then prompted to enter their account number. "This is a common scam that our office sees on a regular basis," said Hood. He noted it is "important to remember that a legitimate financial institution will never call, text or e-mail you to ask for your information." ... * PHOENIX (6/14/10)--The Arizona Credit Union Foundation announced its sponsorship of Kara Kirschner-Brooks, learning and development specialist at Chandler-based First CU, for the Gary L. Plank World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Young Credit Union Professionals Program (WYCUP) Scholarship. WYCUP is a scholarship program to promote credit union professionals under 35 years old. As Arizona's 2010 representative, Kirschner-Brooks has been automatically nominated for one of five WYCUP scholarships WOCCU will award to attend the 2011 World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow, Scotland ... * MONTPELIER, Vt. (6/14/10)--The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) has selected the Association of Vermont Credit Unions' (AVCU) Economy of Me Project Manager Colin Ryan for the Robert L. Curry Scholarship Award to cover conference and education fees for Ryan to attend the NYIB 2010 Annual Conference July 26-29 in St. Louis. The scholarship recognized AVCU's mission of enhancing the financial education of Vermont high school students through the project, which resembles the principles of leadership development exemplified by Curry, a former president/CEO of CUNA Mutual Group ... * CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (6/14/10)--UVA Community CU's success in supporting small businesses was recognized by the U.S. Small
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Business Administration (SBA), which named the credit union the Top Credit Union in the Richmond District for fiscal year 2009. The district includes all of Virginia, except for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The award recognizes the highest loan volume by dollar amount. The credit union closed more than $5.5 million in business loans in 2009, providing much-needed capital to local businesses in various industries. At year end, it had more than $20 million in business loans outstanding, a 23% increase from 2008. Business member-owners more than doubled during that period, to 453 from 216. At the award presentation June 3 in Richmond are, from left: Donald "Scott" Dailey, SBA assistant district director of lender relations; Ronald E. Bew, SBA district director, Richmond office; Michael D. Lyster, vice president of business lending, UVA Community CU; Bridget Bean, acting regional administrator of Region 3, SBA; U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.); and Virginia Lt. Gov. William T. "Bill" Bolling. (Photo provided by UVA Community CU) ...


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