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CU System briefs (09/28/2009)
* MECHANICSBURG, Pa. and WASHINGTON (9/29/09)--Two scams have been reported involving targeted credit unions. Members 1st FCU, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is warning about a texting scam that says the credit union has blocked recipients' credit cards. The message instructs recipients to call a number and "unblock" their card by entering their card number and other information (WPMT-TV Sept. 27). Also, the American Bankers Association (ABA) is alerting consumers that cash prize letters claiming to be from ABA are a fake-check scam. The fake checks for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are listed as being from ABD FCU, Warren, Mich., but ABA says it believes other financial institutions may be targeted (The Daily News Sept. 26) … * ROCKVILLE, Md. (9/29/09)--During October, MCT FCU will conduct a video contest for elementary, middle or high school students in Montgomery County, Md., to stress saving. Students submit short (less than two minutes) videos that answer the question, "Why do you need to save money?" Deadline for video entries is Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. ET. MCT FCU will select winners for each type of school. Each winner will receive $500 and designated $250 of the winnings for a favorite school organization. Winning videos will be posted on MCT's website. Videos will be judged on creativity and originality, overall impact to inspire individuals to save, and message clarity and relevance to the topic … * DUBLIN, Ohio (9/29/09)--Ohio HealthCare FCU is offering Mobile Banking so members can access their accounts via their cell phone as part of its enhanced online banking package, CU@Home. Features added include account to account transfers between financial institutions; automated transfers between two accounts at the credit union; account alerts and enhanced security. Its new PayBills@Home online bill-pay service now offers eBills, automated payments and expedited payments. This fall, the Dublin, Ohio-based credit union also will roll out its DeposZip service to allow select members to make deposits to their accounts from their home … * RALEIGH, N.C. (9/29/09)--Allegacy FCU, based in Winston-Salem, N.C. will open a student-operated credit union Monday at R.B. Glenn High School, Kernersville, N.C. The partnership aims to give students experience in personal finance so they can make educated decisions about money. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), whose first piece of legislation in Congress would provide states with incentives to expand financial literacy education, will attend the opening (Associated Press Newswires Sept. 28) … * GARLAND, Texas (9/29/09)--Sometimes the early bird doesn't get the worm. Case in point: a masked man with a gun tried to hold up America's CU branch in Spanaway, Texas, Friday. But he arrived before the credit union opened for business. When an employee at the $1144.2 million asset credit union refused to let him inside, then ran and hid in the back of the credit union, he left empty handed. The incident was reported at about 8:15 a.m. Friday (The News Tribune Sept. 26) …


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