WESTBROOK, Maine (1/7/14)--As news of the Target security breach continued to gain steam, media turned to the Maine Credit Union League as a source to guide consumers.
WGME CBS-13 tapped into the expertise of Rebekah Higgins, assistant vice president of card services at Synergent, a subsidiary of the league. Higgins told the Portland, Maine, television station that consumers should be "vigilant about monitoring their accounts for suspicious activity, and to communicate with their financial institution immediately if any is noticed" (Weekly Update Jan. 3).
She added that many credit unions have fraud monitoring tools and reinforced to consumers that credit unions are "technologically advanced."
The league provided additional information to radio stations 560 WGAN, Coast 93.1, Rewind 100.9, 970 WZAN and WPOR 101.9.
In addition to the Target data breach, Jon Paradise, league assistant vice president of governmental and public affairs, provided advice about holiday shopping and budgeting to WGME CBS-13 and FOX 23's "Good Day Maine."
League President John Murphy said, "We appreciate the trust and recognition that media across the state has in your league's ability to respond in a timely manner and with good and accurate information.
"It not only demonstrates our focus on consumer issues but also provides an opportunity to highlight our expertise on a variety of financial services issues with the media, legislators and the general public," Murphy added.