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S.C. CUs step up to fake-check campaign
COLUMBIA, S.C. (11/19/10)--The South Carolina Credit Union League is in a partnership with three other organizations in "Don't Become a Target," a program unveiled Wednesday to educate consumers and financial institutions about bad check scams. The league is partnering with the South Carolina Bankers Association, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs and the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). South Carolina is one of 10 states that are rolling out the program (McClatchy Newspapers Nov. 18). “Because of the close relationship that credit unions have with their members, they’re committed to doing whatever they can to protect them from fraud. That’s why we’re excited to be a partner in this consumer education program,” Steve Fowler, president/CEO of the South Carolina Credit Union League, said in a joint press release. “Consumers and credit union personnel need to be able to recognize the warning signs of fraud in order to prevent it.” CFA also plans to conduct the program in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Virginia and the Los Angeles area in California, Susan Grant, CFA director of consumer protection, told News Now (Sept. 16). State credit union leagues/associations will be involved in the program in each of the states, she added. The two-year project will end in December 2011 and is being funded by a grant from an anonymous donor.


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