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    ATM Pin Hoax  (date added:  4-3-09)

    There is an email hoax going around about if you are ever forced by a robber to withdraw money, you should put your PIN in backwards and the ATM will call for help.  This is NOT TRUE.  If you put your PIN in backwards, the ATM will do nothing other than respond that you input an invalid PIN.  If you put an invalid PIN in too many times, it will take your card from you.  This is true of all ATMs and this method was never broadcast on Fox TV as the email states.

    Here is a copy of the email:

    > Subject: PLEASE PASS THIS
    > INFORMATION ON
    > 
    > PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON.
    > 
    > THE RECENT TRAGEDY OF A YOUNG WOMAN BEING KIDNAPPED AND
    > EVENTUALLY KILLED AFTER SHE HAD REPEATEDLY GIVEN THE
    > KIDNAPPER A WRONG
    > PIN TO HER ATM CARD. IF SHE KNEW THE METHOD BELOW, SHE
    > COULD HAVE BEEN
    > SAVED. SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO LET YOU KNOW.
    > HERE YOU GO.
    > 
    > IF YOU SHOULD EVER BE FORCED BY A ROBBER TO WITHDRAW MONEY
    > FROM AN ATM MACHINE, YOU CAN NOTIFY THE POLICE BY ENTERING
    > YOUR PIN #
    > IN REVERSE.
    > 
    > FOR EXAMPLE IF YOUR PIN NUMBER IS 1234 THEN YOU WOULD PUT
    > IN 4321.
    > THE ATM RECOGNIZES THAT YOUR PIN NUMBER IS BACKWARDS FROM
    > THE
    > ATM CARD YOU PLACED IN THE MACHINE. THE MACHINE WILL STILL
    > GIVE YOU
    > THE MONEY YOU REQUESTED, BUT UNKNOWN TO THE ROBBER, THE
    > POLICE WILL BE
    > IMMEDIATELY DISPATCHED TO HELP YOU.
    > 
    > THIS INFORMATION WAS RECENTLY BROADCASTED ON FOX TV AND IT
    > STATES THAT IT IS SELDOM USED BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW
    > IT EXISTS.
    > 
    > PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG.

    Consumer Credit Reporting (FCRA)  (date added:  2-7-08)

    Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are permitted to include your name on lists used by creditors or insurers to make firm offers of credit or insurance that are not initiated by you ("Firm Offers"). The FCRA also provides you the right to "Opt-Out", which prevents Consumer Credit Reporting Companies from providing your credit file information for Firm Offers.

    Through this website, you may request to:

    ·         Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers for Five Years - (electronically through this website).

    ·         Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers permanently - (mail Permanent Opt-Out Election form available through this website).

    ·         Opt-In and be eligible to receive Firm Offers. This option is for consumers who have previously completed an Opt-Out request - (electronically through this website).

    If you choose to Opt-Out, you will no longer be included in firm offer lists provided by these four consumer credit reporting companies.  If you are not receiving firm offers because you have previously completed a request to Opt-Out, you can request to Opt-In. In doing so, you will soon be among the many consumers who can significantly benefit from having ready access to product information on credit and insurance products that may not be available to the general public.

    Click here for more information

    FDIC Consumer News:  Deposit Boxes  (date added:  5-3-07)
    You find "Proof" of an old account or safe deposit box:  Is it treasure or Trash?

    Click here to read the article

    E-Banking Is Now More Secure  (date added:  5-3-07)
    The process of logging into your online banking is now more secure than it has ever been.  With the implementation of Passmark Advanced Online Authentication you can know that you are securely logging into our web site.  The image that you select will allow you to verify that you are logging in securely.  There is a helpsheet below that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to set this up.  If you have any further questions, please contact our E-Services Support Team at 800-319-6110.  Thank you.

    Click here to view the helpsheet.

    Simple Strategies for Managing Your Money  (date added:  5-3-07)
    The FDIC has published a new how-to guide for consumers that features simple, practical suggestions for dealing successfully with some of today's important money matters. The FDIC is encouraging financial institutions to make the information in this publication widely available.

    The complete guide can be found here.

    Your FACT Act Rights  (date added:  5-3-07)
    Under the FACT Act amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act you are entitled to one free credit file disclosure in a 12 month period. To request this free annual disclosure you may contact the Central Source on-line at www.annualcreditreport.com. You can also contact the Central Source to request this free annual disclosure by calling toll free (877) FACTACT or by using the mail request form available at the central source website by clicking the following link www.annualcreditreport.com.

         
     
     


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