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Team Mosaic Encourages Early Learning

Inspiring parents and children to read together from an early age is what Team Mosaic wanted to accomplish with its book "All Because You Read to Me." Read more below about our very own Colleen Curtis-Trappe and the work she did with her Leadership Development Academy team on this inspiring project! http://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/20180515/team_mosaic_encourages_early_reading  

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Be Aware of Fraud Scams

With summer vacations on the way, this tends to be a season we see increased attempts at fraud. Keep your personal information safe by following these tips: Guard your personal information - Crooks pretending to be from companies you do business with may call or send an email, claiming they need to verify your personal information. Do NOT provide your credit card or account information or your social security number. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information the business already has. Know who you're dealing with - In any transaction that you conduct, check out the business with the Better Business Bureau to see if the business is credible. Be cautious about unsolicited phone calls and emails - They can be fraudulent. If a phone call seems suspicious, end the call and call the company back at the phone number on their website. The best approach with email may simply be to delete them because responding

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Legacy Center Planned to Honor Our Founding Members

We are proud to announce our plans for creating a Legacy Center in Janesville to commemorate the generations of local residents with lifelong careers dedicated to General Motors, Fisher Body, and the UAW. Blackhawk Community Credit Union is a banking cooperative that was originally founded on June 18, 1965, to provide financial services to the employees of Fisher Body, General Motors and the UAW. Today, we serve thousands of retirees, those that still have a long-distance commute from Janesville to another plant, and their families. “As the bulldozers arrive and demolition of the oldest General Motors plant begins just before its centennial, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the strong work ethic and iconic history of our community is honored,” said Mary Frederick, the credit union’s Board Chairperson. The Legacy Center is a part of Blackhawk Community Credit Union’s long-term strategic plans for the future. Artifacts and memorabilia from the plant have been secured

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Automatic Payments (ACH) Clearing on the Same Day

Please be aware, in the past, automatic payments (ACH) could take a day or two to come out of your account.  As of September 15, 2017, funds can come out of your account the same day that you authorize them. ACH debits include electronic payments, automatic drafts, paper check conversions, or any electronic withdrawal from your account. Many merchants and billing companies may offer the option to make a same-day electronic payment, such as to pay a bill or to transfer funds. This change will result in faster and sometimes immediate clearing of ACH payments and/or checks. To ensure that payments are posted as expected and do not result in returned items and fees, make sure funds are available at the time of your payment. If you have any questions, please call us at (608) 755-6065. We are happy to help.

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Protecting Your Data with the Equifax Breach

As you may have read in the news, Equifax was the target of a recent cybersecurity breach. You may be wondering what you can do to protect your personal information. Blackhawk is committed to helping you. Equifax has set up a website for you to check whether your data was stolen at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and to enroll in their free identity protection. We have not received notification that any Blackhawk debit and credit cards were involved. If that should change, we will take immediate steps to contact you and issue you new cards. Be assured that your Blackhawk debit and credit cards are protected and you are never responsible for fraudulent charges. Here are some additional actions you can take: Place a password on your Blackhawk account that only you know. Give us a call at 800-779-5555 to add one today. Monitor your account statements closely for any unauthorized transactions and report any suspicious activity immediately. Set up an email or text alert in Online

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Official Notice for Board of Directors

Please see our official notice for our Board of Directors seats here. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Curtis-Trappe at 608-314-1101 with questions.

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Do you have a Yahoo email account?

As a member of Blackhawk Community Credit Union, the security of your account is our number one priority. In light of the recent Yahoo announcement that email accounts were impacted by a data breach in 2014, we felt it was important to provide you with some tips on how to keep your Blackhawk account secure. It is not uncommon for many online users to utilize similar information when setting up account passwords or security questions. If you are concerned that your personal data has been compromised with Yahoo's breach or at anytime, you can easily update your secure online banking data. Log-in to your Blackhawk online banking account, click on the Options tab, and update your information in the Modify Personal Setting section. To keep your account secure, please follow these security tips: Only log-in to your Blackhawk account through a secure connection that you initiate. You will never receive a link or phone call from us asking you to change or verify your account

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Teaching Money Lessons to Kids

Teaching Money Lessons to Kids Being able to buy virtually anything online with a smartphone means that teaching kids about finance is that much more important than it was when you were a kid. The impulse to buy can be tempered by activities and real-life contexts. Even everyday activities like buying groceries can become recurring money lessons. In time, teaching financial literacy through activities will help your kids learn to save and spend wisely. Try starting with a few of these: Three piggy banks Instead of giving children one place to save money, give them three. Designate a piggy bank for saving, one for spending and one for charity, and explain how each should be used. The spending one should be for cheap activities, candy or toys they want right now. The savings piggy bank should be their option for more-expensive items that they need to save up for over time. The charity one is for donations to organizations they are interested in. Money from chores or

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Federal Trade Commission Introduces NEW Identity Theft Resource

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new one-stop resource to help people report and recover from identity theft, IdentityTheft.gov. The website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand what steps to take upon learning their identity has been stolen or if their personal information was compromised in a data breach. Identity theft has been the top consumer complaint reported to the FTC for the past 15 years, and in 2014, the Commission received more than 330,000 complaints from consumers who were victims of identity theft. The site provides specialized tips for specific forms of identity theft, including tax-related and medical identity theft. The site also has advice for people who have been notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach. Furthermore, it includes a variety of helpful resources such as sample letters to help you resolve your identity theft issues. Visit

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We Recommend You Keep Your Browser Upgraded

You may have heard in the news that experts continue to research online security vulnerabilities. One of the best ways you can keep your online information safe is by keeping your internet browser up-to-date. In fact, you will find that if you use an older web browser, you may not be able to access certain sites. We recommend that you regularly update your browser. Your security is our top priority. Please see the links below to upgrade your browser, if needed. If you have questions, please contact our Call Center at 608-755-6065. Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome/ Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/

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