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Be Aware of Tax Season Scams

Tax season is here and along with it comes tax season scams. There are many reports of phone scams going around right now targeting taxpayers and requesting immediate payment. They even leave urgent messages requesting a return phone call. According to the IRS, they will never: Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes. Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. For more information and the latest in consumer alerts, visit the IRS website here.

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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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Welcome Kenosha City Employees Credit Union Members

Welcome to the Blackhawk Family of Credit Unions! We are pleased to announce that the merger between Kenosha City Employees Credit Union and Blackhawk Community Credit Union is official. Over the next two months, we will be working to merge our systems, so that you have access to the expanded products and services Blackhawk Community Credit Union offers while keeping the service and familiarity of Kenosha City Employees Credit Union. The system merger is scheduled for March 31 completing on April 1. For details and a collection of questions you may have about your accounts and the merger, please visit here. We will continue to provide updates online and we are also available by phone at (262) 658-1500 or in the branch, if you have any questions. We appreciate your business.

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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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Can’t access Online Banking from a bookmarked page?

If you are attempting to access Blackhawk's Online Banking through a bookmarked page after March 10th, you will see a blank page or a 404 error, depending on the internet browser you use. If either of these errors occur, the solution is to browse to Online Banking from https://bhccu.org. If you would like to bookmark a page for Online Banking in the future, we encourage you to bookmark our standard website at https://bhccu.org and use the login links. If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-779-5555.

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Online Banking Unavailable for Maintenance

On Saturday, February 21, from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, our bill pay, online, mobile and phone banking systems will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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Official Notice to Members Regarding Board Directors

Please see the 2015 Official Notice to Members regarding Board Director nominees here. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Assistant, Colleen Curtis-Trappe at 608-314-1101.

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