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Scholarships – Graduating seniors who are a Telco Plus CU member or has a parent who is a TPCU member can apply for our $500 Scholarship. Applications with videos are due by April 28, 2017, 5:00 pm. Please click here for rules and an application.
Pine Tree Artwork - Please visit the Longview lobby to see the Pine Tree high school students’ artwork. It will be on display starting in April.
Lunch-n-Learn for our business owners. Chuck Vanderbilt from the Kilgore College Small Business Development Center will be teaching "Free Ways to Increase Business Visibility" on Wednesday, April 19th. The class is from 12:00 to 12:45 and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by noon on the 18th by calling Crystal at 903-753-5588.
Free Credit Class – Please join us for a FREE class at the Longview branch to understand the world of
credit, how to build good credit, and how to raise credit scores. The class is on Tuesday Apr. 25th at 5:30 pm.
A free credit report can be provided. Please RSVP by the 24th by calling Crystal at 903-753-5588.
Member Appreciation Day - Friday, May 26th. Both locations. Telco Plus Credit Union truly appreciates each and every member. We would like to show that appreciation with a fun day including lunch, snacks, blood drive, and a drawing* at both locations! You can start entering for the drawing Monday, May 22nd. The grand prize winners for the $100 Gift Cards will be announced at 5:00 pm on May 26th. You need not be present to win and only one entry per member. Taco Food Trucks from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm!
Carter BloodCare Drive - Friday, May 26th from Noon to 5:00 pm in the Longview parking lot. Free Donor Shirt!
Photo Contest - Proud of Texas Photo Contest Deadline is May 12, 2017. Telco Plus CU is updating our lobby and our website with local photos. We are hoping the photography is a good mixture of our landscape, cultural, businesses, and favorite past times. Anyone and everyone can participate in the photo contest. Please click here for rules and entry form.
Micro Business Loans - We do unsecured loans up to $10,000 and up to $50,000 on secured business loans.
Retirement & Planning Services - Come see Paula McCauley, CRPC Financial Advisor on Thursdays for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Attention MasterCard Credit Card Holders – If you depend on your online statement history, you will need to start saving or printing those old statements. Telco Plus is switching credit card providers and upgrading the cards to the new EMV chip technology. When we switch to the new cards you will no longer have access to old statements. Also, please make note of the automatic payments on this card. You will need to set them back up on the new cards. More information will be released closer to the switch date that will probably be late May or June.
Can you hear me? It's a scam.
If you answer a call from an unfamiliar caller and this is the first thing you hear, hang up immediately. Do not reply! CBS News reports that potential hackers on the other end of the line can record your response and use it to authorize charges via credit card or bill. They only need to capture your voice uttering the word "yes" to be successful, which means any yes or no question can work. To lower your risk, don’t answer calls from unfamiliar numbers, even if they’re from a familiar area code — and/or hang up immediately if you’re asked a yes or no question. And if you’ve already received this type of call? Carefully monitor your credit and debit card charges — and your credit reports.
Please be aware of fake employment scams. You should not give personal information or make deposits for strangers. You can lose a lot of money and become a victim of identity theft. Double check by making calls and searching jobs/companies from other search engines. Sometimes criminals use real company names and logos but post fake jobs.
Signs that they are fake:
Wanting you to deposit cashier checks in order to transfer money or send them a check back
If you have to pay up-front for “equipment or training”
They need your bank account for direct deposit
Quick cash or high pay for an easy job
The company only has a PO Box, no street address
The company name is not in the URL or email address
Cash Back Scam – another scam is people will offer to buy an item you have for sell with a cashier or bank check that is over the amount of the agreed sale price. They will ask for cash back for the difference of the check. When the check does not clear, you just paid the criminals to steal your sale item.
Before accepting or depositing checks you can call the financial institution for authenticity.
All scams should be reported to the local police department and the financial institution that the check was written from.
Protect Your PIN - Hidden cameras are often used to steal your PIN. Covering the keyboard as you enter your PIN is a simple way to help avoid theft. Never give your PIN to anyone. And, do not use any ATM with a card reader that appears altered.
Stay Away from Unfamiliar ATMs - The safest ATMs are those with the logo of your credit union and CO-OP ATM and MoneyPass.
Check Your Balances Frequently - If you notice something wrong, use the contact number on the back of your debit card to report any fraudulent withdrawals.
Thieves are now texting people posing as their financial institution, saying that their cards have been frozen, and in order to
reactivate them, they need to input their account information immediately. Don’t. Instead, contact us directly or the number on the back of your card, we don’t text card or account information.
Memorial Day - Monday, May. 29, 2017
Telco Plus Credit Union offers to our members discounted Regal movie passes. They are 30% cheaper than the theater and never expire. The Premiere Passes are good to use any time, even opening night and movies that are posted "no passes."