December 2013 - Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union

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Keep Your Accounts Protected from Fraud and Identity Theft In light of Target’s massive credit and debit card breach, I wanted to once again reiterate the importance of doing everything you can to be proactive about ensuring that you are protecting yourself from being a victim of identity theft. Unfortunately, even if you are already careful about shredding your documents and protecting your personal information, sometimes, as in the case of what occurred with Target, the situation is out of your control. It is for this reason that we have systems in place that ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent a compromise to your personal information. In the unlikely event that a large scale attack like Target’s causes fraud on your account, we have multiple layers of protection for your accounts and your credit and debit cards. We have fraud detection systems in place that monitor your credit and debit activity. If your cards are used for a purchase that triggers an alert, you will be contacted by our Transaction Review Department and asked to verify the purchase. The caller will only ask that you confirm the amount and location of the purchase, no other personal information will be requested. Common fraud alert triggers include making large purchases at online sites and purchases made outside of the state that you live. The alerts are customized to each member’s individual spending habits in order to maintain the highest level of security for everyone. Please note: It is always important that we have your most up-to-date contact information on file, so that if we need to get in touch with you, we can. We also have an Identity Theft Recovery Program in place to help you get your identify restored in the event that it is stolen. If you detect fraudulent activity and you are enrolled with us for this service, all you need to do is contact us and we will refer you to a personal Recovery Advocate. The Recovery Advocate assigned to your case will:
  • provide a customized recovery plan within 72 hours
  • alert the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion)
  • work with all necessary government and law enforcement agencies
  • complete all forms and follow-up on your behalf
If you are not enrolled or are not sure if you are enrolled in this program, please contact us to find out more information. This program covers all your bank accounts and credit cards, not just Nutmeg accounts. This service has helped many members who have been the victim of identity theft recover their identities and repair the damages done. We encourage you to take advantage of this added protection. For more information about our ID Theft Program, click here. To enroll, simply call us at 1.800.526.6933 or 860.513.5000 or click here to e-mail us. For more tips on how you can best protect yourself from identity theft, click here. And for credit report resources, click here Other options for tracking and monitoring your account include our e-Alerts and e-Banking. With e-Alerts, you can track spending and catch unauthorized usage by scheduling transaction notifications to be sent to your e-mail address or mobile device. You can customize these notifications according to your need. With e-Banking, you can log in to you bank account any time day or night and monitor your activity. We’re here to help so please contact us any time for further assistance. Thank you for choosing to bank with us! Sincerely, John Holt President and CEO
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Your Feedback Helps Us Improve We recently asked you to complete a survey in order to solicit feedback that assesses our current satisfaction levels. We do this at least yearly to a random sample of our membership in order to continually improve our products, service, and the support we provide. Your time and efforts to complete this survey were very much appreciated, and we will use your feedback to improve the service and support you receive from us. As members, you deserve answers to any concerns you may have, which is why I’d like to use this blog post to address and alleviate some of the concerns that you expressed. We pride ourselves on our reputation for exceptional member service and strive for accuracy and efficiency in all our member transactions. We’re not perfect. Things happen… and when they do, we ask that you please let us know, so that we can fix it. Check Holds When it comes to check holds, we fully understand that it is not a black and white situation; we honestly try to make determinations based on relationship and the check being presented. We promise to continue to be flexible and accommodate you as much as possible regarding this particular policy. Our goal is to make your experience the best, so we will always take the time to assess each situation individually. Debit Cards Take Too Long to Receive Our Rocky Hill, Manchester and New Britain branches now have the ability to provide you with a debit card instantly while you wait. We’ll give you your card, and within 24 hours it will be fully functional. By the end of this year, the rest of our branches will have this capability as well. In addition to this, we are working on a solution for early next year where you will be able to use your card as soon as it is issued. So if you lose your card or need a one you can go to a branch, get issued a new card and begin using it immediately. Interest on Savings Accounts We understand your frustration with low rates on savings accounts, but this the nature of our current economic market. Conversely, loan rates are also low. When the rate environment shifts, our rates will also shift. Each week we do a rate survey and compare ourselves to other financial institutions in the market, and we are among the highest for savings, unless another financial institution is running a special promotion. At anytime, we’re happy to review your relationship with us and potentially provide higher rates on specific CD terms. We’re also happy to sit down with you, review the competitions rates and provide side by side comparisons. Personalized Service I’ve talked about this before in a previous blog post. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional service. It is our key strategy and main focus. We want to understand your needs and exceed your expectations at every interaction, whether in person, on the phone or online. Every change that we’ve made thus far and every individual that we’ve hired has been with this in mind. We hire people with positive attitudes and those that are committed to providing you with a great experience. Technology One of our main focus areas for 2014 is technology. Our goal is to make our e-Services more streamlined and easier to use. We know that you rely on the convenience of our electronic services to do your banking, which is why we are always looking for ways to improve. For example, as a result of your recent feedback regarding our Mobile app, we will redesign it in the coming months. We will also continue to upgrade our e-Banking service to provide more ease of use. Technology is and will continue to be a top priority for us. Add More Branches and ATMs We currently have nine branch locations. This year alone we opened two new ones – one in the Cromwell Walmart, which is our first in Middlesex County, and the other in the Bristol Walmart Neighborhood Market. Additionally, we have our Mobile Branch, which makes it possible for us to be every where you are. Our e-Branch is also open 24/7, which makes it so that you don’t need a physical branch near you to bank with us. As for ATMs, in addition to the 21 FREE Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union ATMs available to you, we offer access to over 40,000 free ATMs through our partnerships with the SUM and Co-Op Networks. Telephone Service We continue to expand our internal Contact Center in order to respond quickly and accurately to any question or concern you may have. Staffed with friendly, knowledgeable Nutmeg staff, the Contact Center is ready to assist you with all of your banking needs. They’re available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are serious about service, and if you feel as though you can’t get something resolved, I want to hear from you. I am listening to your feedback and will continue to respond to any concerns you may have. Please feel free to e-mail me at any time. Sincerely, John Holt President/CEO
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