Financial Education

Fraud: Protecting Your Money

Scam artists are nothing new — they’ve been trying to fleece us out of our money since the beginning of time. What is new, however, is the increasing use of sophisticated techniques and technology. Each year the number of people victimized increases. It’s up to each of us to educate ourselves on how to avoid being taken.

Monthly Fraud Prevention Tips

If it seems too good to be true...You see a social media post from someone you don’t know praising another individual (you don’t know) for earning them a small fortune through cryptocurrency or other trading activities.This is a new, common type of spam-based scam that’s best to ignore and avoid.

Monitor Your Credit

Each member is entitled to get a free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. Just go to annualcreditreport.com to get yours.

Credit Bureau Contact Information

Equifax

888-567-8688

Experian

888-397-3742

TransUnion

800-680-7289

Some Definitions

      Phishing – A criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication; typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to a legitimate one.

      Smishing – A form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques similar to phishing; typically carried out by SMS/text message, and often directs users to download a program/file which turns out to be a virus.

      Vishing – The criminal practice of using social engineering over the telephone, the term is a combination of “voice” and “phishing”; typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information.

ATM Skimming On The Rise

Use extra caution when inserting your card at an ATM or a retailer, especially if it is unattended (such as a gas station pay at the pump). Fraudsters are getting more aggressive and we have seen a sharp rise in skimming-related card fraud in the first quarter of 2017.

Here are a couple of things you can do to help prevent this from happening:

      Examine the ATM: Never enter your PIN in an ATM that doesn’t look genuine or has been modified. Thieves may place a thin reading device into or around the card slot to capture the data in the card’s magnetic strip.

      If it’s hard to insert your card, if the surface is sticky, or if the slot is scratched, it might contain a reader

      Before you insert your card, take hold of the place where you insert it on the machine. If it feels loose, do not insert your card.

      If you insert your card and can wiggle it around, remove the card immediately and report it to the merchant and your financial institution immediately.

      If using a gas pump, pay inside if possible.

Other tips for keeping your card safe:

      Protect your PIN: If they have your card data, next they need your PIN.

      There are many ways to hide a tiny camera on or near an ATM, such as in the light panel or brochure holder. Always use your free hand to cover your PIN every time you enter it.

      Never write your PIN on the back of your card.

      Never keep the card and PIN together.

      Never divulge your PIN to another person who is not on the account.

Much of the fraud we see related to purchases is because the person made the PIN accessible to someone else, even family members.

If you find a withdrawal or a purchase on your account and you did not make that withdrawal or purchase, you must report it immediately. Check your accounts often through online banking or our mobile app. At minimum, review your statements monthly. If you are a victim, and do not report it within 60 days, you may incur the loss.

For more information, see the FBI’s article on this topic.

Fraudulent Checks

We have been made aware of fraudulent checks in circulation, appearing to be made out by Destinations Credit Union. These appear to be payments for things like mystery shopping. These checks are not issued by Destinations and we ask that if you are presented with one, that you provide the check and all documentation to:

Email info@destinationscu.org or mail to Fraud Department, Destinations Credit Union, 8767 Satyr Hill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21234.

How to Protect Your Identity When Shopping Online

Useful information on how to shop online safely: Article by Camilla Taylor

Identity Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend

The Federal Trade Commission offers good information on detecting identity theft, defending yourself against ID theft, and helping victims through the process of recovering when their identity has been stolen. This site offers streaming videos demonstrating how identities are stolen and the devastating effects they can have on individuals.

Should You Purchase ID Theft Protection? See what the FTC has to say on the subject.

U.S. Postal Inspection

View this document from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to learn about a wide range of mail fraud scams.

Equifax Breach:  Important Information On How to Protect Yourself

Equifax has set up a Web site — https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com — that anyone concerned can visit to see if they may be impacted by the breach. The site also lets consumers enroll in TrustedID Premier, a 3-bureau credit monitoring service (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union) which also is operated by Equifax.

According to Equifax, when you begin, you will be asked to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Based on that information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by this incident. Regardless of whether your information may have been impacted, the company says it will provide everyone the option to enroll in TrustedID Premier. The offer ends Nov. 21, 2017.

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Car Buying Tips from Destinations

Thinking about buying a car? You’ve come to the right place!

Destinations Credit Union has put together a lot of information on every phase of buying your car and getting yourself into the driver’s seat. Of course, you’ll want to check out our loan rates, calculate your loan payment, and even apply online. But before you finance your car, you need to find the right car or truck, find the best price and learn everything you need to know to save more money on the deal.

Get Ready

Get Preapproved

Apply online to see how much car you can afford.

Get Set

 Car Shopping Made Simple

We make car buying simple! Just visit our website to shop for your next vehicle.

      Shop from over 4 million cars in inventory

      Save your car searches and compare

      Get the CarFax Report

      Get the Kelly Blue Book value range for that model

      And more!

Calculator

Calculate your payments at your preapproved interest rate to see approximately what your payment will be.

Go!

Go get your perfect car! When you finance your loan with Destinations, we offer additional protection to you and your family in the form of:

GAP Insurance

One-time, low-cost loan protection makes up the gap between your auto insurance and the loan balance in the event of total loss of the vehicle.

GAP is available on all new and existing vehicle loans up to 84 months (new and used vehicles).

Benefits of GAP

If your vehicle is declared an insured total loss, GAP provides the following:

      Benefits are paid to $50,000

      Insurance deductible coverage is paid to $1000

      $1000 down payment credit when new loan is financed with Destinations MOVING FORWARD

Payment Protection

Add peace of mind to you and your family. This voluntary loan-payment protection helps you get relief from the financial burden of delinquency, default, or foreclosure should a protected life event unexpectedly occur.

Help play it safe.

MEMBER’S CHOICE™ Borrower Security* is a voluntary loan-payment protection product that helps you get relief from the financial burden of delinquency, default, or foreclosure if a protected life event unexpectedly happens to you. Simple eligibility requirements ease the enrollment process.

If a protected life event happens to you (and you’re a protected borrower or co-borrower on the loan), Destinations Credit Union will cancel or reduce repayment of your loan debt. Help lessen your worries, and your family’s worries, about paying loans during a time when your income may be reduced or lost and paying other household bills becomes challenging. Protected events include:

      Loss of life, including those caused by acts of war

      Disability, including those caused by acts of war

      Involuntary unemployment

Call a Loan Officer at 410-663-2500 and ask about protecting your loans, today.

*MEMBER’S CHOICE™ Borrower Security is a debt protection product offered by Destinations Credit Union. Enrollment in this debt protection product is voluntary and not required to obtain a loan. Please contact a Destinations Credit Union loan officer for additional information on benefit maximums, eligibility, limitations, and a copy of your contract.

Source: www.bls.gov, Economic Releases, The Employment Situation, February 2011

Trustage™ Auto Insurance

While you’re at it, you may want to think about shopping for new insurance. Trustage™ Auto Insurance may be able to save you some money.

You trust your credit union to offer products and services to help you do more with what you have. That’s why we’ve joined with a dedicated team of insurance professionals to bring you the TruStage Auto & Home Insurance Program.

Working with carefully selected insurance partners, these programs can provide discounted rates for credit union members, online services, and 24/7 claims service.

If you haven’t compared auto or home insurance rates lately, it’s a great time to take a look. Your credit union membership could result in some nice savings.

Get your free quote today or call 1-855-483-2149.

TruStage™ Auto and Home Insurance program is offered by TruStage Insurance Agency, LLC and issued by leading insurance companies. Discounts are not available in all states and discounts vary by state. The insurance offered is not a deposit and is not federally insured. This coverage is not sold or guaranteed by your credit union.

Mechanical Breakdown Insurance/Extended Warranty

Extend your manufacturer’s warranty to protect yourself against unexpected expenses.

Many members choose to extend the manufacturer’s warranty on their vehicle to protect themselves against unexpected expenses.

Through our partnership with Auto Exam, Destinations Credit Union offers a less expensive alternative to dealership extended warranties. Plus, you can take out a service contract at any time on vehicles that are 4 years old or less and have less than 60,000 miles – it doesn’t have to be at the time you purchased your vehicle.

      Vehicle DOES NOT have to be in manufacturer’s warranty.

      Vehicle DOES NOT require an inspection.

      Vehicle must be eligible for coverage (4 years old or less and have less than 60,000 miles).

      Member cannot file a claim within the first month and 1,000 miles of the contract.

For more information or a quote for your vehicle, contact a loan officer today at 410-663-2500.

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Buying a Home

Whether you’re buying your first home, a vacation home, refinancing, or using the equity in your current home, Destinations Credit Union can help!

We have a wide variety of first mortgages designed to meet your needs. We also have great Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit with low-interest rates. The Home Equity Line of Credit offers interest rates as low as prime minus 1% and no closing costs!

Before You Get Started

Destinations Credit Union offers a number of educational resources and guidance on what to gather before one of life’s largest purchases.

Time to Refinance?

Give yourself a mortgage checkup.

Are you considering ways to improve your financial position? One good thing to look at is your existing mortgage loan, particularly since interest rates have dropped substantially in recent months.

It’s a good idea to re-assess your mortgage financing every few years. In that time, a lot can happen in your life. You’ve built equity in your home. Your income may have increased — or decreased. You may have accumulated additional debt or paid down debt you had when you first took out your mortgage. And of course, mortgage interest rates have changed. The loan that was the perfect fit originally may not be right for you today.

If your income has increased or you’ve paid down your debt, consider refinancing for a lower interest rate and shorter term. You’ll reduce your interest costs and better position yourself to enjoy a comfortable retirement or pay for future college expenses. If your income is less now due to retirement, one spouse staying home with children, or other factors, you may be able to reduce your monthly mortgage payment with a lower interest rate. In either case, refinancing to pay off consumer debt may also be helpful in increasing your tax deduction and reducing your monthly debt burden.

It takes only a few minutes to determine if a change in mortgage financing is right for you. Our mortgage consultants can help you compare your current mortgage’s interest rate and monthly payment with the low-interest rates available in today’s market to determine if refinancing would be beneficial based on your current financial situation and needs.

Take a minute or so to give yourself a mortgage check-up today by calling Credit Union Mortgage, your credit union’s mortgage partner, at 703-667-4566 (Toll-free 844-429-8714).

Home Buying Guide

From A to Z, familiarize yourself with the home buying process with the help of Destinations Credit Union. Review our helpful Home Buying Guide for advice on signing the paperwork, determining if you’re ready to buy, choosing a real estate agent, increasing your borrowing power, and much more.

Real Estate Glossary

Have a good understanding of the mortgage process with a good understanding of the common terminology. Brush up on your real estate vocab with the help of common mortgage terms provided by Financial Security Consultants, Inc.

Supplemental Home Buying Resources

Home resources don’t just stop at signing a contract. Add peace of mind far beyond signing day with additional coverage options.

TruStage Auto & Home Insurance Program

Exclusively for credit union members like you, the TruStage Auto & Home Insurance Program provides affordable top-quality protection. You could enjoy discounted rates combined with online convenience and 24/7 claims service.

You trust your credit union to offer products and services to help you do more with what you have. That’s why we’ve joined with a dedicated team of insurance professionals to bring you the TruStage Auto & Home Insurance Program.

Working with carefully selected insurance partners, these programs can provide discounted rates for credit union members, online services, and 24/7 claims service.

If you haven’t compared auto or home insurance rates lately, it’s a great time to take a look. Your credit union membership could result in some nice savings.

Get your free quote today or call 1-855-483-2149.

TruStage™ Auto and Home Insurance program is offered by TruStage Insurance Agency, LLC and issued by leading insurance companies. Discounts are not available in all states and discounts vary by state. The insurance offered is not a deposit and is not federally insured. This coverage is not sold or guaranteed by your credit union.

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Building Wealth

Building wealth is a life-long pursuit that can mean different things at different points in our lives. Throughout your life, your priorities change. Fortunately, Destinations Credit Union has financial services that can help you bank smarter every step of the way!

Different Stages, Different Financial Focus

Kids & Tweens

From your child’s first savings account through their tween years, Destinations has a wealth of information and educational tools to help.

      Youth Savings – It’s never too early to start establishing savings — especially when Destinations makes it this easy!

      Coverdell Education Savings Account – Kids dream BIG. Help them fulfill those dreams well into the future. This education savings account helps to keep the cost of college affordable down the road.

      Spending Saving – Making Your Money – Teach children between 8 and 13 why caring about money should be important to them.

On Your Own

Young adults entering the working world need additional financial tools and education on financial options.

      Establish/Expand Banking relationship – Key to navigating financial success is building the right supporting infrastructure. Destinations offers several accounts, time-saving services — direct deposit and payroll deduction to keep money management easy and accessible.

      Consolidating Debt – Now that you have a steady paycheck, you may want to consider consolidating your debt into one low interest rate loan to make paying down your bills faster and easier.

      Responsible Financing – This is also a good opportunity to consider finally getting rid of the junker that got you through school and buying a new car or buying a starter home or condo. We offer our members a very customized process, plus very competitive rates due to the fact that any profits earned are poured back into securing lower rates for you!

Family First

As young adults settle down, your focus shifts to marriage, family and buying a house, among other things.

      Financing a Home – When it comes to one of life’s largest purchases, we’re here for you. Get pre-qualified, calculate loan payments, learn home buying tips, common mortgage terms, and more by visiting our partners, Financial Security Consultants, or by checking out our mortgage section.

      Capitalizing On Home Equity – Once you’ve built a bit of equity in your home, a home equity loan or line of credit can be a great tool for large purchases or home improvements.

      Broaden Your Savings – At this point, you’re more established and focusing on the future of yourself and your family is important. Our Coverdell ESA, IRAs, and High Yield Accounts help you to capitalize on your wealth, while providing solid ground for your exact savings goals.

      Insurance Coverage – Add peace of mind for yourself and your family. Take advantage of our several insurance resources, including a Family Security Plan, Auto & Homeowners Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, and more.

Empty Nest

As individuals age and they help prepare their children to go out on their own, your focus begins to look toward securing your own financial future, including retirement planning and planning to pay for things like weddings or higher education.

      Capitalizing On Home Equity – You’ve put a lot of hard work and money into your home. Capitalize on the equity you’ve established by transitioning it into financing for a family wedding, home improvements, or other large purchases.

 

      Retirement and Estate Planning – You’ve put in hard work to be where you are now. It’s time to cash in on a little bit of relaxation and peace of mind. We work closely with the CUNA Brokerage to bring you trusted expertise surrounding retirement and estate planning.

Resources for Any Age

Reaching Your Financial Destinations

Destinations Credit Union offers a blog, Reaching Your Financial Destinations, with a variety of topics aimed at helping you understand more about how things affect your financial life.

Make a Savings Plan

Saving is not only wise — it’s crucial to securing future goals. Learn how to create a savings plan you can actually stick to.

Financial Building Blocks

Building wealth amounts to a series of ongoing decisions. Equip yourself with solid knowledge by reviewing 10 tips that can have a major impact in building financial success.

Avoiding Payday Lending

If you need a few bucks to tide you over until payday, you might be tempted to go to a payday lender. If you are tempted to go to a payday lender for some short-term cash, we would highly advise against it. Learn more about why PayDay lending is a bad idea when it comes to building your wealth.

National Endowment for Financial Education

When it comes to assessing your financial picture, sometimes it can be hard to know where to even start. The Smart About Money website offers sound advice in several different aspects of money management in a way that’s very easy to understand and follow.


HOLIDAY CLOSING: Destinations will be CLOSED on Monday, May 30, 2022 in Observance of Memorial Day. BRANCH UPDATE: Effective Monday March 14th, until further notice, our Satyr Hill lobby will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. The Drive-thru will be open Monday thru Saturday with normal business hours. Our Northwest Hospital branch lobby will be open on Thursdays only at this time.Learn more