Calling all Consumers – Be Aware of Phone Scams

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Most of the time, unsolicited calls (like those from telemarketers) are simply annoying, but it’s important to recognize when the call is a scam. Recently, there have been an increasing number of illegal calls with a scam artist or even “robocaller,” a recorded voice, on the other end trying to get consumers to answer “yes” …

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Online Payday Loan Fraud on the Rise

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It’s important for consumers to be aware of the latest tactics criminals are using to steal personal information and money. Recently, there has been an increase in online payday loan fraud. Payday loans are small, short-term loans typically used by those who quickly need cash, but this solution comes at a high cost, including very …

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4 Tips for Traveling With a Credit Card

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by Janelle Witting Keeping Your Balance is a blog brought to you by Michigan First Credit Union and The Oakland Press. Whether you’re an international jet-setter or more of a camping-by-the-lake type, traveling is a great way to reduce stress and take a break from hectic daily schedules. A change of pace can recharge and …

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Data Breaches on the Rise, Protect Yourself

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Each week seems to bring news of another data breach affecting consumers’ credit and debit cards. While our security and card processing systems are secure, data breaches have affected both large and small retailers that many of us shop at. If your credit or debit card data is compromised as part of a retailer’s security …

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5 Financial Scams to Avoid

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by Michael Poulos, President/CEO of Michigan First Credit Union We all like to be in charge of our money.  When something happens that makes us feel like we’ve lost control, the experience is jarring. It is important to be vigilant when making any monetary decision – make sure you are always dealing with an institution …

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