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You check your email one day and see you have a job offer. You already have a job, but the offer is one that would allow you to pick up a little extra money in your spare time. And the job itself sounds fun—secret shopping. All you need is a bank account. You respond to the email and get a friendly message back welcoming you to the program. You’re told your first assignment will be for a money wiring service. You are told that you will receive a cashier’s check for $4,000. You are to deposit it into your bank account and then wire $3,500 of that money back to the secret shopping service using a local Western Union outlet. The remaining $500 is yours to keep. You are also given a form to fill out about your experience. This is likely the easiest $500 you will ever make.

You follow the instructions you are given and everything works just as you expect, until one day you get a call from your bank telling you that the $4,000 cashier’s check was returned as fraudulent and you are out not only the $4000 for the check that was no good, but also the $3,500 in real money that you wired out. You are now $7,500 in the hole.

Unfortunately, this happens more than you might think. And it’s not just fake secret shopping jobs. Fraudsters have come up with a number of ways to get you to willingly send them money. Here are just a few of them: Continue reading

During the fall 2013 semester, EECU will be hosting an intern from Texas Christian University. Through the internship program, she will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the operations of your credit union and to contribute to EECU’s mission of educating individuals about personal finances by leading a program for TCU students. Stay tuned throughout the semester for updates from Menglu Cai about what she’s learning!

Coming from an engineering family, I find my passion in the business world. Now, I am studying accounting and finance at Texas Christian University. As a senior, I have enough fundamental knowledge about my majors, but I don’t have any related work experience. However, accounting and finance are all about being practical. Some business students might be able to get the real experience from their family. However, coming from an engineering family, I need to find my own way into the business world. I think the only way to get into the real professional world is through an internship. I really appreciate that EECU Credit Union is providing me with this valuable opportunity. Continue reading

Tuesday evening, we will make updates to EECU’s Online Banking program to enhance security for your accounts. Many of you have already updated your account with a new username and a phone number or email address for account verification purposes, but if you haven’t already, you will be required to do so when you log in after the update.

What will change?

The first time you log in after the update, you will be greeted with a new screen. What you are asked to do at that point will depend on your current settings.

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EECU’s investment services team works each day to help our members choose investments and build portfolios that support their immediate and long-term financial goals. And in doing so, our advisors have become familiar with common concerns and misconceptions of the investments world. Here, they weigh in on a few of the most frequently asked questions.

Can you get me higher returns on my investments?

The short answer is, “Yes.” The long answer contains an honest question: “How much risk are you willing to take?” You see, there are always investments that offer higher rates of return, but it’s not comparing apples to apples. Higher risk—and sometimes lower quality—investments often have to pay higher yields to attract investors. Not all investors can afford or stomach the risks associated with these. There are, however, investments that balance out the risk and have a good track record of producing above-average income without as much risk. Of course, it’s important to note that these still carry more risk than a federally insured savings account or certificate of deposit (CD). Continue reading

Beginning this week, EECU Credit Union is welcoming around 5,000 new members to the family following the completion of a merger with Fort Worth Telco Credit Union. We are very excited to begin serving you with financial products and services to help you reach your goals.

To kick things off, check out these resources to make the most of your EECU membership:

Sign Up for Online Banking

Download our Mobile Apps

Like EECU on Facebook

Follow EECU on Twitter

Find Your Nearest Branch or ATM

If you’re a new member, we’re eager to answer your questions, so give our member contact center a call at 817-882-0800 or stop by your nearest branch today and meet our team!

My friend did not use her debit card very often. But one day her financial institution’s fraud department alerted her that that her card was being used to simultaneously charge $1000 at a truck stop in El Paso AND charge hundreds of dollars at various home furnishing stores in Rockwall. My friend was in neither place while those debits were occurring. Fortunately, after filling out and signing some forms, she was able to get her money back. But what happened? And how do you prevent it?

In her case, there were a couple of possibilities. She had recently used the card to buy lunch at a restaurant in the area. As is typical in these types of establishments, her card was out of her sight for a few minutes while the debit transaction was being processed. The server could’ve used an easily concealable handheld device to “skim” the card and store the information for later use. Skimmers are easily available online and can be used in situations like this to steal card information. Continue reading

If you paid a casual visit to the NBC website on Feb. 21, you likely got a little something extra with your info or funny video—computer malware designed to steal Online Banking credentials (see here and here). Welcome to the new world of bank robbery. Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself.

Sophisticated criminals no longer wear masks and pass menacing notes to tellers. No, today’s bank robber simply infects a website with malware, then waits for users to become infected and log in to Online Banking on their own. The hidden malware on the user’s infected computer quietly passes the Online Banking login information back to the criminal, or in more sophisticated attacks, allows the criminal to highjack your session while you are still logged in. Later you may notice that money was sent to an unknown person or business using person-to-person payments or even Bill Pay.

I suspect that most of you will have one of two responses:

“My computer can get infected just by visiting a website?”

or

“I have antivirus software on my computer so shouldn’t I be safe?”

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Considering a new car? Buying a car, especially if you’ve never done it before, can be extremely stressful, just because there’s so much to think about. That being said, it’s well worth putting in the extra time to plan ahead. In doing so, you’ll save time and money. Plus, you won’t end up with a lemon! These five tips will help you get started.

1. Leave room in your budget

Buying a new car? You’ll probably need at least a few thousand dollars in your savings account for the down payment, plus some room in your budget for regular auto loan payments of several hundred dollars. Even used cars are expensive, but in many ways, they’re a lot more economical than a new car. According to Kelley Blue Book, most cars lose 20 percent of their value in the first year, and 60 percent of their value within five years. When you consider the fact that most five-year-old cars don’t have many problems, a used car is a great deal.

2. Do your homework

Make sure you learn as much as you can about your car before you buy it. Websites like ConsumerReports.org and kbb.com (Kelley Blue Book’s official website) can give you unbiased information about the value of your vehicle, its reliability and even the driving experience. If you’re buying a used car, make sure to get the repair records and, ideally, a CARFAX report. It’s also important to test drive a vehicle before you consider purchasing it. This is the only way to know if the vehicle is comfortable for you and handles the way you like it. Continue reading

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April is Financial Literacy Month, and we want to hear from you. What questions do you have about managing your money and finances? We’ll be accepting questions all month and giving you the answers to what matters most to you.

Submitting is easy! Just leave a comment below, tweet us at the @EECUdfw handle or post on our Facebook page at facebook.com/eecudfw. We’ll keep you updated with answers to the questions we receive here on our blog, on our Facebook page and through our Twitter account, so be sure to Like us, follow us and keep checking back for insight into the issues that matter most to our members. Continue reading