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Federal Government Benefits Going Electronic

If you apply for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you must receive your payments electronically. If you did not sign up for electronic payments when you applied for benefits, we strongly urge you to do it now. If you are receiving payment by check, you have until March 1, 2013 to switch to a form of electronic payment. If you do not select a form of electronic payment by March 1, 2013, we will continue to pay you by check, but Treasury will contact you about complying with the requirement. For more information regarding switching to an electronic payment by March 1, 2013, refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Go Direct Website at http://godirect.org/ or call the helpline at 1-800-333-1795. It's safe, quick and convenient. If you are already receiving benefits, you can obtain a password and start or change Direct Deposit online. You can also sign up at your bank, credit union or savings and loan. Or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY

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SCAM Alert

Better Business Bureau Warns Wisconsin Businesses About Official Looking Letter from "Corporate Records Service" The Wisconsin BBB is warning businesses throughout the state about a letter being sent out, requesting information and payment from a company called "Corporate Records Service" asking business owners to fill out an "Annual Minutes Form" and submit a fee of $125 to a Madison mail box. Businesses are not required by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (WDFI) or any other state agency to complete the form. According to WDFI, the letter includes information about companies that is available on the DFI website, such as corporation number and incorporation date, that make it appear to be a legitimate request. WDFI says, "Business owners should not be hoodwinked into giving out potentially confidential information and paying an unnecessary fee." Corporate Records Service is not registered with WDFI. The form states that Corporate Records Service is offering to

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Important Notice: Credit Card “Checkout Fee” by Retailers New fees may be coming to a cash register near you. You could start seeing a new retailer surcharge or “checkout fee” when you use your credit card to make purchases. In July 2012, a settlement was reached between retailers, nine major banks, and Visa and MasterCard over electronic payment costs. Starting January 27, 2013, as part of the settlement, retailers now have the option to charge a “checkout fee” when you use your credit card. This is not a charge from Blackhawk Community Credit Union and does not apply to using your debit card to make purchases (even when you select "credit" at checkout). To learn more, visit www.knowyourcard.org call us at 608-755-6065.

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Calling for Board of Director Nominees

There are two openings on Blackhawk's Board of Directors and one nominee with incumbent, Tom Brien. To petition to become a nominee, please email our Executive Assistant, Kim Jordan at kjordan@bhccu.org. All petitions must be submitted by March 1, 2013.

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Best Teen Account

NerdWallet is an unbiased consumer finance website committed to sharing the best banking deals with consumers. They regularly select their top picks for the best teen savings accounts in the country. Blackhawk’s Teen Money Maker Account made the list! Check out the story here. Stop in to open a Money Maker Account and our friendly Member Advisors will help your teen start regularly saving today.

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Mobile Banking

BHCCU’s Mobile Banking is available for any phone that has text or an internet browser. All members with Online Banking can begin using it right away. Transactions happen immediately – just like Online Banking. Choose from the following options. Text Banking - The fastest way to your account information Get instant access to balances, transfer funds, or check your history without having to log in. Simply text BHCCU and we will text you your account info back. WAP (Web Application) - Our web app can be used on any phone with an internet browser If you have internet access on your phone check out this app that lets you view your account balances, search histories, transfer funds or search for the nearest branch.  Enter mobilebanking.bhccu.org into your mobile browser and start using. Android App.  If you have an Android phone you can download the BHCCU mobile app.  Search for Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Google Play. Coming soon…Apps for Apple iPhone and

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E-Alerts

Want to know when a deposit was made or a large withdrawal was taken from your account? Send yourself an e-Alert by email or text. You have many options to set up notices to yourself. eAlerts are a FREE resource offered to help you take control of your finances. Transaction Alerts - Get an alert for a particular check that clears, deposits, or withdrawal. You set the amount and the type of transactions you want to monitor. Overdraft Alerts - Receive a message when your overdraft protection is activated. Balance Alerts - Be notified when your account reaches a high or low-balance threshold that you determine. It can save you from expensive overdrafts! Loan Alerts - If you have a loan or mortgage at BHCCU, you have many loan alerts options like loan due dates, payment notifications, line of credit balances, and past due alerts. Online Security Alerts -Be sure your online account is secure by sending yourself an alert every time your account is accessed on Online Banking,

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