In this issue:
Spread The Word, Share The Wealth
At Columbus Metro, we believe the highest compliment you can pay
us is to recommend us to someone else. Now you can earn up to $50
each time you do, thanks to our new referral program.
You can refer almost anyone, as long as they live, work, worship
or attend school in Franklin County. And there's no limit on the
number of people you can refer. The more referrals you make, the
more you can earn!
You'll earn $25 if your referral opens a qualifying checking account
and $25 if they finance an auto loan with us. That's up to $50 per
referral. What's more, your referral will earn the same amount.
It's easy to cash in. Simply complete our referral
form and give it to a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker.
Have them bring the form to any of our branches to open a new account.
After the account's been open 60 days, we'll review it and pay out
For complete details, stop in any of our offices or go to www.columbusmetro.org/referralform.pdf.
Spread Holiday Cheer
Give everyone on your list the gift of choice this holiday season
when you give Visa® Gift
cards from Columbus Metro.
Gift cards are just $2.95 each and may be purchased at any of our
offices. Two limited-edition holiday designs with matching greeting
cards are now available but hurry, supplies are limited!
Monthly inactivity fee of $2.95 after 12 consecutive
months of inactivity. Lost/stolen replacement card fee of $5.00
New Share Insurance Web Site
The National Credit Union Administration recently launched a
redesigned Web site to better serve credit union members. The
enhanced English and Spanish versions of www.MyCreditUnion.gov
are tailored to consumers who want to learn more about credit
unions and the Share Insurance Fund, which protects member deposits.
The site includes a Share Insurance eCalculator that you can use
to calculate your coverage under the NCUSIF. The calculator can
also help you structure your accounts to receive coverage above
the $250,000 provided to an individual account.
Staying Safe This Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time for laughter, fun and warmth. Sadly,
it's also the peak time for crime. According to the National
Crime Prevention Council, crime usually increases during and
after the holiday season. If you still receive federal benefits
by paper check, your money could be vulnerable.
More than 540,000 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income
checks were reported lost or stolen in 2010 one of the reasons
why the Treasury Department is getting rid of paper checks for federal
benefits. You must switch to an electronic payment method by March
12, 2013. To sign up, go to the Treasury Department's Go Direct®
campaign Web site, www.GoDirect.org,
or call the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at
Once you switch, you can rest easy knowing your benefits are safe
and secure. To protect your money at all times, safeguard your personal
information by following these tips:
- Be wary of anyone who calls or e-mails saying they are from
a government agency and asks for personal information.
- Never give your Social Security Number or other personal information
to anyone unless you initiate contact and know who you are dealing
- Regularly check your account activity to ensure there are no
For more information on protecting yourself from identity theft
and other financial crimes, visit the Federal Trade Commission's
Identity Theft Web site at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/.