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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

At Health Advantage Credit Union, our members are like family. And like you, during these last few weeks we've been focused on doing all the things we need to do to keep our families safe and healthy. As we continue to monitor reports of the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we are open and here to assit you in any way we can!  

FINANCIAL RELIEF        FRAUDS & SCAMS 


March 30, 2020 11:30am

Due to Governor Whitmer's announcement of a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life for at least the next several weeks, our Call Center and Drive Thru services will remain available to assist you during the following hours:

Drive Thru

• 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday
• 8:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 
• 9:00am - 12:30pm Saturday

Call Center

• 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday
• 8:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 
• 9:00am - 12:30pm Saturday

Additionally, all of our remote services and ATMs are available 24X7 to access your accounts. Hours are subject to change.


March 24, 2020 7:50 am

As things continue to evolve daily with COVID-19, we at Health Advantage Credit Union want you to know that for the past fifty years, our mission has been serving our members. Although times have changed, our commitment to helping support our members has not.  If you are concerned about or are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, we are here and ready to help in any way we can. 
Find out How we can Help!
Contact us Monday thru Friday 8:30am – 6:00pm
CALL 989-791-7070 x3501 or TEXT 989-399-9661

Just know that we are all in this together. As needs arise, we will evaluate additional options to help support our members.


March 20, 2020 12:36pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic situation keeps evolving and with the "Stay-At-Home" executive order just issued by Governor Whitmer, we want to assure you that Health Advantage Credit Union will be open and here to take care of our member's needs.

Your Money is Safe with Us! Your funds with HACU are federally insured for $250,000 or more and are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government. Your Federally Insured Funds

Our lobby services have been suspended as of Tuesday, March 17th as a safety measure for our members and our staff. Branch transactions are being offered through the drive-thru or appointment only.

As of today, March 20, 2020, we are EXPANDING our drive-thru and call center hours. 

Expanded Drive-Thru Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Expanded Call Center Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Our staff is here to serve you and assist you with any of your remote access needs. If you have any questions about getting started, please feel free to call us at 989-791-7070 x3503 or text 989-399-9662. Hours are subject to change.


March 16, 2020 2:44pm

During this evolving public health situation, our main priority is the health and safety of our team and our members. We greatly care about our members and want to do our part to keep you healthy, our employees healthy and help minimize the spread of the virus. In saying that, we are taking aggressive steps to assist in the containment of the Coronavirus, including closing our lobbies until further notice beginning Tuesday, March 17. 

Making certain our members maintain access to their accounts and funds is important. Ensuring the well-being of our members and employees is imperative. Remain closely connected to your funds and follow social distancing recommendations suggested by health experts, by employing the following practices:

  • Bank from your home with our Mobile Banking App. This remains the quickest and most convenient ways to manage your HACU accounts. You can view account balances and histories, transfer between your accounts, make loan and credit card payments, apply for a loan and free mobile bill pay!
  • HACU’s remote mobile deposit feature allows you to deposit checks swiftly and securely with your smart phone or tablet. 
  • Pay all of your bills without having to write checks or visit the post office through our Online Banking with Free Bill Pay.  
  • Get 24x7 Telephone Banking assistance and check account balances, transfer funds, and more.
  • New Account Applications can be done online.
  • Loan and Mortgage applications can also be handled online or over the phone.
  • Live Chat online with us to ask any account related questions you have during normal business hours.
  • Visit us through drive-thru and complete your transaction without having to step foot outside of your vehicle!
  • Night Deposit available at all locations: Deposit checks and cash. Deposits are credited to accounts each morning upon opening.
  • HACU is also a member of the CO-OP Network, offering 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs -- many offering deposit-taking functionality -- across the United States.

March 12, 2020 at 2:04 pm

As we continue to monitor reports of the potential impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that Health Advantage Credit Union is here to serve your financial needs. During this evolving public health situation, our main priority is the health and safety of our team and our members. We are asking everyone to take extra precautions and do their part to prevent the spread. We’re following guidance from federal, state and local agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations.

Here are the steps we’re taking to protect our members and team:

In Our Branches

  • Hand Sanitizer is available throughout our buildings, as well as sanitizing wipes and spray.
  • Cleaning commonly used areas more frequently, including our teller stations.
  • Following best practices for safe money handling, as always.

For Our Team

  • Encouraging our staff to closely monitor their health and well-being.
  • Providing hand sanitizer in all accessible staff locations.
  • Encouraging our tellers to wear gloves when handling money.  
  • Asking our staff to stay home if they, or someone in their household, are sick.

For Our Members

  • As a reminder, you can take advantage of our numerous alternatives to face-to-face interactions, including remote depositonline and mobile banking, chatphone services and utilizing our drive thru banking option.
  • You might consider wearing gloves or using a pen when accessing the ATM machine or debit/credit card machines.
  • Lastly, you can follow the CDC’s suggested hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus.

For additional information about COVID-19, view the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control click here.


FRAUDS & SCAMS

Protecting you from fraud is our top priority and we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of your information!  The overwhelming amount of news coverage surrounding the coronavirus has created a new danger – scams in all forms. We live in a world where the bad guys prey on every opportunity that is available. This is a reminder to please be careful and hesitant of all emails, phone calls and items pertaining to the Coronavirus. The safest place to find out information about the Coronavirus is directly from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  


April 3, 2020   Beware of Scammers Trying to Steal Your Payment


Here is information from the IRS about how you can avoid becoming a victim of scammers trying to steal your money and personal information.

Scammers may:

  • Emphasize the words “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” Those are incorrect. The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Ask you to sign over your economic impact payment check to them.
  • Ask by phone, email, text, or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information saying that the information is needed to receive or speed up your economic impact payment.
  • Suggest that they can get a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working on the taxpayer’s behalf. This scam could be conducted by social media or even in person.
  • Mail the taxpayer a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, then tell the taxpayer to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.
  • Those who receive unsolicited emails, text messages or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), should forward it to phishing@irs.gov.

March 26, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an urgent consumer alert urging Michiganders to be on high alert for bad actors aiming to coerce them out of their personal information in a new federal stimulus payment scam.  Scammers are using the news that the federal government will send one-time payments to millions of people across the country as part of the federal economic relief response to COVID-19 to steal personal information. 

The Michigan Department of Attorney General has already received reports that residents are getting emails from websites appearing to be official demanding that they provide PayPal, bank account or other financial information to receive the $1,200 federal stimulus payment immediately.  The Attorney General’s office is reminding anyone who receives a text, email or phone call from someone claiming to be from the government with a check for them — DO NOT FALL FOR IT. These fake phishing scams will likely ask for a person’s bank account information and insist $1,000 or more will be deposited directly into his or her bank account.  

Personal information should not be given to anyone unless the provider of that information is absolutely certain of the identity of the person requesting it.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the federal stimulus payment and specific disbursement details, only visit the IRS website.

Week of March 23rd

Beware of work-at-home scams through job search websites and digital ads claiming you'll earn big money.  These scam will offer you something while looking for something in return.  For example they may offer to send you a large check to purchase a computer to get your home office set up but then request that you send a $500 gift card back to them  These scams are coming through phone calls, emails and online. REMEMBER if they want something in return (account number, gift card, license number, any personal identifying information, etc) that should be a red flag to you that it is a scam!   See best practices below for other ways to avoid fraud and scams.   

Week of March 16th
Fraudulent emails have surfaced claiming to be from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) directing unsuspecting recipients to harmful websites that load malware or other harmful applications, under the ruse of offering important pandemic information. In response to these and other campaigns, the WHO and CDC have issued alert warnings to consumers to be on the lookout for individuals posing as the organizations.


Best Practices to Avoid Scams

The best practice in avoiding scams and hackers is to not click on any links in emails you were not expecting or you did not request, just delete the emails. As a reminder, if you are Health Advantage Credit Union Debit/ATM Card holder and suspect fraudulent activity on your account you should contact us immediately. 

Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
  • Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
  • Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

 

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