More Useful Tips to Protect Your Accounts

Take precautions when doing business online

Internet and Online Security

Use caution when disclosing checking account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal financial data while visiting any website unless you receive a secured authentication key from your provider.

When you subscribe to an online service, you may be asked to give credit card information. When you enter any interactive service site, beware of con artists who may ask you to "confirm" your enrollment service by disclosing passwords or the credit card number used to subscribe.

Check Out Charities Before You Give

  • Contact the Better Business Bureau to investigate charities and other organizations.
  • When dealing with not for profit charities, always ask for them to send you the solicitation in the mail so that you can ensure that the request has the Symbol of Trust from the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).
  • Never donate funds to an organization that is not a member of ECFA. In order to be a member of the ECFA, organizations must submit their financial statements annually for yearly review. The ECFA in turn holds the organizations financially accountable and ensures that everything is legitimate.

CoastHills Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with 12 Central Coast locations throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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