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7 Naughty Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday SeasonDecember 5, 2018

1. Phishing emails 

Phishing scams abound ahead of the holidays. They can take the form of bogus delivery confirmation requests seeking your information or even a personalized letter to your child from “Santa.” Never share personal information online with an unverified source. 

2. Fake charities  

Sadly, many scammers capitalize on the goodwill that flourishes this time of year by asking you to make a donation to a bogus charity. Verify the authenticity of any charity you’d like to make a contribution to by checking it out on a website like CharityNavigator.org. 

3. Package theft 

Unfortunately, some 23 million customers will have their packages stolen from their doorsteps this year. Don’t be one of them. If possible, arrange for a delivery requiring your signature upon receipt. Otherwise, track your order and know when to look out for it so you can bring it inside as quickly as possible. 

4. Bogus sites 

Don’t believe ads or websites that are practically giving goods away for free. Once you click an ad link and place an order, you’ll never hear from the site again. Worse yet, the scammers may use the information you shared to empty your accounts. 

Only shop on reputable sites and always check the URL before placing an order. It may look strikingly similar to a popular site, but if one letter is off or missing completely, the site is bogus. Also, look for that important “s” after the “http” in the web address to verify a site’s security. 

5. Fake freebies 

If you’re offered any outrageous free gifts this holiday season, whether via text message, email or social media posts, ignore them. You’re looking at a scam, designed to lure you into sharing your information with criminals or unwittingly installing malware on your device. 

6. Defunct gift cards 

Many scammers sell expired or empty gift cards this time of year. Ask to inspect any gift card you purchase before you finalize the sale. Check to see if the activation code is exposed.  If it is, the scammer has likely already used the card or has copied the information and will use it soon. 

7Temporary holiday jobs 

During the busy holiday season, many scammers pose as employees of recognized businesses and post help-wanted ads on social media platforms and popular websites. When a potential worker follows the links in these ads, they are directed to a bogus site that looks legit. They’ll then be asked to share personal information in order to submit an application. The scammer will then make off with this information and the promised job will never materialize. 

If you’re looking for a seasonal job, apply in person or directly on a business’s website. Do not follow any links. 

5 Scams To Avoid This Black Friday – November 19, 2018

Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be great fun – but they can also put you at great risk. Scams abound on the weekend that heralds the holiday shopping season, and you don’t want a phishing scheme or a bogus bargain to turn you into a Grinch. 

Here are 5 scams to look out for as you brave the frenzied crowds while trying to snag the best deals after Thanksgiving.  

1. Crazy deals that are actually bogus 

The noisy crowds and flashy ads on Black Friday can lead you to make rash decisions and spend more than you planned. But be careful not to leave your senses at home. 

An iPhone X retailing at just $12? A pair of genuine Ugg boots for just $9? These deals sound insane because that’s exactly what they are. And yet, thousands of people happily send their money to online stores that are advertising these laughable prices on Black Friday. And of course, once the scammers have your credit card information, they won’t hesitate to use it for their own shopping spree – all on your dime. 

Be smarter: Don’t believe any advertised price that is ridiculously low. It’s only bait used by scammers to lure you into their trap. Black Friday deals tend to fall within the 20-30% off range or an offer of free shipping. 

2. Black Friday gift cards for cheap 

In the weeks leading up to Black Friday, you might see an explosion of cheap gift cards being sold at online marketplaces. The gift cards are linked to big-name retailers and are offered for a fraction of their real value. 

These cards are usually stolen from their real owners. The victim of the theft will likely report the loss and the card will be disabled. And you’ll have forked over your hard-earned money for a card that’s not worth the plastic it’s made from. 

Be smarter: Don’t buy any gift cards that are retailing at a heavily marked-down price. 

3. Bait and switch 

Want to be the lucky winner of a brand new iPhone X? Just fill out a form with your personal details and take this survey. You may just be the proud new owner of the super-expensive phone! 

If you know anything about online scams, you’ll already recognize this one. Your personal details and a site whose authenticity you can’t verify are two things that should never meet. The sweepstakes is just the scammer’s bait to get at your information. And, with holiday expenses growing each year, it’s the perfect time to lure an innocent victim into thinking they’ve just saved a ton of money. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re safe from this scam just because you’re doing all your Black Friday shopping at the mall. “Bait and switch” scams can happen offline, too. 

The brick-and-mortar version of this scam is somewhat less nefarious. Retailers will advertise deals so amazing you’ll find yourself travelling across town and battling impossible traffic to grab these bargains. Once you finally reach the store, though, you’ll be told that those items are all sold out, but you can check out the items they do have in stock. You’ll be shown similar, but inferior, products and cheap knockoffs, or nothing you’re interested in at all. These scams are just a waste of your time and often your money, too. 

Be smarter: Don’t enter any sweepstakes or believe advertisements for heavily marked-down prices on sites and stores you’re unfamiliar with. 

4. Delivery problems 

With so much of your shopping happening online, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to receive an email claiming there’s been a problem with the delivery of one of your purchases. But if you get an email like this asking you to click on a link or download an attachment to arrange an alternative delivery date, you’re looking at a scam. You may also receive a message asking you to pay an extra fee for delivery after you’ve completed an order. Again, this email is bogus and you’re being scammed. Ignore these emails. And, if you have a problem with the delivery of your purchase, contact the seller or company directly. 

Be smarter: Never download anything or click on a link from an unverifiable source. 

5. Online purchases that can only be paid for with a wire transfer 

If you’re planning on going on an all-out spending spree this Black Friday, use your credit card. It offers you the most protection against purchases that don’t turn out to be what you expected. 

A debit card can be a good choice, too, if you’re only shopping at stores and retailers you trust and frequent often. 

Never agree to an online purchase demanding payment via money order or wire transfer. These are favorites among scammers since they are similar to paying with cash – once the money has changed hands, there’s almost no way you can get it back. 

Be smarter: When frequenting unfamiliar stores and sites, use your credit card. 

Be an educated shopper this Black Friday and outsmart scammers! 

OCCU Online Banking Update– September 17, 2018

Effective September 17, 2018, Our Community Credit Union will be offering a more secure Online Banking login process.

What does this mean for you?
In an ongoing effort to protect our membership, OCCU’s Online Banking users are now required to create a unique username and will no longer be able to use account/member numbers to login.  This is a mandatory change to maintain the highest security for your financial needs.

Important things to remember:

  • Protecting your financial information is our top priority
  • This upgrade will not change any other function of online banking

Username Requirements:

  • Username should contain a minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 characters
  • Must include one upper-case letter, one lower-case letter and a number
  • No special characters allowed
  • For additional sign-on information click Welcome to OCCU Online Banking!

Contact us if you have any questions!
800.426.5657 • 360.426.9701

OCCU Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients – June 15, 2018

Our Community Credit Union awarded a total of $6,000 to high school seniors from Shelton High School, Mary M Knight High School, Elma High School, Montesano High School and Vashon Island High School.  To be eligible for the scholarship, all graduates are OCCU members and attending a college this fall.

This year’s recipients are: Abigail Lawson (VISH), Ian Frost (MMKHS), Juan Equihua Torres (SHS), Alee Dagle (SHS), Mikhaela Nelson (EHS), and Evan Ramstad (MHS).

2018 OCCU Scholarship Winners

Not pictured:   Mikhaela Nelson and Evan Ramstad.

OCCU is proud to encourage and recognize the dedicated, driven local youth of our communities through this scholarship program and wish them great success as they continue to grow!

Our Community Credit Union Has Been Rated Healthiest Credit Union in Washington State and Ranked 25th in the Country by DepositAccounts.com.

April 16, 2018

DepositAccounts.com, a leading industry expert in tracking financial institutions across the United States, has recently released their annual published list of the top 200 healthiest banks and credit unions.  Our Community Credit Union was rated 25th in the country and the highest rated credit union in Washington State.

“Our Community Credit Union is extremely proud of this accomplishment. It is a direct reflection of the confidence our members have with us… We could not achieve something like this without the consistent effort and dedication of all our employees.” -Bert Fisher, President/CEO. 

DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of over 11,000 banks and credit unions in the United States once per quarter. To determine bank ranking and recognition, DepositAccounts.com grades each institution on a number of factors, including capitalization, deposit growth, and loan-to-reserve ratios.

“We believe it is important to give consumers a way to evaluate the financial health of their institutions,” said Ken Tumin, founder of DepositAccounts.com. “Our list empowers consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a financial institution.”

For a complete listing of the 2018 Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America, visit the OCCU DepositAccounts.com rating page.

About DepositAccounts.com

DepositAccounts.com is the largest and most comprehensive online publication in the U.S. dedicated to banking and deposits product information for consumers. It covers every federally insured bank and credit union and utilizes its patented technology to track approximately 275,000 consumer deposit rates, each updated nightly. The site features more than 11,000 editorial articles detailing depository strategies and highlighting current bank rates and offers. It is also home to one of the largest communities of depositors on the Web, hosting more than 100,000 comments, customer reviews, and forum threads.

OCCU Steamboat Branch is NOW OPEN! December 5, 2017New branch located at Steamboat Island highway 101 exit in Thurston County, WA

Our doors officially opened on Monday, November 27, so be sure to stop in and discover our state of the art 2,100 square foot branch, just across from the Steamboat Animal Hospital.  The new branch features an indoor ATM that accepts both check and cash deposits which sets it apart from the other OCCU locations.

Conveniently located at the Steamboat Island exit just off Highway 101 between Shelton and Olympia, the Steamboat branch is sure to be a handy option for those living in the Steamboat neighborhood and for our commuting members as well.

During the month of December, please come in to enter to win one of many valuable gift certificates and a Seahawk theme display.  Free giveaways are also available to our visitors.

Branch hours can be located here.

Be Aware of Scams– November 20, 2017

It is difficult to ignore a ringing telephone, especially during the holiday season. While fraudulent emails and unwanted mail can be deleted or tossed in the trash, telephone calls are tougher to tune out. Because telephone calls are still considered a secure form of communication, voice phishing scams take advantage of the consumers trust in their financial institution to steal money and personal information by pretending to be a trusted employee.

Most recently, Our Community Credit Union account holders have been receiving bogus calls from someone identifying himself /herself as being an employee of the credit union. These impersonators are using every possible tactic they can use in order to get their hands on sensitive information. One recent call was to a member stating they were behind on their credit card payment.  Within the same phone call, the fake employee offered a lower interest rate credit card to lower their monthly payment and asked to give their credit card number over the phone in order to apply the lower rate.

Remember, Scammers Do Not Know You.

If someone calls, emails or sends you a text message claiming to be an employee at Our Community Credit Union, surely it is to notify you of something, not to ask questions regarding your account. We know who our members are! As part of our personal, caring service, Our Community Credit Union employees are well aware when making phone calls, who they are calling, and would never ask members for the following:

  • Debit or credit card number
  • Your PIN number
  • Social security number
  • Account number
  • Copies of monthly statements
  • You to send/wire money for verifications

Be aware and please contact us if you are unsure if the communication is coming from OCCU. Call 800-426-5657 to speak with a member representative.

Equifax Data Breach – Updated, September 14, 2017

On September 7, 2017 Equifax Inc., Our Community Credit Union’s (OCCU) primary credit reporting agency, announced a breach in cyber security that potentially has exposed personal information of roughly 143 million US consumers.  We understand you may be concerned and have questions.

The information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some instances driver’s license numbers.  In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.  Equifax has established a website with a simple way to check if your information is part of the breach by entering your name and last six digits of your social security number please click here.

OCCU understands the violation felt by having personal information accessed by criminals.  We promise to do our due diligence by informing our membership of any extra information we are able to obtain in relation to the breach as well as encouraging OCCU staff to be extra vigilant for red flags as we review member details daily.

Equifax suggests customers’ sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.  The company is providing free service for one year through TrustedID Premier, whether you have been impacted by this breach or not.  If you decide you want to take advantage of the fraud monitoring service after you have reviewed their offer you can click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Some members may want to consider what’s called a credit freeze. Taking this step means your credit  is frozen and lenders are unable to extend an offer of credit without you lifting the freeze with a PIN. This step can be an inconvenience so it important to fully understand if a credit freeze is right for your situation. Learn more about credit freezes and this particular breach on the Federal Trade Commission’s website

The credit union recommends that our members stay personally alert as well during this trying time.  The OCCU Mobile App and Mobile Alerts App are helpful tools, with customizable features that you can set which are specific to your spending habits.  Both apps provide convenient and secure access while monitoring your accounts.

OCCU stands by our commitment to our members to provide personal, caring service, ever watchful of those whom might try to take advantage of others.

OCCU Sponsors FREE Community Shred Events – August 8, 2017

Our Community Credit Union is sponsoring FREE paper shredding events where you can safely destroy your documents containing sensitive and personal information. Lemay, a prCanned Food Donations Accepted at Eventsofessional document destruction service with a mobile shredding unit, will be at the OCCU branch parking lots for anyone in the community to take advantage of this free service.

What’s the cost? FREE! Please donate a canned non-perishable food item at the event to support the local food bank.

Please find a list of dates and locations below:

  • Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from 11am-2pm at the Mt. View branch location.

OCCU Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients – June 13, 2017

Our Community Credit Union awarded a total of $6,000 to high school seniors from Shelton High School, Elma High School, Montesano High School and Vashon Island High School.  To be eligible for the scholarship, all graduates are OCCU members and attending a college this fall.

This year’s recipients are:

Julie  Goodale (SHS), Tessa Wood (SHS), Kortney Bailey (EHS), Shayla Floch (MHS), Linnet Chappelka (VIHS) & Mia Peterson (VIHS).


Recognizing that tuition rates continue to rise at a rapid pace, OCCU established the scholarship fund to assist members planning to pursue a college degree or certification from a technical/vocational school.  This year, OCCU raised the number of available scholarships from three to six.

OCCU Honored for Lowest VISA Debit Fraud Rate – May 4, 2017

We received quite an honor last week when Member Access Pacific announced that Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) had won the VISA Debit Processing Service (DPS) Client Achievement for Lowest Debit Fraud Rate.  This “Best in Class” award is in recognition of OCCU achieving the lowest fraud rate among all U.S. debit card issuing banks and credit unions using the VISA DPS platform during the 2016 program year (January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016).Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) had won the VISA Debit Processing Service (DPS) Client Achievement Award for Lowest Debit Fraud Rate

“Our OCCU VISA team works diligently to protect our member’s accounts daily.”, says Kari Waylett, VP of Operations, “Fraud is an ever changing landscape… Card fraud occurs at:  merchant point of sale, ATM skimming, online orders, etc.  For our team to stay on top of the immense amount of information required to combat fraud, it requires a passion and a commitment that is hard to come by.  A key component to our success lies in the managing our plastics in-house.  This award should reassure OCCU VISA cardholders that regardless of size or location, they are protected by one of the best credit unions in the U.S.  I am extremely proud of the work our OCCU VISA team provides to our membership and am honored to receive such a reputable award on behalf of OCCU.”

OCCU has 27,000 members, is $359 million in assets and operates branches in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, Montesano and Vashon.  Plans to open an 8th full service branch will take place in Steamboat Square, in Thurston county later in the fall.

Financial Reality Fair at Elma High School – February 22, 2017

Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) hosted a Financial Reality Fair for 83 students at the Elma High School on February 22, 2017.

The Financial Reality Fair provided students with a hands-on opportunity to test living within a budget.  This “real world” assigns each student a career and salary, deducts things like taxes, and then they are tasked with budgeting their money wisely by making real life decisions.  At the end of the experience, students have learned what it takes to make ends meet from month to month, and now have a better appreciation of the importance of budgeting, financial planning, and making wise purchasing choices.

Local business partners in the community volunteered to assist students at the various booths students visited to make their financial decisions.

We are proud of the Elma High School students’ participation and energy with this reality fair.  OCCU is committed to educating our youth.

OCCU is $328 million in assets and has seven branch locations throughout Mason and Grays Harbor Counties and on Vashon Island.

Volunteers assist students with managing their budgets.

Volunteers assist students with managing their budgets.

 

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Steamboat Branch – November 23, 2016

Our Community is growing!! In 2017 we will be joining the Steamboat Island Community located on the western edge of Olympia, Washington. This will be the first credit union to locate in the Steamboat area and OCCU’s 8th full service location.

New Steamboat Branch Concept

New Steamboat Branch Concept

The new, 2,100 square foot branch is currently under construction at the newly, expanded Steamboat Square development and is scheduled to open the 2nd or early 3rd quarter of 2017.  The Credit Union will offer services for consumers including checking, savings, wealth management, consumer loans, and mortgage loans. The branch will also have a drive-thru including a 24-hour drive-up ATM.

We are excited to get to know the people of Steamboat and develop relationships with families and businesses in the community!

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Impressive turnout for the OCCU Shelton Shred Event – October 22, 2016

Shelton Shred Event 2015Our Community Credit Union sponsored a FREE paper shredding event where you could safely destroy your documents containing sensitive and personal information. Lemay, a professional document destruction service with a mobile shredding unit, was at the OCCU Mt. View Branch last Saturday, October 22nd from 11a.m. to 2p.m. for anyone in the community to take advantage of this free service. The turnout was impressive. The community came together to fill our OCCU vehicle with 381 lbs of donations to our local food bank while the shred truck safely and securely disposed of their documents.  Thank you to all the friendly faces and generous donations!

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OCCU Elma School Supply Drive Big Hit – September 1, 2016

Elma School Supply Drive

Spearheading the campaign was OCCU MFS Jessica Arnold (left) and Regional Branch Manager Kristi Templeton (right).

Our Community Credit Union is hosting a School Supply Drive for Elma schools.   The drive ran from July 5 – August 19, along with our Elma branch, participants were Dennis Company and East County Thriftway.  The community was encouraged to donate school supply items that are required for students.  Item received were basic school supplies, such as paper, crayons, scissors, pencils, pens, glue, markers, folders, and erasers, as well as other items used in classrooms every day, such as tissues and hand sanitizers.   “The drive allows students to start the school year equipped to succeed,” said Jessica Arnold, mother of two and Member Financial Specialist at OCCU.   All supplies received were provided to participating Elma schools.   

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OCCU Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity – July 30, 2016

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employees volunteered their time and energy to help a local community member.  Habitat for Humanity of Mason County welcomes the public for the Wall Raising ceremonies each time they build a home.  Learn more at www.habitatmasonwa.org.

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OCCU Scholarship Application available.  – March 4, 2016

OCCU awards three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors every year.  Don’t miss out! Application deadline is April 30, 2016.   For detailed information and application, please read more.

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Montesano branch remodel adds privacy and function.  – February 11, 2016

See our featured article in The Vidette.  Read More.

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OCCU receives award.  OCCU’s Mortgage Department, headed by Jolyn Southwick (pictured at right), has been recognized by CU Members Mortgage as the West Coast’s “Top Five Score Card Winner” in their “Valued Partner Award for 2015.”

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Annual Food Drive helps local food banks – January 6, 2016 – Shelton, WA.
Our Mt. View and Downtown Shelton branches hosted their annual Holiday Food Drive through the month of December.  Between the two branches $802.00 was raised, which OCCU matched for a grand total of $1604.  All proceeds were donated along with non-perishable food to each of our local food banks: Saints’ Pantry, Hoodsport and Matlock Food Banks.  Thank you Mason County and OCCU members!

Steve Russell of Saints' Pantry receives a $535 check from Daris Devaney of OCCU.

Steve Russell of Saints’ Pantry receives a $535 check from Daris Devaney of OCCU.

 

 

 

 

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OPENING MONDAY, JAN. 4th:  Construction begins in Montesano  – November 16, 2015
Our Community Credit Union has officially started construction at the Montesano branch located at 211 B. East Pioneer Ave.  Groundbreaking began on Monday, November 16th starting with the outside entrance.  Due to

Construction breaks ground at the OCCU Montesano Branch. Pictured L to R: Bert Fisher, President/CEO; Kristi Beeson, Montesano Branch Supervisor; Amy Thomason, Board of Directors; and Kristi Templeton, OCCU Grays Harbor Regional Manager.

continued growth, the office will double in size and the exterior will have an outside entrance from the Pick Rite Thirftway parking lot.  The interior will have a completely new design to include a lobby, waiting area and personal teller stations with seating areas.   

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Our Montesano Branch is Expanding! – October 15, 2015
Our Community Credit Union will officially break ground for the expansion of our Montesano branch at 211 B. East Pioneer Ave. on Monday, November 16th to provide more space and added convenience for our members.  

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The wait is over! We are excited to announce that our Shelton Mt. View branch now offers a drive-up ATM in addition to our walk-up ATM.  Now you can access fast cash 24/7 in the convenience of your car.  

Find over 30,000 ATMs nationwide with the CU24 Network ATM Locator

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Susanna article teaser1Community Partners Education Grant provides extra support in classrooms – August  20, 2015

See our featured article in the Mason County Journal.  Read More.

Interested in our grant?   Learn more here.

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Vashon announces kayak raffle winner

Vashon resident Nicole I. was the lucky winner of the 10′ Emotion Guster kayak and paddle that was raffled off August 15 at the OCCU Vashon Branch.  Nicole stated that she was “excited to go kayaking with friends” after she was informed that she won.  The promotion, which ran mid-June through August, was for OCCU members who opened both a savings and checking account.  “I always feels welcome at OCCU,” said Nicole, adding “both my husband and I are very happy with the services they offer.”

Congratulations Nicole, happy paddling!

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FEATURE: Northwest Credit Unions join efforts to help aid fire victims

As fires continue to rage across Washington and Oregon, Northwest credit unions are rallying resources to support victims of the wildfires. Our Community Credit Union has joined in the relief efforts and is encouraging their employees and members to donate to the NWCUF’s wildfire relief funds.   All funds will be donated to the relief efforts of the Red Cross in Washington and Oregon. 

Click here to learn more and to donate. 

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Community Partner Education Grant Recipient

Community Partner Education Grant (CPEG) 2014-15 recipient Thomas Toney of Shelton High School shows off the new equipment purchased for the SHS Weight/Power Lifting program.

The CPEG enrollment is available for K-12 classrooms/schools in South Mason and East Grays Harbor County.

Learn more.

OCCU Business Development Officer Susanna Samuelson and Shelton High School Teacher Thomas Toney shown with new weightlifting equipment.

Mr. Toney demonstrates the correct method and importance of a knee wrap.

 

 

 

 

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OCCU lends a helping hand at United Way of Mason County Day of Caring –  June 23, 2015
OCCU staff recently spent the afternoon at Hood Canal School weeding, pruning and spraying weeds at the main entrance and surrounding flowerbeds.  It took nearly 5 hours with the help of Kiwanis Club and Hood Canal School District teams.  Great job to all three teams for a job well done!

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OCCU announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients
Three 2015 graduating high school seniors were awarded with a scholarship from Our Community Credit Union.  Hector Andres-Gasper of Shelton High School, Lorenzo Ayala of Elma High School and Rachel Anderson of Vashon High School were each presented an OCCU Scholarship.

The three high school seniors were selected to each receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards furthering their education in the upcoming academic years.

2015 OCCU Scholarship Recipients


2015 OCCU Scholarship Recipients. L to R: Lorenzo Ayala, Hector Andres-Gasper and Rachel Anderson.

 

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COMMUNITY STRONG SINCE 1941. OCCU banner is proudly displayed at the 71st Mason County Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Parade in the 2015 Peterbilt Model 367, owned and operated by McKay & Son with a load from Green Diamond Resource Co.

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Community comes together to provide services – May 27, 2015 – Shelton, WA.

Local businesses, including OCCU, have joined together to provide a Community Resource Fair to help navigate change for those directly affected by the recent sale of Simpson Lumber Co. and Olympic Panel Products.  Information will be offered on employment services, basic services and utilities, financial and mortgage resources, health and insurance, retirement planning and community resources.    Learn more.

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1375079_1044485282247381_3755814373399137714_n11058693_1044485115580731_5189681739851531755_nOCCU hosts Chamber After Hours  – April 8, 2015 – Shelton, WA.

OCCU played host to the Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce After Hours in April at their Mt. View Branch.  Among those that attended were the Mason County Sheriff, Shelton Chief-of-Police and the City of Shelton Mayor.  Business After Hours is a free networking social held on the second Wednesday of each month.  Interested in joining the Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce?  Learn more.

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Downtown Spring Bake Sale

 

 

 

Holiday Bake Sale a Huge Success! – April 3, 2015 – Shelton, WA.

Our Mt. View and Downtown Shelton branches hosted their annual Spring Bake Sale on Friday, April 3.  OCCU staff baked and sold holiday themed treats, cookies, pies and sweets.   Between the two branches they raised a grand total of $348.00.  Thanks to our generous community, it was a HUGE success.  All proceeds raised will go to the Relay for Life of Shelton.  Throughout the year, Team OCCU Striders, rally together with our community to raise funds for the local Shelton Relay for Life Chapter.    Thank you Mason County!

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Fraud Alert: Premera Blue Cross confirms Cyberattack – March 19, 2015

Premera announced yesterday that they have been the target of a sophisticated cyber attack.  Attackers gained access to systems containing the personal information of 11 million members, employees and partners of Premera.  The breach was discovered on January 29th but initially happened on May 5, 2014. Premera is working with the FBI to investigate the matter.

 What personal information was exposed?

Name, date of birth, address, telephone number, email address, social security number, member identification number, bank account information and claims information, including clinical information.

 How do you protect yourself against fraud?

  1.  At this time, Premera is unaware of any personal information that has been used fraudulently. As a pre-caution, Premera is making available two years of free fraud credit monitoring and identity protection services to anyone affected by this breach.  For more information on these services, please visit http://www.premeraupdate.com/for updates on the breach and a message from Premera’s President and CEO, Jeff Roe.
  2. Monitor your account for unusual activity.  In addition, we encourage you to periodically monitor your account using Online, Telephone Banking, or by calling us at 800-426-5657 if you suspect any unauthorized activity.
  3. Add a code word to your OCCU account.  This will help make sure that no one else is able to access your account fraudulently.  You can add a code word in person at any OCCU branch or by sending a secure message through your Online Banking account.  This feature is found under the Options tab – click on secure messaging and then “new”.
  4. Change your Online Banking password.  We encourage you to take a moment to change your password on your Online Banking account. Changing your password regularly is a simple thing that you can do to help protect the security of your account.  Click on the Options tab in your Online Banking account to access the change password option.

Privacy Policy and Fraud Prevention information

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Keeping Mason County Safe – February 25, 2015 – Shelton, WA.
For a second year, OCCU has partnered with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department to provide a yearly supply of food to the K-9 Unit which is entirely dependent on donations to operate. OCCU is happy to support and provide food to the K-9’s Fueled by OCCU program which will feed the five patrol dog unit.

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Annual Food Drive helps three local food banks – January 2, 2015 – Shelton, WA.
Our Mt. View and Downtown Shelton branches hosted their annual Holiday Food Drive through the month of December.   Between the two branches  a grand total of $1,124.00 was raised which was donated along with nearly 162 pounds of non-perishable food.  All proceeds were delivered to our local food banks: Saint’s Pantry, Hoodsport and Matlock Food Banks.  Thank you Mason County and OCCU members!

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OCCU announces 2015 Scholarship Program – January 2, 2015

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Matlock Food Bank graciously accepts their donation.

Our Community Credit Union is awarding three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors that are OCCU members and attend school on Vashon Island or in Mason or Grays Harbor Counties.  The scholarship application is now available for download.  Applications will be accepted now through April 30, 2015.

Are you a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college, university, community college, vocational or technical college in the fall of 2015?  Learn more here.

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Community Partners Education Grant Highlighted – September 24, 2014

We’re making an impact, one grant at a time – see our featured article in Mason County Life.  Read more.

Interested in our grant?   Learn more here.

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Holiday Bake Sale a Huge Success! – December 19, 2014 – Shelton, WA.
Our Mt. View and Downtown Shelton branches hosted their annual Holiday Bake Sale on Friday, December 19.  OCCU staff baked and sold holiday treats, cookies, pies and sweets while donned in their ‘Ugly Sweaters’.   Between the two branches they raised a grand total of $1,124.00.  As always, it was a HUGE success.   All proceeds raised will go to our local food banks: Saints Pantry, Hoodsport and Matlock Food Banks.  Thank you Mason County!

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Community Shred Event
donationsOctober 18, 2014 – Shelton, WA.
Our Mt. View branch held it’s annual Community Shred Event on Saturday, October 18.  As always, it was a HUGE success.  Mason County residents generously donated over 380 pounds of canned, non-perishable food that was donated to the local food bank.  Thank you Mason County! 

 

September 13, 2014 – Vashon, WA.
Our Vashon branch held it’s first Community Shred Event on Saturday, September 13 nearly filling the truck!   Residents also donated 272 pounds of canned, non-perishable food that was donated to the local food bank.  Thank you Vashon!

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Home Depot Data Breach UPDATE – September 15, 2014

We have obtained a list of member’s card numbers that have been affected by the Home Depot Breach.  We will contact those members by mail and reissue a new card which will be delivered within the next 15 business days.  Please contact us if you have any questions at (800) 426-5657.

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Potential Data Breach at Home Depot.  – September 9, 2014

Our Community Credit Union is following the continued news reports of the retailer, Home Depot, and their possible debit and credit card breach.

We are currently monitoring our members’ accounts for any unusual activity and are working with authorities to obtain the necessary information on accounts that may be affected.

Please be assured that there is no need to take any action regarding your OCCU Visa debit or credit card at this time.  However, if your card is identified as part of this breach we will contact you by mail regarding the replacement of your card.

Please Check Your Accounts Periodically.  We encourage you to use OCCU Online, Mobile or Telephone Banking to periodically check your account. Please notify us immediately if you identify any unusual activity on your accounts by calling the contact number on the back of your card.

For the latest updates from Home Depot click here: Home Depot Statement to Customers

…………………………………………………………………………….ALS pouringOCCU takes the ALS #Ice Bucket Challenge!  August 28, 2014
OCCU staff didn’t hesitate after being nominated for the ALS Challenge!  Between our 7 branches, we had 30 OCCU employees participate for a great cause that helped raise over $300 for the ALS Association.
For more information on ALS and how you can help, please visit www.alsa.org.Watch videos here.Thank you OCCU Staff!
…………………………………………………………………………….Many thanks to our members!  July 11 – 13, 2014
A big thank you to our loyal members who joined forces to form the OCCU softball team that participated in the 55th Annual Bear Festival softball tournament in McCleary on July 11-13.  The team, which consisted of OCCU members, won one game and were defeated twice.Great job Team OCCU!OCCU Baseball_Bear Festival
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Rain didn’t dampen spirits at Shelton Relay for Life – June 27 and 28, 2014
Despite the weather, the Shelton Relay for Life was great success.  OCCU staff participated in the Shelton Relay for Life.  Team OCCU Striders raised a total of $4,530.74 – fourth highest raised for the event.  To date, the Shelton Relay for Life has raised $75,141.71.

Thank you OCCU Striders for your incredible dedication for a wonderful cause!

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Who let the dogs out?  OCCU hosts “Bring Your Dog to Work” Day –  June 20, 2014
OCCU staff celebrated our four-legged friends with their annual ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’.  OCCU matched all staff donations totaling $434.  Donations were awarded to Shelton Adopt-A-Pet, VIPP (Vashon Island Pet Protection) and the Grays Harbor Bark for Life.

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OCCU teams up with East Grays Harbor County Relay for Life –  June 12 and 13, 2014
OCCU staff participated in the East Grays Harbor County Relay for Life.  The OCCU Grays Harbor Team raised a total of $4,275.72 – third highest raised for the event.  To date, the EGH Relay for Life has raised $37,854.78.

Great job and a BIG thank you for all that donated and participated!

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OCCU gets dirty with United Way of Mason County Day of Caring –  June 17, 2014
OCCU management recently spent the afternoon at Harmony Hill Retreat Center cleaning, weeding and planting seeds in the facility gardens.  They even put up a fence!

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Security Notice: About the Heartbleed Security Bug –  Posted April 18, 2014

You may have been hearing in the news about a newly discovered security issue with some websites. We would like to assure our Members that we do not use the afflicted software for our secure sites, including Online Banking. You can rest assured that your Online Banking is and was secure.

The vulnerability, referred to as “Heartbleed” affects one type of SSL encryption, the software that provides the “s” in “https” for secure websites. SSL encrypts the data between you and the website you are visiting and keeps it private. However, we recommend the practice of changing your passwords on a frequent basis. If you want to protect yourself, it’s always good to:

  • Be proactive and use a strong password with at least eight characters, including numbers and punctuation marks.
  • Create different passwords for multiple websites. As tempting as it can be to use the same password over and over, it’s in your best interest to vary your passwords. We recommend keeping a log of your user names and passwords in a safe, easy-to-access place, so that you can regularly update and reference with ease.
     
  • If you learn via the news or a website search that certain websites you use have been affected by the “Heartbleed” computer virus or future bugs, be sure to immediately change your passwords after they have confirmed their sites are secure.