Connection Credit Union has closed our Bremerton office effective November 1st.
Based on our analysis on the number and types of transactions at our Bremerton office, we have determined that our resources will be better utilized by developing a richer digital access experience that our members have been asking for. We are currently in the process of implementing a new digital banking provider and a much improved system will be available in early 2020. The new system will include mobile banking, remote deposit capture (deposit a picture of a check) as well as card control tools where you can manage your card as well as get alerts on your debit and credit card transactions and balances. We will share more information on our exciting new system when we get closer to the roll out date.
Our Silverdale location will remain open to serve all our members. Shared branching and ATM access are also available. Please contact us with any questions.
Port-out scams involve fraudsters exploiting the process of transferring a cell phone number from one carrier to another by using phished or stolen account information to carry out the port without the authorization of the phone number’s true owner.
After successfully gathering information about a cellular account (acquired either directly from the victim via phishing or found online), a scammer, posing as the phone number’s true owner, takes the victim’s information to another carrier and requests to port the number to a new account and cell phone. The scammer will then report the victim’s phone as lost or stolen. If the cellular carrier does not require a security PIN number or passcode, or the scammer passes any identity verification measures, the scammer may successfully port the number to a new device and carrier without the victim’s knowledge, shutting down his or her own phone’s cellular service. The scammer, now with exclusive access to the victim’s phone number, can potentially gain access to the victim’s online accounts via two-factor authentication (2FA) codes or keys texted directly to the phone number. This can happen fast, with little time for the victim to stop it or contact anyone for help.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THREAT:
If you find your smartphone suddenly stops making calls or sending texts, or says “Emergency calls only,” your phone number may have been stolen and ported out. Immediately notify your carrier. Report Scam Activity: Report any scams you encounter to local police, your cellular carrier, the Federal Trade Commission, or the Better Business Bureau. Keep a record of any information given to you or sought by the scammer.
HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST THIS THREAT:
Many carriers require account PIN numbers or other verification information to port out numbers or give out new SIM cards. However, if the PIN is a birth date, zip code, the last four digits of a social security number, or any information that is easily gathered, scammers can still quickly gain access by trying them all. There are databases online that anyone can log into and find current address, full name, the names of potential victim’s relatives, and more. Just by being aware of the dangers of hacking and by being smart about sharing information, consumers and businesses can protect themselves from a port-out or SIM hijacking scam.
Some tips for protecting yourself from port-out scams and SIM hijacking scams include:
Below is a list of websites where you can file complaints about internet-related scams, fraud, and crime. Just don’t forget to call your cellular carrier and local police first.
As a Connection Credit Union member you understand the value of keeping your money right here, in Kitsap County. Imagine if the money you spend on groceries could stick around for the benefit of Kitsap too!
The Kitsap Community Food Co-op opened a small, community-owned store in downtown Bremerton (421 Park Ave) on July 4th, to create year-round access to local, nutritious, and natural food. The cooperative is a grocery store owned by, and operated for, the benefit of the community it serves –not a giant, conglomerate corporation. By sourcing as locally as possible, creating good jobs, strengthening local food access, and sharing profits with its members, a food co-op keeps food money circulating in the local economy, instead of heading straight out of it. The best way to support this local food movement is to join the food Co-op as a founding Member-Owner. A lifetime household ownership share is just $200. Learn more and join today at www.kitsapfood.coop.
We know local is better for financial services. We think it’s better for food as well, which is why your credit union is supporting this effort with a “One Good Co-Op Deserves Another” promotion:
Connection Credit Union and the Kitsap Community Food Co-op – Co-ops helping Co-ops for the benefit of the Kitsap community.
* Membership and promotion restrictions apply. Contact us for additional details and restrictions. Must live, work, worship or attend school in Kitsap county to be eligible for membership. 1.5% rebate is based on amount financed on approved credit. If loan is paid off within one year the rebate amount will be added to the payoff balance. Maximum $400 per loan. Floor rate 3.50% APR. APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Additional restrictions may apply.
Your credit union has recently updated our Mission statement (what we are striving to do today) and Vision statement (what our future looks like) to help focus our efforts both now and in the future.
Connection Credit Union provides each member of our local cooperative family, including those underserved by larger institutions, with personalized financial and education services, ensuring all our members have the tools for financial success.
Connection Credit Union is Kitsap County’s premier choice for a truly local not-for-profit financial cooperative. Our community of financially literate and healthy members is built through superior service, technology, education and community involvement.
We’ve added some great new security resources. Check them out at Security Resources
Click on the link below a listing of ATMs that are surcharge free for CCU members.
One of the most important tools we’ve developed over the years to help our members build their financial futures are budgeting worksheets. We hope you find them useful.
If you desire a more simple budget, use these:
Connection Credit Union has a variety of first time auto buyer programs available for our members. We work with members with little to no credit and those just starting their credit journey. One of the key tenets of our program is we will spend the time going through all phases of the process:
Contact our loan department to get started and ask about our member referral program!
Fraud is on the rise. Here are some tips:
Visit our Fraud Alerts page for more information and some helpful security videos.