We have been alerted to a counterfeit check scam where consumers have received counterfeit checks via FedEx as part of an online job offer that was accepted by the recipient. The counterfeit checks may be accompanied in the FedEx package by a generic letter claiming to be from “Lisa Banks from the Payment Department.” The letter instructs recipients to deposit the check into their personal account, and then send a portion of the funds back, usually by Western Union. The checks are not valid financial institution checks.
If you receive a FedEx package containing a check with the NASA FCU name and address and believe that it may be part of this counterfeit check scam, or if you would like to verify a check presented for deposit, please contact the Credit Union at 1-888-NASA-FCU (627-2328).
2014 Holiday Food Drive
The holiday season is nearly upon us. It’s a time for giving and for counting our blessings and, this year, we have much to be thankful for. Let’s work together to pay it forward by giving to those in need through the 2014 NASA FCU Holiday Food Drive.
Last year, we gathered a remarkable 3,600 pounds of food. This year, we’re looking to tip the scales at 4,000 pounds. It’s an ambitious goal, and we will need your help to meet it. Please take your donations to your local NASA FCU Branch.
The Food Drive starts today and concludes Thursday, December 11th, at which time all donations will be collected and delivered to local area food banks. Every year the Holiday Food Drive is more successful than the previous year. We are very excited to have this drive once again.
Here are the top foods requested by food banks this year:
- Proteins Canned meats such as tuna, chicken or fish (100% meat/fish packed in water or oil)
- Peanut butter
- Soups and stews
- Rice and pasta
- Cereal, including oatmeal
- Canned vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato sauce
- Canned or dried beans and peas
- Canned fruits
- Fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed) Make sure it’s 100% juice.
- Prepared box mixes, such as macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper.
- Cake mixes and canned frosting
- Shelf-stable milk, this includes dehydrated milk, canned evaporated milk and instant breakfasts.
Our food drive will help provide nutritious meals for many families in need this holiday season.
Announcing the 2015 Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Scholarship Contest
Are you, or do you know, a high school senior gearing up for college next year? NASA FCU has great news! We’re accepting applications for the 2015 Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Scholarship Contest. Through the Contest, we will award scholarships in amounts up to $7,000 to one or more contest winners to assist with the costs of tuition, books and living expenses.
Applicants must be:
- The primary owner of a NASA FCU account
- A high school senior with an average grade of C or above
- Under the age of 21
Scholarships are awarded based on the evaluation of a 1,000 word essay and a personal interview conducted by the Scholarship Committee. For more details and an application, go to nasafcu.com/scholarship or call 1-888-NASA-FCU (627-2328) today. Then, get ready. Get set. Write your essay today! All submissions must be postmarked by February 6, 2015.
Consumers Targeted by Text Scam
We have been alerted to a text message scam where consumers have received text messages stating that their Visa Debit cards have been deactivated. They are then instructed to call to reactivate their cards. If consumers call the number, a prerecorded message asks them to input their debit/credit card information for “verification purposes.”
The text contains a generic message stating, ”Card Services Alert: You Visa card has been temporarily deactivated because we suspect unauthorized transactions may have or could occur. You may reactivate your card by calling us at 301-880-3305.”
The phone numbers used to send the text and receive returned calls are no longer in service, however it’s possible that the scammers may try to use or spoof a new local phone number.
If you received a similar text, please do not call the number provided. If you have called the number and provided your card information, please contact NASA Federal immediately so we can block your card and reissue a new one. Or, you can visit a branch office to obtain a new card.
As a reminder, NASA Federal only sends text alerts to members who have enrolled to receive them either through eAlerts or our new Debit Card Text Alert service (https://www.nasafcu.com/debitcardtextalerts/). Texts from the Debit Card Text Alert service will be branded with our name, and will contain the call back number of 1-866-763-3373. They will also contain a Case ID number and the option to reply with the STOP command to cancel your enrollment.
Help Us “Light the Night”
Join NASA Federal on October 18, 2014 for the Light the Night® walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Come together at 5:00 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C., with friends, family and coworkers to enjoy a two-mile evening walk followed by live entertainment and refreshments. Can’t walk with us? Make a tax-deductible donation to Light the Night instead. Visit nasafcu.com/lightthenight to join or donate today!
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*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. 7.9% APR is only available to qualified members on balance transfers made within 90-days after account opening. Balance transfer made after that time would be made at the standard Balance Transfer APR (9.9%-17.99%). Minimum transfer amount is $500. The total transferred may not exceed your available credit card limit. There are no balance transfer fees. Purchase APR (9.9%-17.99%). Cash Advance APR (11.9%-17.99%). All APRs are based on creditworthiness and will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. The penalty APR of 18% may be applied if you make a late payment. Cash advance fee: $3% of the advance ($5 minimum). Eligibility and Membership in NASA FCU required. All offers subject to credit approval. NASA FCU is Federally Insured by NCUA. View Terms and Conditions *Balance transfers are considered cash advances, therefore no grace period applies and finance charges will begin on the transaction date. This offer is valid for balances transferred from other institutions only. Please continue making payments on your other credit card account(s) until the balance transfer is confirmed on your other institution’s account statement. View Terms and Conditions at nasafcu.com/platinum-advantage-rewards-credit-card-terms.