Financial Statistics as of May 31, 2016
Have trouble saving for your big summer vacation?
Tired of putting vacation expenses on your credit card?
Open a Summer Vacation Club to save for next year's vacation expenses!
The Summer Club is a special savings account that restricts withdrawals to the summer months.
For example, setup a weekly deposit of $20 and you'll have $1,040 saved for next year.
You may deposit by payroll deduction, automatic transfer from another account, through online banking or in-person.
Withdrawal restrictions apply. You may open a Club account by telephone or the mail.
Click here for details.
Purchase MD State Fair Tickets in advance and avoid long lines at the gate and save money!
The fair runs August 26th - September 5th
Hurry! Last day to purchase tickets is August 19th!
Click here for current ticket pricing.
Have a LMFCU VISA Check Card?
We are working on replacing your existing "swipe" check card with a new EMV chip card. Sometime during the 4th quarter of this year members ordering new cards and members whose cards are expiring will receive an EMV chip card. All existing "swipe" cards will be replaced by the end of 2017.
Effective July 1st we have significantly lowered or have waived coin machine fees.
Loose coin should be taken to a Member Service Representative for processing either as an account deposit or to be exchanged for currency.
*Children's accounts are ages 17 and under.
Don’t forget that your VISA Check Card and ATM card have daily withdrawal limits for cash and purchases.
For most members the daily limits are $300 for cash ATM/point of sale cash back and $1,500 for purchases (credit or debit). Other members may qualify for higher limits.
To request a temporary higher limit for a cash withdrawal or for a one-time purchase, or a permanent limit increase, please contact a Member Service Representative by telephone.
Need to pay for your vacation, payoff a high rate credit card, fix up your vehicle or perform home improvements?
Personal loan rates are as low as 8.89% APR.
Month of June: Get a $20 cash bonus with a loan of $5,000+.
APR = Annual Percentage Rate
Tired of paying $2 to $5 when using a foreign ATM?
Click here to find a surcharge-free ATM convenient to you!
* Surcharges are fees assessed by the ATM owner. A LMFCU fee is assessed if the member exceeds the number of free foreign withdrawals allowed per month.
Benefit from the following when you process your check card purchase as “credit”.
- It’s easy to make purchases
- It’s safer than debit
- It saves the Credit Union money
Questions about your Visa Check Card? Please contact a Member Service Representative.
Discounted tickets to Kings Dominion, Hershey Park, Six Flags America and Dutch Wonderland are now available.
Savings are as much as $24 per ticket. Click here for current ticket pricing.
The annual membership meeting was held on April 27th. The state of the Credit Union, updates from the Board of Directors, and reports from the President, Credit and Supervisory Committees were reviewed.
Numerous drawings for prizes and gift certificates were held. Members asked questions, made comments and suggestions regarding the Credit Union.
If you could not attend click here to review the 2015 annual report.
Finding it difficult to save for a major expense, such as a down payment for a home or vehicle purchase, vacation, home improvements, school tuition, or another expense? Open a secondary share account so that you can separate your savings for a special purpose. You may have a specific amount of your payroll deduction or direct deposit allocated to your secondary account.
To speed up and improve our card security system, you may receive a call from our automated attendant asking to verify recent card transactions. Your caller ID will show as CU Card Security and the system introductory message is “This is the card member security department on behalf of LM Federal Credit Union calling for MEMBER’S NAME”.
The system will state the last four digits of your card number and will then ask you to enter your date of birth, last four of your social security number, or your zip code to confirm your identity. Please respond to the call as the system is trying to confirm and prevent fraudulent card transactions.
On Tuesday March 22nd a major update to our mobile banking app has been released.
The update provides a more modern look and improves ease of use. The update includes more efficient workflows, has optimized the touchscreen and also adds the ability to sign on the mobile app with different logon ID’s (to access different account numbers).
If your phone hasn’t automatically updated the Touch Banking mobile app please go into your phone to view your app update list and update "Touch Banking".
Haven’t signed up for mobile banking? If you haven't setup desktop online banking, first do so at lmfcu.com. Then go into the apple or google play store and download the “Touch Banking” app. To activate Touch Banking use the mobile app code, “lmfcumobile”. Lastly, you will be prompted for your log on ID, security code, and a security question (from your desktop banking setup).
Click here for additional feature information.
The share/savings loan rate has been reduced to 3.05% annual percentage rate.
Share loans are secured by your Credit Union share/savings account.
Why take a share loan?
Contact a Loan Specialist for details.
Questions? Click here or call 800-410-0501.
We have completed an upgrade to our Visa check card overdraft protection system that now provides real-time share/savings transfers to cover a checking account card transaction.
Previously, share/savings overdraft protection was only enabled for ACH and check overdrafts. Card transactions that required a savings automatic overdraft protection transfer were denied.
With the new upgrade, members who have elected share/savings overdraft protection will have transactions approved, subject to overdraft protection limitations.
For example, if you have authorized savings overdraft protection and your checking balance is $0, when you attempt a $40 checking card purchase or withdrawal, the transaction will be approved and $43 will be transferred from savings to checking. A $3 convenience fee will be posted to checking.
If you have any questions or would like to enable savings overdraft protection, please contact a Member Service Representative.
The subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding “S.A.F.E Act 2015.” It sounds real, but it’s all made-up.
It’s a phishing email to get you to click on a scammer’s link. If you do, a scammer can install malware — like viruses and spyware — on your computer. Or, the link might send you to a spoof site — a lookalike website set up by a scammer to trick you into entering your personal information.
Click here for additional scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission.
Have your refund direct deposited to your Credit Union account. Our routing number is 252076390. You may have your refund deposited to savings or checking.
LM Federal Credit Union members can prepare, print and e-file with TurboTax for a discounted fee. TurboTax also will file your simple federal return for free.
We wanted to thank the many members who made a small donation to the Hopkins Children’s Center during our December donation drive.
The total donation amount was $713.00, which included a match by the Credit Union. We encourage everyone to consider making a donation to this great organization.
For additional information visit www.hopkinschildrens.org or call (410) 955-5000.
Credit unions earned some of the highest marks for service that Consumer Reports has ever given to an industry in its recent financial services series, “Bank & Credit Union Buying Guide.” The ratings are based on more than 74,000 bank and credit union ratings.
“Credit unions are among the highest-rated services we’ve ever evaluated, with 93% of their customers highly satisfied, on average, vs. 69% for the four biggest national banks,” said Jeff Blyskal of Consumer Reports, in a statement. “That satisfaction is driven by good customer service, not surprising when you consider that credit unions are owned and managed by their members.”
In addition to being highly ranked for service, Consumer Reports also recognized credit unions for low costs.
Total up your year-to-date spending. Whether you organize by computer or on paper, make sure your tracking system for spending, saving and investment is up to date.
Check in with your financial planner or tax professional. See if they can review your numbers and make suggestions on year-end financial activities and plan changes you should make in 2016. Don't have a planner? The Credit Union's financial planner can help!Check and re-balance your investments. Be sure to check if your retirement and other investments are still on track with your investment goals.
Check your various insurance coverage's. Review the adequacy and pricing of your coverage.Update your W-2, benefits and estate plan if necessary. See if your tax withholding and employee health coverage and investments need review.
Do a last-minute tax review. Review your annual income, investment and spending data to see if there's anything you can do in the final weeks of the year to save on taxes.
Save time and cut back on waste with online bill pay and deposits. Automatic online bill pay means you won't have to waste time writing checks or risk late payment fees.
*Restrictions apply. Rates quoted assume a 5-year term. APR = Annual Percentage Rate
Guidewell Financial Solutions, a non-profit agency, offers financial counseling services to all members of the community.
Services are available nationwide online and by telephone. In-person counseling is available at branch locations in Maryland and Delaware.
Formally known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of MD & DE (CCCS)
Don't forget that you can access your account from just about any smart phone or other device with the LMFCU mobile app. The mobile app allows you to check balances, review account history, transfer funds and make loan payments 24 hours a day. Transactions are posted immediately to your account. There is no fee for online and mobile banking access.
Don't have online banking access? Visit lmfcu.com and select the online banking link in the right column. Follow the steps to enroll for online banking and then click on the "Self Service" tab and select "Mobile Banking" within "Additional Services".
Questions? Give us a call at 800-410-0501.
*Restrictions apply. Fee is refunded if request cannot be approved.
Need to pay for a vacation, payoff a high rate credit card, fix up your vehicle or perform home improvements?
Our personal loan rates are as low as 8.89% Annual Percentage Rate. Our minimum loan is only $300. Our maximum loan is $20,000.
You may apply for a loan in less than 10-minutes by telephone or online.
To view additional personal loan program information click here.
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Beginning Tuesday, March 31st, we are upgrading our Fraud Detection and Notification System. The new system will provide faster attention to notify our members when card based fraud is suspected. The notification portion of the system includes a state-of-the-art automated telephone assistant to help our members review transactions and confirm recent ATM card and Visa Check Card spending activity.
Your phone caller ID will show the call originating from either “CU Security” or 877-276-3451. The system will begin the call by stating “Hello, this is Card Member Security on behalf of LM Federal Credit Union”.
If you receive a notification call, please respond to answer questions regarding recent card activity. Please also be aware that our Card Member Security team that provides fraud alert management is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by telephone should you need assistance from a live agent.
If suspicious transactions are identified as fraudulent, calls will be transferred to Card Member Security Team to help you take the necessary precautions to protect your cards and related accounts. If the recent card activity is legitimate, members will be able to close the case with the phone attendant using their touch-tone phone.
Thank you for your support through this upgrade. If you have any questions please contact the Credit Union at 800-410-0501.
Source: State of Michigan Attorney General's Office