A glimpse at the cheer worthy, jeer worthy, and tear worthy stories for the week of March 8, 2010.
The competition is heating up for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (and 5K walk) taking place this spring in Washington, DC. Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the gold in the women’s marathon during the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, will run in the 50-59 age bracket. Joining her are other top finishers, both male and female, from years past as well as running enthusiasts from all over the country. Runners will gather at the Washington Monument grounds for the picturesque run through the nation’s capital on April 11. According to RunnersWeb, Samuelson is also slated to address childhood obesity during a clinic at the Health and Fitness Expo at the National Building Museum on April 10.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers about a phishing campaign that appears to be targeting credit union members via texts and mobile phone calls. The scam urges members to call a toll-free number in order to unfreeze their account, which they must provide when they call. “No reputable financial institution is going to send a text message or ask for your information," Hood says. Good advice, too bad it’s too late for those who have had their accounts wiped clean. And unlike McDonald’s, these phishers won’t “give it back.”
A commission for the Missouri Department of Transportation voted this week to sever ties with 10 credit unions housed in MoDOT facilities. The credit unions were originally given until September 30, 2010 to find new digs, but at the urging of the Missouri Credit Union Association, state lawmakers, and the Missouri Division of Credit Unions, that date was changed to December 31, 2012. MoDOT announced its intention to evict the credit unions in January. According to MCUA, since the announcement individual locations have lost as much as $275,000 in deposits. The individually chartered credit unions serve MoDOT and Missouri State Highway Patrol employees and their families.