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Posts by Jon Cooper

Budgeting Basics: Types of Expenses

December 6, 2016 You’re ready. You’ve got your spreadsheet open, you’ve got your last three bank statements spread across your desk, and you’ve read and reread all of UCU’s Prepare: Financial Literacy Blog posts. You are doing this budget thing and you are doing it now! Financially literate student that you are, you know that…

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Eating Healthy on a Budget to Reduce Stress

November 15, 2016 By Lesley Ridge, Campus Branch Manager, USM Brooks Student Center, Gorham There are a lot of stressors in everyday life. One way to keep your stress down is to eat healthy and stay on budget. Sometimes it seems easier to not think about it, and just grab and go, right? Wrong! Over…

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Managing Finances with Club Accounts

October 14, 2016 Using UCU club accounts has helped many members budget out their expenses every month. It’s an easy way to separate finances, and each club account can be named something different so members can better keep track of them. Once members figure out how much is needed to put away with each paycheck,…

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Money 101-Budgeting Basics for Students

September 12, 2016 By Lesley Ridge, Campus Branch Manager – University of Southern Maine, Gorham Brooks Student Center Another school year is upon us and one of the most popular questions asked of me from students at USM is “How do I manage money when I feel like I have very little to none to…

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Financial First Steps for the First Year Student

August 15, 2016 With the independence and freedom of young adulthood comes independence and freedom with your finances. The fall semester is right around the corner, and University Credit Union wants to make sure that the University of Maine’s incoming first year students get started on the road to financial success early! Here are some…

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E-Mail about Insurance

Members may have received a spam email with the subject line: To frineds of UNIVERSITY CREDIT UNION from Charity:-Savings, upto 72% on your-Life Ins. Compare yours instantly Please be assured that this is spam and did not come from University Credit Union nor did University Credit Union share information with this vendor. If you received…

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NCUA Warns of Scammers Using Similar Website Logo, Design

Scammers using a website with a logo and design similar to that of the National Credit Union Administration are attempting to convince consumers to provide sensitive information or send money. According to the NCUA, consumers have received emails from the National Credit Union website, which is not affiliated in any way with the NCUA, a…

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Anthem Breach Security Breach

On February 4, 2015, Anthem announced that they have been the target of a sophisticated cyber attack. They have indicated there is no evidence that credit card or medical information was targeted or compromised. At this time, Anthem is working to determine the specifics of the breach including what members are impacted. Anthem will notify…

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University Employee Payroll Scam

The FBI has released an alert that University employees across the US may be receiving fraudulent emails indicating a change in their human resource status. The email provides a link and asks the employee to log in to a website that looks much like the legitimate site. The scammers then capture credentials, log in to…

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Apple iOS

A vulnerability in the Apple iOS software has been uncovered that allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances. Please be sure to follow the following guidelines: a. Don’t install apps from third-party sources other than Apple’s official App Store. b. Don’t click “Install” on a…

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