Autism affects 1 in 88 children, and 1 in 54 boys. Join LAFCU in supporting the Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk on Saturday, April 26 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Your participation will help raise much-needed funds for Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism research and advocacy organization. Headquartered in New York, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The organization was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism.
How to Support Autism Speaks
• Donate to Autism Speaks
• Register for LA Walk
• Donate to Autism Speaks at any LAFCU branch in March and April.
• Visit LAFCU’s Autism Speaks booth at the LA Walk on 4/26 (giveaways will be provided).
Learn more about Autism Speaks
Target® Breach: LAFCU to Reissue Affected Cards
Target stores recently reported it experienced a data breach on credit and debit cards that its customers used to make purchases at their stores from November 27 to December 15, 2013. Your financial safety and security is of utmost importance to us. For members who were affected by this breach, we will REPLACE your current Los Angeles Federal Credit Union Visa credit card and Check (debit) Card.
We are replacing your card to prevent any fraudulent activity on your account. Your new card with a new card number will arrive soon in the US Mail. When it arrives:
• Activate your new card and destroy your old, current card. The old card will no longer be usable once you get your new card.
• For your Check Card, you may customize the Personal Identification Number (PIN) by calling the “PIN Now” service at (866) 985-2273.
• For your Visa credit card, you may customize your PIN by calling “Visa Cardholder Select” at (800) 221-9648 after getting your system-generated PIN mailer in the US Mail.
• Contact anyone with whom you’ve set up automatic payments with your old card and provide the new card information.
• Monitor your current LAFCU accounts often by reviewing your paper statements or by logging into e-Branch (online or mobile) to ensure accuracy and to make sure all activity is authorized. You can also sign up for free online e-Lerts inside e-Branch. These services are free and can be set up using the instructions in the FAQs below.
Contact us regarding your account at (877) 695-2328. Thank you for your patience during this card re-issue process.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) I recently shopped at a Target Store and used my LAFCU debit or credit card to pay for my purchases. Is my card at risk?
• We have identified the LAFCU credit and debit cards that appear to be at risk as a result of the recent Target data breach. For your safety, we are contacting all impacted members by US Mail and replacing their cards.
2) Should I cancel my cards to block any further transactions and order new cards?
• We are in the process of replacing the cards that have been identified as being involved in the breach. If you have seen unauthorized activity in your account, please contact “Cardholder Services” at (800) 449-7728 immediately and we will disable your card to prevent any further transactions. If your card(s) are unaffected and there is no unauthorized activity on your accounts, there is no need to cancel your cards and order new ones.
3) If you determine that my card was affected, what will you do?
• We are in the process of replacing the cards that have been identified as being involved. If your card(s) were affected, you will receive a letter from us soon. If you see unauthorized activity on your account before your new card arrives, contact “Cardholder Services” at (800) 449-7728 immediately and we will disable your card to prevent any further transactions. If there is no suspicious activity on your account, you may continue to use your current card until your new card arrives. When you receive your new card, call the number provided to activate it and your old card will be deactivated automatically.
4) Should I be concerned about identity theft?
• Under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228.
5) Can you provide updated details about the Target data breach?
• Read Target's press releases
• Read a message from Target's president
6) I have a Target REDcard® that is linked to my LAFCU checking account. What should I do about this card?
• You can monitor your account for unauthorized transactions by using our free e-Branch online account access service, MyLAFCU Mobile, email and text e-Lerts, and your paper or online e-Statements. If suspicious transactions appear, contact us immediately. To deactivate your REDcard, call Target directly.
7) How can I enroll and start using e-Branch and/or MyLAFCU Mobile?
• Call us during business hours to get your free PIN at (877) 695-2328. After you have the PIN, visit www.LAFCU.org to log into e-Branch. The same PIN is used to access our mobile service either from your iPhone or Android device.
8) How can I enroll then get online e-Statements?
• After you access e-Branch, click the "e-Statements & PreAppr" tab then complete a few steps.
9) How do I activate e-Mail and Text e-Lerts on my checking and/or savings accounts?
• Using e-Mail and Text e-Lerts, you can stay informed about account activity delivered to you using e-Mail and/or text message (SMS).
a) Access e-Branch.
b) Click the "Additional Services" tab then "Mobile Text & e-Lerts"
c) Click to check a box to the left of the notification you want, select one of your accounts from the drop-down menu, then fill in any other data requested.
d) To add other notifications, click the "Advanced Setup" drop-down menu.
e) When done, provide your email address and click "Submit" on the bottom of the screen.
10) Can I activate alerts on my LAFCU Visa® credit card?
• Not available at this time.
LAFCU will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:30pm at our LA Mall Branch at 201 N. Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles. Annual status reports to members will be presented by our Board of Directors’ Chairman and Treasurer, the Supervisory and Credit Committee Chairpersons, and LAFCU’s President/CEO. Results of the annual Board election will also be announced, and copies of the 2013 Annual Report will be distributed. Members can access and download the 2013 Annual Report from the LAFCU website after March 28.
Up for election are Board office numbers 4, 5 and 6, each for three-year terms, which are currently held by Cliff Cannon (#4), Stan Horwitz (#5), and Neil Ricci (#6). This year, each position will be automatically re-elected by acclamation, since no challengers submitted a completed petition, statement, and list of qualifications by the November 25, 2013 deadline. As a result, no ballots will be mailed for this election. The incumbents were nominated by a Nominating Committee, and each nomination was accompanied by a signed statement from the nominee stating that they agreed to the nomination and would serve if elected.
At the first meeting after the Annual Meeting, appointments will be made by the Board to the committees for the terms scheduled to expire. The Supervisory Committee is responsible for the internal auditing of LAFCU, and the Credit Committee is responsible for meeting at least weekly to evaluate member loan requests. Members interested in serving on either committee can send a letter of application containing information and any related professional experience to LAFCU, PO Box 53032, Los Angeles, CA 90053, Attention: President/CEO, by March 9, 2014. Letters of application or résumés of applicants not selected will remain on file for two years for consideration in the event of a vacancy. An important consideration and qualification for Board and Committee positions is the willingness to volunteer time to serve LAFCU and its members.