WESTBROOK, Maine (12/7/15)--To take advantage of the rise in consumer spending during the holiday season, the Maine Credit Union League has racked up face time in the local media recently to serve as a resource on how consumers can protect themselves from fraud while they shop.
League representatives have appeared on both TV and radio in recent weeks, with Rebekah Higgins, league vice president of payment services, handling the majority of the interviews.
During her appearances, Higgins has talked about what consumers should be mindful of this holiday shopping season, such as ensuring they only make purchases on websites that have the extra-secure https:// website address.
Higgins also said not to click on links in any unsolicited emails and to keep an eye on all accounts used during the season.
“Consumers should be diligent in checking their accounts on a regular basis, especially at a time of year when the number of transactions increase and fraud is more likely to occur,” she said.
John Murphy, league president, said that the exposure is a great opportunity for the league to highlight the fact that credit unions are concerned about consumers, and to demonstrate the ways in which credit unions work to protect members.
“This reinforces that credit unions are focused on the best interest of their members,” Murphy said. “It also serves to let consumers know that credit unions have sophisticated technology and expertise on a variety of topics.”
The news outlets were appreciative of the information and complimented credit unions for taking the initiative to help consumers.
“The league continues to provide experts that connect our listeners with useful information and do so in a manner that is easy to listen to,” said Mike Violette, co-host of the WGAN-AM morning show “Morning News with Ken & Mike.” “We will definitely continue to utilize the league and credit unions as a resource because they are reliable.”