ST. LOUIS (AP) - Credit unions in Missouri are increasingly offering attention-grabbing promotions like free gas or new mobile apps to lure customers in a crowded banking environment.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that First Missouri Credit Union employees gave out $4,000 in free gas this past week at a south St. Louis County Petro Mart. Cars lined up for hours in advance.
It was part of a larger effort by nearly 40 credit unions and community banks in Missouri and other states to persuade people to switch from larger national banks.
Credit unions are nonprofit cooperatives that are owned by their members. Most have opened up their memberships and are no longer restricted to a single industry
A warning to members of Missouri Credit Union: Attorney General Chris Koster says there was an accidental release of personal information earlier this summer.
Koster is encouraging members of the credit union to monitor their accounts. Missouri Credit Union officials alerted Koster that the information was only available for a short time and they quickly fixed the problem. The credit union has 39,000 members. Koster also listed several warning signs that your identity may have been stolen.
They included receiving unexplained mail, receiving several phone calls for another person, and being denied credit.
Addition signs that you may be the victim of identity theft include:
- Receiving unexplained mail;
- Having mail rerouted or stopped;
- Receiving multiple phone calls for another person;
- Being denied credit;
- Learning of unexplained changes to your credit score;
- Seeing accounts which are not your own on your credit report;
- Receiving collection calls for another's accounts;
- Being told by a service provider, lender or banker that your Social Security number cannot be verified or is already in use in their system;
- Receiving telephone calls from someone who wants to obtain additional information about you;
- Being told by a vendor or provider that they cannot verify your account or locate your account:
- Unexpected notices by mail, email, or text that your address or password have been changed;
- Seeing unexplained charges or withdrawals from accounts;
- Noticing unusual charges to accounts.
For more information on reporting and protecting yourself from identity theft, visit the attorney general's website or call the Consumer Hotline at 800-392-8222.
Police say they have recovered a bag of money after a Lemay credit union was robbed today.
The suspect walked into the First Missouri Credit Union in the 1600 block of Lemay Ferry around 10:15 this morning. He threatened the teller and left with a substantial amount of money. The suspect drove off in a smaller yellow Chevy sedan. Witnesses report that the suspect threw a bag out of the car on highway 40.
Police confirmed that the bag contained money from the credit union.