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Monthly Outreach Packages

MCUCD is committed to providing a wide variety of consumer education resources. We want to help you make smart and safe financial choices for your and your family. MCUCD produces monthly outreach packages on a wide range of consumer issues and topics that are pertinent and timely each month. Click here for the September Outreach Package. You can also find past month's packages by clicking the left-hand tab.

Consumer Resource Center Expansion

Please check back often as we update and expand our consumer resource center. In addition to our monthly resource packages, we are building this site to be an information library, a one-stop-shop for our program participants, consumers, financial educators, counselors, and coaches. Visit again as we post digital resources and videos relating to the current month's topic.

You will be able to browse for presentations and resource guides, searchable by topic. You will even be able to find free, confidential financial counseling by locating one of the many counselors in our growing network. We hope to soon offer you all the tools, resources, and financial education materials that you can use to take control of your financial future or empower your members/clients.

 

 

 

Alana Listoe portraitelder abuse is more prevalent than we think

by ALANA LISTOE

Many people lobby for laws that protect senior citizens from financial exploitation, and they should. Organizations like Big Sky Senior Services, the Office of Consumer Protection, and AARP are champions in providing awareness and teaching prevention across Montana. Likewise, Montana’s credit unions are equally engaged and have worked closely with the state legislature to create new laws protecting seniors. Credit union lobbyist Donya Parrish provided testimony in committees and worked with other interested parties to ensure new legislation incorporated the perspective of financial institutions interested in reporting abuse, made it easier for prosecutors to prove fraud against senior citizens, and added a penalty when the victim is over 60.

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Additional resources

Check out the FTC’s guide on protecting your identity this tax season!

Did you know that you can sign up for scam alerts with the Montana Office of Consumer Protection?

If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud you can file a complaint here.

The Federal Trade Commission’s mission is to protect your consumer’s right.

Are you a victim of identity theft? Take Charge today!

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Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (or MCUCD) is the award-winning, charitable arm of the Montana Credit Union Network. A state-wide nonprofit organization, MCUCD works together with the state's credit unions to improve the lives and financial independence of all Montanans.