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Changes coming to Family Trust

“The future ain’t what it used to be,” said Yankee’s great, Yogi Berra. To keep pace with evolving technologies in banking and finance, Family Trust will be releasing some exciting new features this year. We’ll keep you posted so you don’t miss anything.

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Member Loves Rewards for Good Grades

R’maidrea Sanders loves being an Explorer’s Club member because she earns rewards for her good grades. Last quarter, she doubled her money at our quarterly kids reward celebration.

This quarter, we’ll celebrate good grades on June 2 at all Family Trust branches.

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From Matt: The Retirement Non-Negotiables

I am not yet retired, and the way the financial markets have acted over the past decade, I may never reach that point. However, I would rate my knowledge of retirement well above average because I have had the privilege of living vicariously through hundreds of retired clients over the past 22 years.

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New Card Fraud Prevention Alerts

In our continuing efforts to keep your accounts secure, we’ve improved our alert system for potential fraud. Here’s how it works:

  1. When potential fraud is detected, you will receive an automatic email notification, with the option to reply with “fraud” or “no fraud.”
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Traveling this summer? Tell us.

Letting us know in advance can help you avoid inconvenient declines or holds on your Family Trust debit or credit card. We protect your card account by monitoring for unusual activity, so using your card in restricted states can result in a declined transaction.

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Golf for Local Causes May 24

Helping others is what it’s all about – and at Family Trust, we’re gearing up to do just that with our annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 24th at Rock Hill Country Club.

Children and families are once again at the heart. Proceeds will benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Safe Passage, and the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home.

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Social Engineering: What Is It?

Social engineering is a method of using human interaction to convince people to break their normal security processes. It can utilize technology, but it isn’t necessary in order to reach a goal. It’s been around since the beginning of time and although it has a modern name, it really is just a con-game for hackers.

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Stomping Out Cancer: Relay for Life May 7

Family Trust employees will circle a track from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 7 at York Middle School in an effort to stamp out cancer during Relay for Life Western York County.

About 15 employees from branches on Ebenezer Road and in York plan to sell candy apples, cotton candy, peanuts, bake goods, and popcorn at their “food fair” booth. Participants can play games for 50 cents each.

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Members gather as CEO reflects

Family Trust President/CEO Lee Gardner presided over his last Annual Meeting on Tuesday at the Hood Center, where he received two standing ovations and $10,000 for charities of his choice. He plans to retire Dec. 31.

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Research Apps Before You Install

In October of 2014 a flashlight app for smartphones made the news. The story went that an app that you can download to your device is really spying on you; stealing your information and sending it off to servers in other lands for bad guys to use for their own purposes. Recently, a company that was mentioned in those stories settled a lawsuit with the FTC where the FTC claimed it was collecting and distributing data unnecessarily. Likely, because of that settlement, this “news” is circulating once again.