WASHINGTON (9/13/10)--The U.S. Treasury Department's direct deposit program, Go Direct, is encouraging credit unions and other financial institutions to use October’s Crime Prevention Month to promote the use of electronic payment systems. Go Direct in a Friday release said that “too many senior citizens, people with disabilities and other federal benefit recipients still receive their payments by paper check, putting their money and themselves at risk of check theft and other financial crimes.” By receiving their payments electronically, individuals can avoid having their money stolen “are better protected against financial crimes,” Go Direct added. Go Direct is providing financial institutions and community organizations with newsletter copy, news briefs, and brief tips to spread the financial crime prevention message. The Credit Union National Association is a national partner of the Go Direct program, which was founded in 2004 and encourages Americans to switch to direct deposit. For the full Go Direct release, use the resource link.