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ITAC urges safe data practices

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WASHINGTON (4/26/10)--The Identity Theft Assistance Center (ITAC), is marking April as financial literacy month by reminding parents that safe data practices should begin early in their children’s lives. Children and young adults who use social networking sites like Facebook can reduce their chances of becoming victims of identity crime by avoiding posting or request for personal information that can be used to establish fake accounts or hijack existing accounts. ITAC recommends parents give children a do-not-share list that includes:
* Address; * Social Security number; * Birth date; * Mother’s maiden name; * Pet names; and * Phone number.
“Criminals are trolling these sites looking for information they can monetize,” said ITAC President Anne Wallace. “Let’s make it more difficult by giving our kids the information they need to protect themselves and make it a part of a lifetime of safe data practices.” ITAC is part of Intersections, a CUNA Strategic Service provider.

CO-OP donates to Childrens Miracle Network

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HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (4/26/10)--During the closing ceremonies Wednesday of CO-OP Financial Services’ annual conference, THINK 2010, CO-OP CEO Stan Hollen announced that the company would donate $5,000 to a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, N.H., will receive the money, in the name of New Jersey Credit Union League President/CEO Paul Gentile and his family. The donation was in recognition of Gentile’s role as master of ceremonies at THIN 2010. Gentile’s twin six-year-old sons were born three months premature and spent three months in a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. “I saw first-hard the outstanding care Children’s Miracle Network hospitals give children and the difference it makes in the lives of families,” Gentile said. “It truly is a miracle.” CO-OP’s THINK 2010 was held April 18-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. CO-OP Financial Services is a credit union service organization in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.