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posted: 10/30/2013 12:37 PM

CCU sponsors credit card fraud seminar

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Consumers Credit Union hosts a free seminar titled "Protecting Yourself From Credit Card Fraud" on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Holiday Inn -- Gurnee.

Those in attendance will learn helpful tips on how to take necessary steps toward preventing credit card fraud, along with simple-to-use techniques on how to protect themselves and their personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

The seminary will also cover best practices for handling fraud disputes for those who become victims of credit card fraud.

"Maintaining a healthy credit rating is difficult enough without having to combat the effects of stolen personal information," noted Sean M. Rathjen, CCU president.

"Rebuilding credit and restoring one's own good identity can be a nightmare. 'Protecting Yourself From Credit Card Fraud' will show our attendees how to use credit cards safely and efficiently while helping to prevent fraud from even occurring. Whether you're a new credit card user or someone who's used them for years, the information presented in this workshop will benefit everyone who attends."

The seminary is presented by Bonny Thomas, CCU's VISA director, in partnership with Consumers Cooperative Association. This no-cost educational seminar is open to the public and CCU members.

A few highlights of the seminar are:

• Knowing the steps you can take to prevent fraud.

• Protecting your PIN (Personal Identification Number).

• How to identify fraud if it should happen to you.

• Understanding fraud dispute procedures.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the seminar begins at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 6161 West Grand Ave., Gurnee. Reservations can by made in advance by contacting Cedric Ivy at or (847) 265-5541. Seating is limited for the event.

Consumers Credit Union is member-owned with offices in Waukegan, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Gurnee, North Waukegan and Volo. For details, visit