Monthly Archives: June 2011

We Will Be Closed On Monday, July 4th, 2011


BrightStar Credit Union will be closed on Monday July 4th, 2011 for Independence Day. We are open normal hours Friday & Saturday this week. Online Banking and BillPay, Call24, debit card and ATM services will all be available for your convenience.

 Our offices will reopen to  normal schedule again on Tuesday July 5th. To view BrightStar’s normal hours & locations, click here . Have a nice weekend.

Win One of Five Apple iPads

Five lucky BrightStar members will each win an Apple iPad. It’s easy and FREE to enter. All you have to do is sign up for e-Statements. We will give away the first iPad at the end of July, and one each month until the end of November. If you are already registered for e-Statements, then you’re already entered into our sweepstakes.

By using e-Statements, you can help reduce paper, lower costs for our cooperative, plus you’ll help the environment. Less paper means more trees!

To register for e-Statements, login to BrightStar’s Online Banking from our home page Once in Online Banking select e-Statements to register.

SECURITY ALERT: Text Message Scam

 Recently, some residents in south Florida have received calls and text messages asking for their debit or credit card numbers.  The message usually asks the recipient to call a phone number to “activate” or “verify” their debit or credit card.  Some of these messages have mentioned the names of credit unions, including BrightStar.

BrightStar did not send these messages. The messages are an attempt at fraud called “phishing,” which means someone tried to trick people into providing their account information. Some of BrightStar’s members received these messages (as well as non-members.) 

No BrightStar data has been compromised. Member account information is safe and secure. The only connection to the Credit Union is that some of the messages mention our name.

If you receive a message like this, ignore it. Do not call the phone number in the message nor reply to the message in any way. Never provide your account information to someone unless you know who it is. BrightStar will NEVER send you a text message or email asking you to verify your account information.

If you mistakenly provide your account information to a suspected fraudster, or if you suspect fraudulent activity on your account, please contact the Credit Union at 954-486-2728.

Protect yourself.  Don’t get caught phishing.

BrightStar Awards Four Schools $100 for their Environmental Projects!



Broward Schools’ Education Technology Services department and BECON TV recently partnered to hold a competition for school Environmental Clubs so that schools could share how their “Acts of Green” have contributed to saving our planet.

 Winners of the Acts of Green Video Competition were recognized at a recent School Board Meeting, and their videos were shared on BECON TV. BrightStar Credit Union provided a $100 donation for each of the four winning Environmental Clubs! (Can you say Pizza Party???)

 Congrats to all of the winners: Indian Trace Elementary, Sawgrass Springs Middle, Pompano Beach High and Coral Springs High School Community Adult Resource Education Program (CARE).  To see all the videos submitted, go to: and choose the “Acts of Green” Channel.

Join Us at The Seminole Hard Rock!


Come join us for the 8th Annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for Broward Schools Employees at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. There will be free cocktails & appetizers (while they last), live music, prizes & more! This FREE event is provided by the Broward Education Foundation and sponsored by BrightStar Credit Union for all employees of the District as a kick off celebration for the summer.

 It’s our way of saying “thanks” to teachers and school system employees for all of your hard work during the school year. We hope you have a great summer!

 Please click here for event details. Don’t forget to stop by our tables for free goodies :)!

BrightStar Is 65 Years Strong!

BrightStar Credit Union is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Visit our special website for details (

Where Could $10,000 Take You This Summer?

Where Could $10,000 Take You This Summer? Find out by entering our Summer Sweepstakes. You could win by simply paying your bills!

Here’s How to Enter:

Pay at least 3 bills using BrightStar’s Online BillPay in June and July 2011, and you’ll automatically receive an entry into the sweepstakes for EVERY bill paid!

If you are not already enrolled in Online BillPay, it’s free and easy to enroll. Simply go to our home page ( and log in to your account. Then once logged into Online Banking select the BillPay option. You will then be prompted to register.

  •  Grand Prize $10,000
  • First Prize $2,000 Travel Certificate
  • Second Prize 16 GB Apple iPad™ with Case
  • Third Prize $100

Details & Official Rules at