Monthly Archives: August 2011

BrightStar is Sponsoring Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips

We love giving back to Broward Schools! For the ninth year in a row BrightStar Credit Union is sponsoring Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips (EFTs) for 40 Broward Schools. Colonial Williamsburg offers a series of 7 EFTs throughout the school year, broadcast monthly from October through April. The program includes the EFTs, plus curriculum and educational materials to be used in classrooms. Thousands of local students will benefit and learn about American History over the school year.

 If your school would like to participate or would like more information, please visit our website Remember, registration is limited.

Are You Protected Against Identity Theft?

How secure is your personal information against identity theft?  There are several preventative measures you can take to reduce your chance of becoming a victim. Click below and take our free identity theft online course to learn more.

Identity Theft Solutions

BrightStar Credit Union proudly supports the BRACE Scholarships

For the past twenty five years, the Broward Education Foundation, the School Board of Broward County, local universities and businesses have all joined forces to work toward the goal of providing students in Broward County Schools the opportunity to attend college. The BRACE (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) Scholarship Fund raised over $660,000 in scholarship dollars in the past year, which was awarded to 165 students at a reception on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Global Grille Banquet Center, Fort Lauderdale.

BrightStar Credit Union is a long-term sponsor of the program. This year the Credit Union sponsored local student Michele W., helping her fulfill her college education at the University of Central Florida. Congratulations, Michele and all of the scholarship recipients! Good Luck.

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.

This BankerSpank Video Makes Us Chuckle.

We love this video because it helps demonstrate (in a humorous way) one of the key differences between banks and Credit Unions.  Check it out.

Congratulations to Our July e-Statement Contest Winner!

Congrats to Daniel U. winner of an Apple iPad for the month of July. We’re giving away four more between now and the end of November. You could win too if you register for BrightStar e-Statements. If you’re already registered, then you’re entered!

 e-Statement is the free, convenient way to keep track of your Credit Union accounts online.  Members can register for e-Statements within Online Banking by simply clicking on the e-Statements link.

 More info is available on our e-Statements info page here: