TAPCO Credit Union Goes Mobile

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Wireless banking now available at TAPCO via http://www.tapcocu.org

Aware that 25 to 34-year-old consumers prefer a convenient, wireless lifestyle, TAPCO Credit Union, http://www.tapcocu.org, of Tacoma, Washington has introduced mobile banking. This means that TAPCO members can now virtually - with complete safety and security - do their online banking in Pierce County, or anywhere else in Washington state or the world in the palm of their hand with the mere touch of a finger.

"With our new mobile banking, our valued members can securely view their account balances, transfer funds, and electronically pay their bills," said TAPCO CEO John Bechtholt. "TAPCO continues with its rich tradition of progressive innovations by offering this service to our members using a Web-enabled mobile phone, PDA or other mobile device - if they have an online banking account at http://www.tapcocu.org ."

Computer savvy consumers will rest assured in knowing TAPCO has taken every mobile banking precaution, including multi-factor authentication, member selected passwords, deactivation in the event of a mobile device theft or loss, encryption of locally stored data, and secure socket layer connection.

Complete, exciting details are available at http://www.tapcocu.org or at any one of TAPCO's six convenient branch locations. TAPCO's main telephone number: (253) 565-9895.

TAPCO has repeatedly been honored as one of the nation's top credit unions in financial stability. TAPCO Credit Union's ''5-Star Superior rating'' - the highest award for healthy credit unions - was presented by the authoritative firm, BauerFinancial, Inc.

"This means residents of Tacoma and throughout Pierce County can join TAPCO as new members with full confidence regarding their finances," said Bechtholt. "TAPCO is proud to offer affordable loan programs and other valuable financial services in addition to online and mobile banking.

"Since 1934, our valued members have responded favorably to our commitment of excellent service," added Bechtholt. He says TAPCO's employees work hard to live up to the TAPCO slogan: Join and Prosper.

Award-winning TAPCO has a rich history of serving the community. It has repeatedly been named recipient of the ''Dora Maxwell Award for Social Responsibility.'' Ms. Maxwell is well-regarded for her efforts to help the needy in the nation's early credit union movement.

TAPCO has also been instrumental in helping other important causes, such as Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers, http://www.i91.ctc.edu/crimestoppers, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy, http://www.t-pcc.org. TAPCO is also a proud supporter of "Biz Kid$", which is a financial-literacy education program for youngsters on PBS station, KTBC, http://www.kbtc.org.

Why Join a Credit Union?

Credit unions are member-owned cooperative financial institutions. Credit unions are not- for-profit organizations existing only to serve their members. This enables them to pay favorable rates on savings accounts and charge competitively priced low interest on loans.

Why Join TAPCO?

TAPCO Credit Union has a long and rich history in Pierce County. Founded in 1934 by nine City of Tacoma employees, TAPCO has grown to over 24,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Pierce County is eligible for membership, and each member has a voice in how TAPCO operates. Member participation keeps TAPCO focused on the founding members' vision of "People Helping People."

How Does TAPCO Operate?

While maintaining a professional staff to run daily operations, TAPCO is governed by a Board of Directors that establishes and reviews policy. The Directors are TAPCO members who are elected by the membership and serve without pay. Every member has one vote, regardless of how much he or she has on deposit. At TAPCO, there is no select group of shareholders that profits more than anyone else. All members profit, individually and collectively.

TAPCO is a state-chartered credit union, organized under strict regulatory laws that are monitored and enforced by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. Government. The NCUA insures each member account for $100,000 which means that your money is safe with TAPCO.

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