Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Webster First Federal Credit Union values the health and safety of our members and employees. We are monitoring developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and will continue to do so as more information is made available.

 

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Branch operations and hours

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Branches are open during their normal business hours with social distancing guidelines in effect.

 
  • Masks will be required at all times.
  • The number of members allowed in the lobby at one time will be limited. Each branch will have the allowed number for their particular location posted at the entrance. To contact your local branch, click here.
  • We ask all members to attempt to maintain a six-foot distance from each other and our employees when possible.
  • We have asked our employees to refrain from handshakes, we appreciate your understanding.
  • We ask any member who is showing symptoms, has been ordered to quarantine, thinks they may have been exposed, or has recently traveled by air to NOT visit our lobby or drive-up. Instead please call your local branch and we will work to accommodate you.

 

Notice regarding Shared Branching:

Webster First members who plan to visit a CO-OP Shared Branch Network location are strongly encouraged to call prior to visiting to ensure availability.

 

 

Recommended services

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The CDC has encouraged the public to avoid close contact when necessary. As a Webster First member, there are a variety of free services you can use to avoid the need to visit a branch.

 
  • Online Banking – view account balances and transactions, pay bills online, transfer money, make loan payments, and more.
  • Mobile App – all the functionality of online banking, right on your phone. Plus, easily deposit checks anytime with Remote Deposit.
  • Telephone banking - access your accounts from any touchtone phone. Hear account balances and recent transactions, as transfer funds between accounts.
  • Mobile Wallet - make purchases quickly using your compatible smartphone. We currently offer Apple Pay®, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.
  • ATM Network - withdraw cash from nearly 30,000 ATMs nationwide through our CO-OP ATM Network partners.

 

 

Member assistance

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COVID-19 has caused financial hardship for people here in Massachusetts and across the globe. Webster First recognizes the impact this has had, and is here to support our members. The following programs and policies can assist if you have been affected financially.

 

  • Skip-A-Payment program*: Our Skip-A-Payment program offers the ability to skip a month’s payment on your personal, auto, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, or heavy equipment loan. To apply, please call your local branch.
  • Penalty-free certificate withdrawals: Effective immediately, members will be able to temporarily withdraw up to $10,000 per day from certificates of any term length without penalty, making your cash more accessible. To make a withdrawal from your certificate, please call your local branch.
  • Mortgage modifications: Hardship modifications are available for members who can demonstrate proven financial hardship. Our mortgage hardship modifications are made on an individual, case-by-case basis. Mortgage hardship modifications are made through our Collections Department. If you are in financial distress and would like to request a mortgage hardship modification, please contact us at (800) 962-4452 or call your local branch.

 

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The CARES Act for Small Businesses: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers a new program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the outbreak.

On April 24, 2020, additional funding for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program was signed into law. We are currently accepting new applications from applicants whom had an existing business deposit relationship in the name of the applicant entity on or before April 2, 2020.

 

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Staying up to date

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We encourage all members to visit the Centers for Disease Control’s official webpage to learn more.

 

  Visit cdc.gov  

 

 

Avoiding fraud

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Unfortunately, COVID-19 has coincided with a rise in fraud and scams. The FTC has advised the public of the following:

 
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the CDC at cdc.gov and the World Health Organization at who.int.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

 

For more information about protecting yourself from fraud, please visit the FTC’s Coronavirus Scams webpage.

 

  Visit ftc.gov  

 

 

Important information about COVID-19 stimulus checks

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The IRS has begun to issue stimulus checks as part of a $2 trillion stimulus bill. Full information is available at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

 

The IRS website provides many resources for taxpayers, including:

 

Direct deposits and checks

If you had your taxes direct deposited into your Webster First account, your stimulus check will be automatically deposited there for you. You can use online banking or our mobile app to check your balances anytime.

If you did not provide the IRS with your bank information at tax time and expect a paper check, you can still deposit it into your Webster First account, either by visiting a branch drive-up or through our mobile app using remote deposit. Please note that checks deposited via remote deposit are subject to a two-day hold. To get started using remote deposit, simply tap "Check Deposit" in our app. You can learn more about this feature here. 

 

Avoiding scams

The FBI and other agencies are warning Americans not to fall for phone calls, texts, emails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive the stimulus payment. Some scammers are demanding bank account numbers, PayPal account information, or other personal data in order to have your check released or money deposited. Scams could be made by phone, text message, or email. If you receive a text or email like this, don’t click on links as they could contain malware. Simply ignore and delete them.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

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Branches are open during their normal business hours with social distancing guidelines in effect.

Maybe. As Co-Op Shared Branch locations are run by other credit unions, we can’t guarantee that they will be open or available to serve shared branching members. We recommend you call before visiting to make sure they can accommodate you.

Yes. We are experiencing a higher call volume than normal, so wait times will be longer. We appreciate your patience as our team works diligently to make sure every member is given the exceptional service we pride ourselves on.
Yes. Through sound decision making by our senior leadership and Board of Directors, Webster First is extremely well capitalized and able to weather economic disruptions. Additionally, all deposits are insured up to $250,000, with additional amounts insured by MSIC for total peace of mind.
Possibly. We are currently experiencing a larger volume of applications than normal, which has resulted in longer processing times. Our team is working hard to process these applications as efficiently as possible.

Webster First is here to assist members who have been financially affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus.) We are currently working with affected members on a case by case basis.

 

If you have been affected, please call us at (800) 962-4452. Please note you may experience a longer than normal wait time. Thank you for your patience.

 

 

 

*By participating in Webster First Federal Credit Union’s Skip-A-Payment program, you request that Webster First Federal Credit Union defer your loan payments as indicated. You agree and understand that: 1.) FINANCE CHARGES will continue to accrue at the rate provided in your original loan agreement, during and after this time; 2.) deferring your payment will result in your having to pay higher total FINANCE CHARGES than if you made your payments as originally scheduled; 3.) the payment deferral will extend the terms of your loan(s) and you will have to make extra payment(s) after your loan(s) would otherwise be paid off; 4.) you will be required to resume your payment(s) at your next scheduled due date; your next monthly payment will include finance charges from the skipped month(s); 5.) Maximum initial consecutive skips is 2 months; If you elected GAP, the coverage will not be extended beyond the original maturity date. Payment Protection will still be added to the loan on the skipped month. All deferrals are subject to Webster First Federal Credit Union approval. Your loan to be skipped must not be past due more than ten days from your due date at the time of the request, or be past due more than 60 days past due in the last 3 months ) to participate. By signing this document, you agree to temporarily suspend WFFCU generated ACH loan payments until your next due date and acknowledge that your skip request must be processed 2 business days prior to your scheduled ACH payment to allow time to suspend the transaction. You agree to contact the Credit Union for exact payoff information. Only personal, automobile, recreational vehicle and heavy equipment loans are eligible. WFFCU reserves the right to change Skip-A-Payment program details at any time.