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Unified Checking

Get the most out of your checking account without all the fuss and the fees with our free checking account.

Enjoy the benefits of a truly free* checking account

Our Unified Checking Account is packed with features that make banking easier and more rewarding. With this truly free checking account, you'll never have to worry about monthly service fees or maintaining a minimum balance, plus you'll earn interest on your account balance each month. Open an account today and enjoy all the features of a convenient account, including:

  • No monthly service fees
  • No minimum balance requirement
  • Earn up to 1.00% APY*
  • Overdraft protection with Courtesy Pay**

 

Get Rewarded with an Account that Pays You

In addition to the everyday features and benefits, you can also earn more each month when you qualify for the enhanced perks of Unified Checking:

To earn enhanced perks, just meet a few simple qualifiers each month:

  • Perform at least 15 Georgia United debit and/or credit card transactions
  • Make a direct deposit(s) of $500 or more
  • Enroll in E-Statements

 

Ways to Open A Unified Checking Account

Other Checking Account Options

Simple Checking

  • No monthly service fees
  • No minimum opening deposit
  • Visa® Debit Card

Money Masters Teen Checking

  • Available to teens ages 12-17
  • No monthly service fees
  • $5 minimum opening deposit required
  • Visa® Debit Card
  • Rewards for good grades and volunteering
I have been with the Georgia United Credit Union family for many years and their customer service is number one and they always go the extra mile to make sure you are taken care of with a smile.
- Bobby J.
Been with Georgia United for a very long time and they are awesome. Whether I had 20 bucks in the account or 100 thousand, you are treated the same, with dignity and respect.
- Guy K.
I've always had near Chick-fil-A level customer service; especially by phone, which is crucial as I now live outside the state of Georgia.
- Wanda C.
The representative was personable, knowledgeable and efficient. Further, the representative was extremely patient as I explained my issue. Resolution to my concern exceeded expectations.
- Cynthia H.
I received great service from the Georgia United representative during a difficult time in my life. I sincerely appreciate her help and understanding.
- Kamden R.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Very quick with responding to people. I have been a member since 2005 when it was State Employees' Credit Union and have always loved the service you still provide.
- Lola P.
Since I have been a member, I have always received attention that exceeds the normal in professionalism and courtesy.
- Luis C.

Identity Theft Warning Signs

Identity thieves can drain your bank account, open new accounts and damage your good credit and reputation. These six tips can help you stay ahead of thieves and guide you in the event your identity has been stolen.


1. Gather intelligence. The United States, United Kingdom and Canada all provide free credit reports from the major credit bureaus. In the U.S., visit annualcreditreport.com to obtain one free credit report from the three bureaus each year. If you have access to multiple reports per year, space out your requests for better year-round coverage. However, if you suspect fraud, get them all right away.


2. Review everything. Don’t pay bills without scrutinizing them. Open all bank, brokerage and credit card statements in a timely manner and read every line. Scan for unusual purchases or withdrawals that could signal someone else is making charges. Be aware of the time of month your bills arrive. If they stop, someone may have changed the address on your account. Consider opting into E-Statements to reduce the paper trail thieves rely on.


3. Stay curious. Sometimes people have a tendency to discount the possibility that a charge or withdrawal is fraudulent. Don’t assume that your partner or family member made the transaction—ask. And don’t be shy about calling the company the charge came from as well as your financial institution.


4. Guard privacy. Identity thieves may have some of your information but need more in order to perpetuate a fraud. You need to be careful with whom you share personal information. Don’t respond to emails or calls asking for personal details—instead call back the company directly to verify the request is legit. Keep privacy settings high on your social media accounts. Never share or give out PIN numbers or passwords.


5. Act immediately. If you suspect your identity was stolen, waste no time. Notify your credit union and creditors. Place a hold/freeze on your credit file and alert credit bureaus of identity theft. Change all of your online passwords. The sooner you can lock down your accounts, the harder it will be for the thieves to cash in on your identity and the faster you can resolve any fraud.


6. Alert authorities. If you’ve been hit by identity fraud, you need to contact the police. Many businesses and creditors will want a copy of the police report as they work with you to resolve fraud. You should also inform the government by reporting it to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.


7. Place a "fraud alert" or "security freeze" on your file at the three major credit bureaus: Experian at 888-397-3742 toll-free (experian.com), Equifax at 800-525-6285 (equifax.com) and Trans-Union at 800-680-7289 (transunion.com). Alerts are free for everyone; freezes are more secure and sometimes free for people 65 and older.

Be sure to contact Georgia United by phone or visit a local branch immediately. Don’t forget you can immediately freeze your debit or credit card through  Online Banking or our Mobile App.

Source: CyberScout

Content provided for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice on any subject matter.

 

*APY = Annual Percentage Yield. Rate may change after account is opened. The APY is accurate as of the last dividend declaration date. If your account balance is from $0.01 to $15,000.00 and qualifications are met, the Annual Percentage Yield will be 1.00%. If your account balance is $15,000.01 and above and you have met the qualifications, the Annual Percentage Yield will range from 1.00% to 0.19%. To earn 1.00% APY on up to $15,000 of the average daily account balance and to receive up to $10 per month in non-Georgia United ATM surcharge fee refunds, there is no minimum account balance requirement; however, the account must perform at least 15 Georgia United debit and/or credit card transactions that post and clear during the month, have a monthly direct deposit of $500 or more and be enrolled in E-Statements. If you do not meet the qualifications the APY will be 0.05%. Overdraft/returned item fees may apply, see Share Rates and Fees Schedule for additional fees that may apply. All Credit Union programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.

**Courtesy Pay is a standard overdraft practice that comes with a Unified Checking Account. An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction, but we pay it anyway. We authorize and pay overdrafts for checks and other transactions made using your checking account number, and automatic bill payments. We do not authorize and pay overdrafts for ATM and everyday debit card transactions unless you ask us to. We will charge you a Courtesy Pay fee of $35 each time we pay a transaction. We also offer overdraft protection plans, such as a link to your other accounts, which may be less expensive than our standard overdraft practices. We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. Your account must be brought current within 30 days of initial use.

***Items transmitted using this service are not subject to the funds availability requirements of the Federal Reserve Board Regulation CC. Deposits accepted using this service will be available within two business days. Georgia United may make such funds available sooner.

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) insures your deposits (in savings, savings certificates, and share-draft/checking accounts) up to $250,000. IRAs are insured separately to $250,000.