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By: First International Bank & Trust
As of Monday, April 25, customers can now access credit card information here. All customers will have to register for a new account.
Beginning Tuesday, April 26, customers will be able to see their credit card information within online banking
As of Friday, April 22, MyCardStatement.com is no longer accessible. On Monday, April 25, customers will be able to access their credit card account information through the new Credit Card Online Account Manager. Credit card account information will be available through Online Banking on Tuesday, April 26.
If you have questions regarding balances, transactions or payments, please feel free to give us a call.
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We are excited to announce upcoming enhancements to our credit card program! Here at First International Bank & Trust, we are ready to take your card experience to the next level. These enhancements include the issuance of new credit cards, so we want to make sure you’re in the know with what’s happening.
EMV Chip Technology
Your new credit will have an embedded microprocessor chip that stores and protects your data, which helps to increase security and reduce fraud. The chip will be in addition to the magnetic strip.
24/7 Cardholder Service
Call 1-855-632-9006 for balance inquiries, payment information, transaction history, statement requests or to dispute a charge.
Online Access through your FIB&T Online Banking
Real-time credit card information for transactions, pending activity, payment information, and custom email alerts. You can also sign up for electronic statements. Best of all, if you are currently using FIB&T online banking for your FIB&T deposit accounts or loans, you will now be able to locate your credit card information here as well. Gone are the days of logging into a separate credit card site!
New Rewards Program
Get ready for a more robust rewards program that allows you to redeem points towards shopping, travel, gift cards and more. Find out more below.
Beginning April 25, 2016, you will have a new rewards program. We will be changing from ScoreCardRewards® to a program called UChoose Rewards®. UChoose Rewards® will allow you to redeem points on your credit card purchases to use towards shopping, travel, event tickets, gift cards and more. Important information about the transition of the rewards program to note is:
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
Credit Card Department Manager
Kelby Jennissen, Personal Banker, Fargo South, Member FDIC
Working in the banking industry, it seems that everyone you meet has questions regarding their credit score. Everyday thousands of commercials are aired about the importance of your credit score, how you can protect it, and where you can find a “totally free” credit score; yet the vast majority of people know very little about their score. I have looked at hundreds, if not thousands, of credit reports and have compiled a list of the most common questions.
Q: What do banks do with my credit score?
A: Your score is a risk indicator depicting the likelihood that you will repay your loan in accordance with the original terms and conditions. A high score indicates a lower level of risk, which can lead to a lower interest rate.
Q: Who calculates my credit score?
A: Your credit score is calculated by the big three credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion). Each agency records your credit repayment history and enters it into a mathematical formula created by FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation). This formula is broken down into 35% of your repayment history, 30% in amounts owed, 15% in length of credit history, 10% in types of credit used, and 10% in new credit*. This is why it is extremely important to make your payments on time, as this is the biggest factor when calculating your score.
Q: My car payment was due on the 15th and I just paid it on the 18th, is this going to hurt my credit score?
A: Generally no. Most creditors only report a payment as late to the credit reporting agencies when it reaches the 30 day mark, however, be careful, as not making your payment on time can lead to late fees and unwanted phone calls from your lender! If you have any questions about when your specific creditor considers your payment late for credit reporting purposes, you should ask the creditor.
Q: How long does a late payment stay on my credit report?
A: A long time! A late payment, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, foreclosure, collection or other public records will generally show up on your credit report for seven years. Chapter 7 bankruptcies generally show for 10 years, and a tax lien may be indefinite. Save yourself the worry; live within your means and make your payments on time.
Q: What is considered a good credit score?
A: Generally speaking there is no set number for a “good” or “bad” credit score. As long as you are paying your bills on time and do not have any judgments, collections, or bankruptcies, you are doing just fine. That being said, generally anything higher than a score of 700 is considered good, and 760 or higher is excellent!
Hopefully this has answered some questions about credit scores you may have. If you would like more information, please visit www.myfico.com or visit with your local FIB&T loan officer!
As a Personal Banker, Kelby assists customers with a variety of banking needs with special focus on consumer lending and is located at our 25th Street branch in Fargo.
In his spare time, Kelby enjoys spending time with his friends and family, exploring the outdoors and playing basketball.
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