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Beware! Banking Fraud is on the Rise!

Posted On Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Beware! Banking Fraud is on the Rise!

There are many ways fraudsters can get information online. How can you protect yourself and Alpha Delta Kappa? (Per federal regulations, nonprofit information filed with the Internal Revenue Service is a matter of public record)

 


Alpha Delta Kappa International and the Foundation have trusted and used United Missouri Bank (UMB) for decades. Check, ACH, and wire fraud continue to rise, and being alert to these fraudsters’ methods is important.

We asked Senior Advisor Anne Bowman for advice: 
In terms of best practices, I would emphasize a few things. Your groups should not initiate any form of payment without verbally confirming the request is valid with an authorized person. A quick phone call (making sure you have their correct phone number, and not just a number on the correspondence) can go a long way to avoiding malicious attempts on an account.

Always require dual control on any wire payment. You should have an internal dual control policy, as well as dual control set up with the bank. The safest strategy would be a policy of no wires. 

I would also suggest any changes relating to payments be verified. Even if a vendor sends you a request to change a payment address, you should call the vendor to verify.

Another good practice is to review the email address on any request for payment. It may look similar, but on closer inspection, you can see it does not match the actual address.

Finally, just be alert and be suspicious of everything. If someone is pushing you to make a payment, don’t be rushed. Take the time to verify anything that might not seem quite right. 

Certainly, fraud should be reported to the bank which initiated the payment. You may also want to contact the police department and local FBI office. 

As it relates to retrieving the funds, you should be working with the sending bank. Most times, with outgoing wires, when the money leaves the bank, you won’t see it again. It’s often sent to another bank, and then immediately wired out of that bank to an overseas bank. 

Everyone should be reviewing their account daily online and be alert to any suspicious activity.

United Missouri Bank Security Resources

**IRS Phishing scheme**

Furthermore, we have learned that there are 990-N e-Postcard phishing schemes out there, where chapters are getting emails disguised as if they are coming from Headquarters with a link to file the 990-N e-Postcard. The link is to a false IRS site, and when they try to file it tells them they either owe money to the IRS or have to pay money to file. It is a scheme to get credit card numbers. We are income tax exempt and none of our chapters owe income taxes unless there are very special circumstances. YOU SHOULD NEVER BE CHARGED TO FILE THE 990-N E-POSTCARD. IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS (headquarters@alphadeltakappa.org or 800-247-2311).

The IRS has seen an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

The IRS also does not email 990-N e-Postcard confirmations any longer.
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Updated International Policies and Procedures Manual Now Available

Posted On Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Updated International Policies and Procedures Manual Now Available

The current International Policies and Procedures Manual is available and found under Guiding and General Documents and Forms. All items listed in the table of contents are linked to their applicable pages within the manual. 

International Policies and Procedures Manual

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Certificate of Liability Insurance

Posted On Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Certificate of Liability Insurance

When requesting a Certificate of Liability Insurance for an event, we must have the physical address and name of place where the event is being held. If that venue requires that they be shown as additional insured, our insurance company requires a signed contract stating that they must be shown as additional insured before the certificate can be issued by our Insurance company.  

Certificate of Liability Insurance Form
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Donations That Don't Cost You Anything

Posted On Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Donations That Don't Cost You Anything

Did you know that YOU can help The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation while you are shopping online and searching the web? It’s true! The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation receives a percentage of your total spending and a percentage when you search the web. Checks that come to the Foundation are all because YOU shopped online with Giving Assistant and Amazon Smile, applied for an Alpha Delta Kappa credit card, or, searched using Good Search, Good Shop and the Shopfunding campaign. Every little bit helps our organization! Look at the various ways below that YOU could be helping the Foundation without spending any additional monies. Thank you for helping support The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation with donations that don’t cost YOU anything! Happy shopping and searching! Get more details...

             
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Disaster Relief

Posted On Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Disaster Relief

Our sisters have been, and are being, affected by natural disasters in multiple locations. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they assess their damage and work to move forward. There are many agencies who are moving to get supplies and assistance to those in need according to news reports.  

Keeping up with the weather and disasters of this magnitude is difficult at times.  Please keep in touch and let us know if you have something to be shared or reported regarding our Alpha Delta Kappa family. Let us pull together and embrace our sisters with support, love and care who are in need at this time.  What can we do?   

The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation has a line item in its budget for disaster relief. Donations can be sent to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation and you can indicate on the subject/memo line “disaster relief” or more specifically to an S/P/N (ex:  Louisiana flooding).  

Online donations may also be made through the website. When it is specific to a S/P/N, those monies will be sent to the S/P/N treasurer and that S/P/N Disaster Relief Committee will decide how to distribute the funds to assist our members affected.  A donation with only “disaster relief” will go into the fund and be distributed as needed depending on the number of inquiries.

Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a donation statement for tax purposes in January. Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
PO BOX 870567 
Kansas City MO 64187-0567
ONLY Foundation donations will be accepted at the above address. 

A note about membership badges lost in natural disasters:  If chapters have extra badges in their badge banks, please send them to with a personal note to a sister who may have lost hers in a disaster, and we will see that they are appropriately distributed.

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Welcome to the New Website

Posted On Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Welcome to the new Alpha Delta Kappa International website! The only password protected areas of the new website are the directory, marketplace, “My Profile” and a few misc. items but, otherwise, everything else is public. Hopefully this will make it easier for members to access things quickly without having to sign in every time.

By now, all members of AΔK should have received a new username and password via email for the new International AΔK website.  Once you are logged in, go to "My Profile" to update your contact information, username/password, etc. Members can update their name, address, phone number, email address, engaged/employed status and DOB by clicking on the pencil icon at the top right corner of the area they want to update. The editable areas will turn white and be sure to save your changes. This update will be reflected instantly at Headquarters so there is no need to complete the H-119 form.

Here are some of the new features:
A focus on ease of use for members and prospective members 
Members can update their own contact information
Comprehensive online directory
Responsive design for tablets and smartphones
Contact information updates instantly reflected at Headquarters 
Members will be able to share content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube
 
Please don't hesitate to contact Headquarters for any questions or assistance!
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