Your Credit Union


Advance Savings is a community banking institution with four community branches and a business centre in southeastern New Brunswick. We're proud to be a locally owned Credit Union. 

Credit Unions are more than your average financial institutions. We’re cooperatives—a small point, but a big difference. Being a cooperative means our customers are also our members—which means what’s good for you is good for us.


From everyday banking needs like chequing and savings accounts, to long-term savings, mortgages, loans, and small business banking, credit unions manage over $10 billion in loans, deposits and mortgages and offer all the products and services you expect from a financial institution.

Vision, Values & Mission Expand/Collapse

At Advance Savings, we have a shared aspiration.

We will be a leader that enriches the lives our of members, employees and the communities we serve.

Our Values are People, Community, Excellence, Accountability and Integrity.


  • Simply said, people first.
  • We accept our responsibility for the economic and social well being of our communities.
  • We strive for excellence in all we do through innovation, education and continuous improvement.
  • We choose to be accountable for our actions.
  • Integrity will guide our business practices and our relationships with our members, employees and communities.

Advance Savings mission calls on us to be a progressive, member-driven provider of quality financial sevices for the citizens of our communities.

Meet the Board of Directors Expand/Collapse

Advance Savings is governed by a community based  board of directors which provides strategic leadership to the organization. They are democratically elected and sit for 3 year terms.

The current members of the Advance Savings Board of Directors are:

Executive Members:
Chair:  Tony Goodwin
Vice-chair: Ben Allerston
Secretary: Garry Miles

Board Members:
Nancy Cail
Lindsay Brown
Ryan Gillespie
Stephen Crawford
David MacQuarrie
Barry Spencer

Meet our Leadership Team Expand/Collapse

Our management team provides day-to-day leadership for Advance Savings.

The members of our corporate management team are:

  • Derek Ellard, Chief Executive Officer
  • Cathy Leger, Vice President - Finance and Administration
  • Don Bourque, Senior Director - Commercial Banking
  • Justin Mury, Manager - Operations
  • Jeff Melvin, Manager - Information Technology

The members of our community branch management team are:

  • Cathy Darland, Community Engagement Manager
  • Maxine Rice, Branch Manager - Petitcodiac
  • Donna Jones, Branch Manager - Rexton
  • Arlene Steeves, Assitant Branch Manager - Riverview
  • Tracy Henderson, Assitant Branch Manager - Moncton

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Read our Account Terms & Conditions Expand/Collapse

Review our Internet Security & Online Policies Expand/Collapse

Online banking makes managing your finances easy and convenient. However, there are measures you should take, and best practices you should follow, whenever you go online to access your accounts. Because your online security is our priority, we have compiled suggestions and tips for safe browsing to help you avoid falling victim to Internet threats.

Security Guarantee

Our online banking system is safeguarded with the best security available in a commercial environment, ensuring that your information is protected while data is transmitted between your computer and our banking server.

Encryption

Internet encryption protects your information while it is in transit between your computer and our systems. Encryption ensures that data cannot be read or altered because the information is scrambled. Our online banking website uses a 128-bit SSL, encrypting both request and response transactions, through a secure connection. To establish a secure connection, verify that the prefix of our website address in your browser reads 'https' (and not simply 'http'). All the browsers we support meet this requirement. If yours doesn't, please download the appropriate encryption support from your browser's supplier.

Controlled Access to Your Accounts

Your accounts can only be accessed by providing the correct login credentials and Personal Access Code (PAC), which only you know. Our employees never know these details and will never ask you to provide them with this information.

Enhanced Security Login Process

The first time you log in to your online banking account, you will be asked to choose from a list of security questions and answers. Be sure to pick questions with answers that are not easy to guess. Use ones that only you know. If you have a joint account, the questions and answers for both users must coincide. You can register your home or personal computer so that you will not have to answer a security question every time you log in. However, when you log in to your account from another machine, we will ask one of the security questions to confirm your identity.
For security reasons, we track the number of login attempts used to access your online banking. After a number of incorrect attempts to provide the correct PAC or answers to security questions, your online access will be immediately disabled. To regain access, please call our customer service representatives.

Safe Browsing

When visiting a branch, you can feel confident that your money is safe and secure, with the premises adorned by vaults, locked doors, security and surveillance. We are keeping you just as safe when you bank online but once your information reaches your computer, you have a responsibility to protect it.

Personal Access Codes (PAC)

Online credentials can be numerous as they are needed for email accounts, social networking sites, online newspapers and shopping websites. That's a lot of usernames and passwords – and it can be tempting to use the same combination for everything. But this makes it far too easy for hackers because once they have one password, they can access all your sites. Login credentials are the keys to your accounts so don't leave those keys around for anyone to find. For online banking, the key is your Personal Access Code (PAC). We recommend you:Choose a PAC that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess. Avoid using current phone numbers, dates of birth, or social insurance numbers.

Be smart and don't save a list of your credentials on your PC. If you have to write them down, keep these details locked away somewhere only you can access or consider using password-management software, which secures and encrypts usernames and passwords and allows you to use a single master password.

Do not share your PAC with anyone, especially online. Employees of our financial institution will never call, email, write or ask you to provide your online banking credentials. Ever.

Don't authorize browsers to memorize your credentials. Saving these on your computer allows anyone using your PC to gain access to your login-protected sites.
Consider changing your PAC every 90 days for optimum security.

Personal Details

When you move, it is important to notify us of your change of address. If your mailing information isn't up-to-date, statements or letters that contain personal information will continue to be sent to your former address.

e-Statements

You may prefer to eliminate paper statements altogether, avoiding any possibility of mail theft. Eliminate paper documents, go electronic and be secure while doing it. Our e-Statements are a digital archive of your monthly banking activity than can be downloaded as a PDF from our secure online banking site.

e-Documents

Our e-Documents allow you quick and convenient online access to your financial documents: anytime, anywhere. Open the documents as PDFs and print your T5s, mortgage receipts or transaction receipts only as needed, while creating a safe and secure digital archive.

Logging In and Out

When you are finished with your banking session, always log out by clicking the "Log Out" button, as opposed to simply closing the browser window. To help protect your information, your online banking session will end automatically if there has been no activity for 20 minutes or if your visit lasts longer than 60 minutes. If your session has timed out, no further transactions can be made until you log in again. This time-out feature helps protect your accounts from unauthorized access if your PC is left unattended or if you have forgotten to log out.

Clearing Cookies and Cache

When you spend time on the Internet, your browser stores information, such as the websites you visit, the images and files you view, and your personal information, including passwords and login details. This data is held on your computer's hard drive and is known as 'cache.' Even though you may have logged out and closed your browser, this information may remain accessible. You can protect your data by clearing your browsing history regularly. This can be done in a few easy steps:

Internet Explorer Users
Click on the 'Tools' tab (or use the 'Ctrl-Shift-Delete' shortcut)
Select 'Delete Browsing History'
Choose the options you wish to erase and click 'Delete'

Firefox Users
Click on the 'History' tab (or use the 'Ctrl-Shift-Delete' shortcut)
Select 'Show All History' and/or
Choose the time frame you wish to erase and click 'Delete'

Safari Users
Click on the 'History' tab
Select 'Show all History'
Choose the period you wish to erase and click 'Clear History'

Chrome Users
Delete all your data:
In the top-right corner of Chrome, click the Chrome menu.
Select More tools > Clear browsing data.
In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
Click Clear browsing data.
Delete specific items from your browsing data:
Instead of deleting entire categories of your browsing data, you can pick specific items to delete.

Private Browsing
Some web browsers have a feature that allows you to browse the Internet without the browser storing information, such as the sites you visit, the images you see and videos you watch. This feature is sometimes used by people who share the same computer. Private browsing is a temporary option and must be selected in order for it to be activated. Private browsing, however, does not give you immunity to spyware or make you anonymous. It is still possible for your Internet service provider, employer or the websites you visit to track your online activity.

Monitoring Your Accounts

Frequently reviewing your paper and/or electronic account statements and registering for our alerts system ensures that you spot any incorrect or fraudulent transactions as soon as they occur. If your card has been skimmed (when the card's magnetic stripe and PIN are fraudulently copied by embedded devices at ATMs or point-of-sale devices) or unauthorized transactions have been made, you will want to catch this as soon as possible. Every time you receive an account statement verify you made all the transactions.

Internet Scams

While pickpockets can only target a few people each day, Internet fraudsters cast their nets much wider, using the anonymity and reach of mass emails and fake websites. You can protect yourself from these situations by knowing how to identify and avoid these scams.

Phishing

A common way for Internet scammers to obtain your personal information is through a method called phishing. Usernames, passwords, banking information and credit card details are phished through email or instant messaging. Phishing works by sending communications, which appear to be from your financial institution, but they are not. You are asked, supposedly by your financial institution, to log in to your online banking to verify account information. Often some type of security concern is cited as the issue. The fake email instructs you to click on a link that takes you to a non-legitimate version of your online banking site – one that is largely indistinguishable from the legitimate site – and you'll be asked to enter your credentials.

Phishing emails may include:

Warnings about account closures
Requests to update your information
Offers to register for a new service
Offers for pre-approved credit cards
Free virus-protection programs
Once you click on the link, which directs you to a phishing website, you'll be prompted to enter personal or banking information. Phishing scams seek personal details, such as your address, social security number or mother's maiden name. The details obtained will then be used for identity theft.

Scam emails purporting to be from your credit card company or financial institution often have some telling signs, including:

Poor spelling or grammar
Alarmist content, warning that your account will be closed if you don't provide your banking or personal details immediately
Notices that you've won a prize and are required to pay a fee in order to claim it
Never provide personal details or any account details in an email. Electronic messaging is not a secure form of communication. If you receive a message that you are unsure about, please contact us.

Pharming

Another way for hackers to get their hands on your personals details is by pharming them. Pharming occurs when hackers use a malicious code on your PC, which compromises your computer's host file and redirects you to fake websites. The malware hides the fraudulent URL, cloaking it in the legitimate one that appears in your browser. With pharming, the dishonest redirection of URLs happens even when you type correct URLs directly into your browser, making you think that you're on the correct website when you are not. Once there, you are asked to enter your online banking credentials or account information, which hackers take and use for criminal activity.

How to Avoid Phishing and Pharming Scams
We will never send you emails or communications asking you to verify or provide your online banking details. The best way to protect yourself is to never use a link provided in an email to access your online banking (because we don't send those; scammers do). Do not open emails or email attachments from unknown sources. Scan email through your anti-virus software.

Always type your financial institution's website address directly into your browser and remember to look for confirmation that you are browsing securely. The letter "s" in 'https' indicates you are navigating in a secure site, in comparison to the open and unprotected 'http' URLs. Look for the 'https' when online shopping, too.

Don't feel panicked when phishing emails caution of immediate account closures if your banking details cannot be verified. Don't believe emails warning that your account has been compromised or that you'll miss out on a great deal if you fail to act immediately. If you are concerned, call or visit one of our customer service representatives.

Anti-Virus Software

Install anti-virus software on your computer to protect your information, money and privacy. Such software detects viruses and cleans your computer so that harmful viruses do not spread. Set up your anti-virus to run frequent scans and update the software as soon as it is required. Ensure you have real-time scanning of every email and every file you download.

Malware

Malicious software (malware), spyware, worms and Trojans are the same class of destructive viruses; just with different names. Nobody wants a computer virus. They can steal your personal information, take over your PC and use your computer to attack other people's computers. Your PC can become infected through email attachments, downloading infected content or visiting harmful websites.

Spyware

Spyware is exactly what it sounds like – tracking software that is downloaded to your computer (without your knowledge) when you visit certain Internet sites. Secretly, it gathers information about you and your browsing habits. This information can be trivial or it can include passwords and personal data that you wouldn't want criminals to get their hands on. It can also interfere with user controls and disable legitimate anti-virus programs.

The best way to protect your computer against spyware is smart browsing. Stay away from sites that look unsafe and avoid streaming or downloading content from untrustworthy sources. Many anti-virus products offer targeted spyware solutions that inspect your operating system, installed programs, downloads and files.

Scareware

One of the most common viruses to watch out for is known as scareware. These scams pop-up on your screen and display alarmist warnings, telling you a virus has invaded your computer. Scareware prompts you to download (and often pay for) fake anti-virus software to remove the non-existent viruses. Scareware is a scam that tries to trick you into paying money in exchange for nothing.

You can protect against scareware by keeping your anti-virus software up-to-date and by being judicious about what you choose to download to your computer. You should also familiarize yourself with the interface of your legitimate anti-virus program, so you won't be fooled if one of these pop-ups appears.

Computers & Smartphones

We have created a secure channel to communicate with our customers, but you need to do your part by maintaining your computer up-to-date and virus-free.

Operating Systems
Your computer's operating system needs to be up-to-date in order to defend itself from viruses and malicious software (malware). If one part of your operating system develops a virus, it leaves holes in your PC's security defences and compromises the safety of the information contained in your computer.

Keeping your software up-to-date is one of the most important ways of staying safe online because it is much harder for viruses to infect an updated operating system and software. Hackers are targeting operating systems with new viruses all the time and software companies combat these efforts with security patches. You should always download the latest security patch as soon as it becomes available.

Your operating system lets you know when updates are available by notifying you there are new security features to download. You can also upgrade your operating system to the latest version available from the manufacturer; however, you should ensure your computer has sufficient hardware capacity to support an upgrade.

Remember to back up your data. To fully eliminate a virus that has infected your machine, the re-installation of your operating system may be required. Protect yourself against the permanent loss of important data by frequently backing up your files on an external hard drive so you'll have the data should you ever have a problem with your operating system.

Browsers

Web browsers are the gateways to the Internet. Similar to having an up-to-date operating system, upgraded browsers provide more features, stability and security. Whether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome or something else, stay safe online by using the latest version available.

The latest versions of web browsers have security features that can identify and block harmful and fake websites and pop-ups, and warn you if a site is flagged as unsafe. Some browsers also have a 'Private Browsing' feature, which conceals your browsing history from others.

We suggest you update your browser.

Firewalls

A firewall protects your computer and home network from harmful websites and hackers. It sits between your computer and the Internet, scanning information that is being transmitted. It allows for safe browsing, while blocking unauthorized intrusions. Even though you may think you have no information of value on your PC, firewalls also stop your computer from being used by hackers to send malicious software to other computers.

Most computers now come with a firewall as part of the standard operating system. However, you can get the maximum protection for your computer by installing additional firewalls and ensuring they are kept up-to-date.

Protecting Your Smartphone

Browsing the web has never been easier – it's all at your fingertips. Smartphones let you surf, shop or bank wherever you are. Make sure your information stays secure while you're on the move by following these smartphone-safe browsing tips:

Activate your phone's password feature, which locks the screen and prevents anyone but you from accessing your phone. Set up the password feature on your phone with a code that only you know.
Don't connect to unknown networks through Wi-Fi hotspots to make financial transactions.

Beware of smishing – that's phishing on phones through text messages. Never download media or images, or click on text-message links that come from unrecognizable people or phone numbers. Never provide personal details or any account details using any form of electronic messaging because this is not a secure form of communication. If you are unsure, please contact us.

Download apps exclusively from the official source for your smartphone's platform, such as the Android, Apple or BlackBerry stores.

Install anti-virus software for your smartphone when available and update it frequently.
Install location finding applications, which work with your phone's built-in GPS. These applications allow you to locate and/or remotely erase (or "wipe") data in your phone if it is lost or stolen.

Update your smartphone's operating system as soon as newer versions are available.

Wi-Fi & E-Shopping

These days, everyone is on the go and it's not uncommon to access Wi-Fi at coffee shops, hotels, restaurants or airports. Using wireless networks to access information is convenient, but not risk-free. Be smart when you surf. Protect yourself from threats by:

Using only a trusted computer to access your online banking. Don't use shared library or café computers.
  • Managing your online banking only from secure networks. We recommend that you don't use unsecured public networks for anything sensitive.
  • Connecting only to password-protected networks. If there are several networks available, ask employees of the organization which network they operate.
  • Never leaving your computer unattended, especially if you are logged into your online banking.
  • Using different PACs and security questions as login credentials. If someone obtains your credentials for one site, such as a social networking site, you don't want them to be able to access your other ones.
  • Ensuring you log out before you close your browsers.


Shopping Online

Online shopping is the epitome of convenience. There are no lines and no crowds, but it can also be a haven for fraudsters. Consider the following tips when using your credit cards online to ensure your information stays secure:

  • Make sure that you are shopping at a trusted retailer when you enter your credit card details online.
  • Provide retailers with only the necessary details to complete the transaction. These include your credit card number, expiry date, the security code on the back of the credit card and the card's billing address. Never provide your social insurance number, account details or your mother's maiden name. For shopping sites that require you to register with a username and password, we recommend you do not use your online banking PAC.
  • Use your credit cards only on e-commerce websites that use secure browsing technology on the screens where you enter your card information. Ensure the web address begins with 'https' (as opposed to 'http') and has a closed padlock icon on the screen.
  • Ensure that smaller retailers requesting credit card details have reputable contact details, a physical address and you feel comfortable with providing them your card information.
  • Never give your account or credit card details to anyone on eBay or Craigslist

Review our Mobile Wallet Terms of Use Expand/Collapse

Introduction

These Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern your use of any eligible Credit Union debit card (“Card”) when you add or keep your Card in a mobile wallet (“Wallet”) for use on any eligible device (“Device”) that supports the use of the Wallet.

Please read these Terms carefully. If you add or activate your Card for use in a Wallet, it means that you accept and agree to these Terms. In these Terms, "you" and "your" means each Credit Union member who has been issued a Credit Union Card. "We", "us", and "our" mean Credit Union.

Other Documents and Agreements

These Terms are in addition to, and supplement, all other agreements between Credit Union and Member regarding Credit Union’s products and services. If there is any conflict or inconsistency between these Terms and the other agreements, then these Terms will take priority and govern with respect to the Wallet service.

You understand that your use of the Wallet will also be subject to agreements or terms of use with the relevant Wallet Provider (“Wallet Provider”) and other third parties (such as your wireless carrier and the websites and services of other third parties integrated with the Wallet).

Use of Cards in the Wallet

If you want to add a Card to a Wallet, you must follow the procedures adopted by the Wallet provider, any instructions provided by us, and any further procedures the Wallet provider or we adopt. You understand that we may not add a Card to a Wallet if we cannot verify the Card, if your account is not in good standing, if we suspect that there may be fraud associated with your Card or for any other reason we determine at our sole discretion. The Wallet allows you to make purchases using your Card wherever that Wallet is accepted. Wallets may not be accepted at all places where your Card is accepted.

Removal, Blocking, or Suspension of Card

We may not permit the addition of a Card to a Wallet, or we may remove, suspend or cancel your access to a Wallet at any time, if we cannot verify the Card, if we suspect that there may be fraud associated with the use of the Card, if your account is not in good standing, if applicable laws change, or for any other reason we determine at our sole discretion.

You may suspend, delete or reactivate a Card from a Wallet by following the Wallet Provider’s procedures for suspension, deletion or reactivation. In certain circumstances, your Card may be suspended or removed from the Wallet by the Wallet Provider.


Maximum Dollar Limit
Payment networks, merchants or we may establish transaction limits from time to time in their or our discretion. As a result, you may be unable to use a Wallet to complete a transaction that exceeds these limits.

Applicable Fees

We do not charge you any fees for adding a Card to the Wallet. Please consult your Card agreement for any applicable fees or other charges associated with your Card.

Your mobile service carrier or provider, Wallet Provider or other third parties may charge you service fees in connection with your use of your Device or the Wallet.

Security

You must contact us immediately if your Card is lost or stolen, if your Device is lost or stolen, or if your Card account is compromised. If you get a new Device, you must delete all your Card and other personal information from your prior Device.

You are required to contact us immediately if there are errors or if you suspect fraud with your Card. We will resolve any potential error or fraudulent purchase in accordance with the applicable account agreement.

You agree to protect and keep confidential your Wallet Provider ID and passwords. If you share these credentials with others, they may be able to access a Wallet and make purchases with your Card or obtain your personal information.

Before using a Wallet, you should ensure that only your credentials are registered on your Device as these will then be considered authorized to make transactions related to your Card. If the credentials of another person are used to unlock your Device or make transactions, these transactions will be deemed to be authorized by you.

You are prohibited from using a Wallet on a Device that you know or have reason to believe has had its security or integrity compromised (e.g. where the Device has been "rooted" or had its security mechanisms bypassed).

The Wallet Provider is responsible for the security of information provided to them or stored in the Wallet

Liability for Loss

You are solely responsible for all account transactions made using your Card processed through a Wallet. You are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the account information you enter into the Wallet. Only the individual member whose name is associated with the Card should add the Card to a Wallet.

Privacy

You consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information from time to time as provided in our privacy policy, which is available on our website. We may share with or receive from the Wallet Provider such information as may reasonably be necessary to determine your eligibility for, enrollment in and use of a Wallet or its features you may select (for example, your name and details such as Card number and expiry date).

The Wallet Provider may aggregate your information or make it anonymous for the purposes set out in its privacy policy or terms of use. To help protect you and us from error and criminal activities, we and The Wallet Provider may share information reasonably required for such purposes as fraud detection and prevention (for example, informing the Wallet Provider if you notify us of a lost or stolen Device).

Communications

You agree to receive communications from us, including emails to the email address or text message to the mobile number you have provided in connection with your Card account. These communications will relate to your use of your Card(s) in the Wallet. You agree to update your contact information when it changes by contacting us. You may also contact us if you wish to withdraw your consent to receive these communications but doing so may result in your inability to continue to use your Card(s) in the Wallet.

No Warranty and Exclusion of Liability

For the purpose of this Section, “Credit Union” means Credit Union and its agents, contractors, and service providers, and each of their respective subsidiaries. The provisions set out in this section shall survive termination of these Terms.


The Wallet service is provided by the Wallet Provider, and Credit Union is not responsible for its use or function. You acknowledge and agree that Credit Union makes no representations, warranties or conditions relating to the Wallet of any kind, and in particular, Credit Union does not warrant: (a) the operability or functionality of the Wallet or that the Wallet will be available to complete a transaction; (b) that any particular merchant will be a participating merchant at which payments with the Wallet are available; (c) that the Wallet will meet your requirements or that the operation of the Wallet will be uninterrupted or error-free; and (d) the availability or operability of the wireless networks of any Device.

Credit Union will have no liability whatever in relation to the Wallet, including without limitation in relation to the sale, distribution or use thereof, or the performance or non-performance of the Wallet, or any loss, injury or inconvenience you suffer. You may want to consider keeping your physical Card with you to use in the event you cannot make Wallet transactions.

Changes to the Terms of Use

We may change these Terms, or the agreements associated with the use of your Card with the Wallet. You agree to any changes to these Terms or agreement(s) associated with the use of your Card or account by your continued use of your Card with the Wallet. If you do not accept the revised Terms or agreement(s), you must delete your Card from the Wallet.

Contacting Us

You may contact us about anything concerning your Card or these Terms by calling the phone number found on our website.

If you have any questions or complaints about the Wallet, or disputes with the Wallet Provider, you should contact the Wallet provider.

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