Last Updated April 14th, 2021.
Austin Telco's Response to the New Mask Mandate
Governor Greg Abbott announced an order to lift the statewide mask mandate. We want to let you know that Austin Telco FCU will continue to require all staff, vendors, members, and visitors to wear masks inside Telco administrative offices and branches. We will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regards to the ongoing pandemic. Our goal is to keep our staff and members safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing whenever possible so that we may continue uninterrupted service to our members.
All lobby services will remain by appointment only. Any member that requests or prefers an in-person appointment to conduct transactions will be promptly accommodated by calling 512-302-5555 during Call Center Hours. Press "0" for a member service representative, and you will be directed to the branch of your choice to set up an appointment.
We strongly advise all members to sign up for Online Banking and download the Austin Telco mobile banking app. You will have easy access to your account including Card Center, Secure Messaging, Bill Pay, and more. The mobile app features mobile deposit allowing you to deposit checks directly to your account.
To download the Austin Telco FCU app, please select your designated app store.
Modified Branch Hours & Temporary Closings
Due to COVID-19 and circumstances beyond our control, there are staffing shortages in some of our branches. This has caused certain locations to be temporarily closed or have modified hours
HWY 290 Drive-Thru
HWY 290 Drive-Thru will have adjusted hours due to staffing.
Monday - Friday: 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Call Center and Drive-Thru Hours
- Lobby services are available by appointment only.
To schedule an in-lobby appointment, call (512) 302-5555 and press "0" to be connected to a member service representative.
*The following lobby locations are not open on Saturday: HWY 290, Jollyville, Shoal Creek, Lakeline, and Louis Henna
- Monday - Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
- Saturday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Call Center Hours and Saturday Hours:
- Monday - Friday: 8:30AM - 3:30PM
- Saturday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Access Your Account
- Online and Mobile Banking: The app gives you easy access to your account and features mobile deposit, secur messaging, card center and more.
To download the Austin Telco FCU app, please select your designated app store below.
- Call Center: To speak with a member service representative, call 512-302-5555 and press "0" to be connected. Monday-Friday: 9:00AM – 3:00PM.
- Drive-thru: Check our locations page to find one near you. (We have 24 locations to serve you.)
- ATMs: Through the ATM Alliance, Austin Telco has over 300+ Free ATMs. Click here to find one near you.
Safety of all Members and Employees
For the safety of all members and employees, please do not request a lobby appointment or use drive-up services if you:
- Have been exposed to, or have been diagnosed with, COVID-19
- Share a household or close relationship with someone who’s been exposed or diagnosed
- Have recently traveled to an area outside the Austin area that has been identified as high-risk
- Are currently exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Scam and Fraud Alerts
Beware Of Scams
Cybercriminals are hard at work exploiting our natural anxiety about the evolving coronavirus situation. Look out for suspicious email and text messages that may impersonate a company, charity, or government agency. The intent is to convince you to share sensitive information. Remember, we will never reach out to you, via phone or email, and ask for confidential information. If you ever have any doubt, hang up and contact us directly.
Cleaning Supply Scams: When Orders Don't Arrive
Scammers have been hard at work, taking advantage of the pandemic that has stricken the US and the shortages of many cleaning supplies in local stores. Because of this, scammers have opened fake businesses online to take in orders of these cleaning supplies and never sending the product.
Always look up websites before buying from them if they sound unfamiliar. Type in their name on a search engine and look for reviews or complaints to understand the business model and always keep copies of product descriptions, price, receipt, and emails between you and the business if you do purchase from them.
To learn more, visit this FTC article.
Coronavirus Stimulus Package Scams
Fraudsters haven't wasted any time with scams related to the coronavirus. In response to the federal stimulus package, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reported that fraudsters have deployed a variety of scams involving coronavirus stimulus checks. The scams target individuals ranging from all ages on social media, phone calls, and text messages in an effort to get their personal information.
It has been reported that one particular scam involves the potential victim receiving a phone call from the fraudster stating that they qualify for a $1,000 to $14,000 coronavirus stimulus payment. However, they will say that a processing fee will need to be paid first. Another scam targets seniors on Facebook, messaging them with a fake link to steal personal information with the false claim that they can apply for grants to help pay medical bills.
Fraudsters may also try to scam victims into giving out account information under the pretense of delivering a direct deposit stimulus check into their account.
Government agencies will never communicate to individuals through social media such as Facebook and Twitter nor will they ever ask for a processing fee to receive a grant. The only official list of all US federal grant-making agencies can be found at www.grants.gov.
As the list of scams continue to grow, we will continue to update this page to keep you informed of the most recent scams.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Cybsersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a list of exploitations by cybercriminals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Click here to see the summary.
Scam Alert Resources
Federal Trade Commision
Trusted Resources on COVID-19
How can you get an SBA loan?
While Austin Telco is not an SBA lender, here's the information about applying for an SBA Disaster Loan.
How can you get an SBA disaster loan?
Where to start: Apply online by filling out the appropriate forms and providing your business’s information. Once you download the forms for your application, check off “economic injury” as your reason for filing. Then follow the instructions and fill in the necessary information. Once you re-upload your application, you can check the status of it at any time by visiting the website.
What you need: Be prepared with some financial information and supporting documentation related to your business, like two to three years of tax returns, last year’s financial statements, a year-to-date financial statement, property leases, and a working knowledge of your business and personal credit score. A full list of supporting documentation can be found at the bottom of your application form.
How long will it take: The average for SBA to issue a Disaster Loan decision is 21 days. Within that time frame, a loan specialist will be in contact with you to figure out the amount and parameters of the SBA disaster loan. Once the loan documents are signed, funds are deposited via ACH within 3 to 5 business days.
Next steps: Stay in touch with your SBA loan representative.
Congress approved the CARES Act to provide economic relief to individuals and businesses facing hardship or economic ruin due to COVID-19. One of the provisions of the act is the waiver of 2020 Required Minimum Distributions from certain retirement plans, which includes IRAs. Please see below answers to common questions:
Q. What types of retirement plans are covered by the 2020 RMD waiver?
A. IRAs (including SIMPLE IRAs and SEP IRAs) and defined contributions plans (such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans) are covered by the 2020 RMD waiver.
Q. Who is eligible for a waiver of the 2020 RMD?
A. IRA owners, including beneficiaries, will not be required to take a 2020 RMD from their IRAs or Inherited IRAs. The RMD waiver also applies to individuals who turned 70½ in 2019 but did not take their RMD before January 1, 2020. The same participants in defined contributions plans are also covered.
Q. What if an IRA owner or beneficiary doesn't want their RMD waived?
A. The CARES Act waives the 2020 RMD, but IRA owners or beneficiaries may always withdraw money from their IRAs or Inherited IRAs as needed. The 2020 RMD waiver simply means that they aren't required to take a minimum distribution in 2020.
Q. What if an IRA owner has already taken his 2020 RMD?
A. If an IRA owner took a distribution in 2020, he may be able to roll over the distribution, but only if it is within 60 days of receiving the distribution, and if all of the other rollover requirements are met.