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The Social Security Check Will NOT Be in the Mail (After February)

If you currently receive a Social Security check in the mail each month, you will need to choose an electronic payment method by March 1, 2013. The Treasury Department is phasing out paper checks and will now require federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically. There are two options: Direct Deposit to a bank account or a Direct Express Debit MasterCard card account. Electronic payments are faster and safer than traditional paper checks. The money is deposited and available on payment day and there are no lost or stolen checks or mail delays to worry about.

To sign up for either option, go online 24/7 at www.godirect.org, or contact the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795, Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. For faster service when calling, it is recommended to call mid-month, avoiding Wednesdays. You will need to have your 12-digit federal benefit check number and the amount of your last benefit check available. For Direct Deposit, also have the checking or savings account number and the financial institution's routing transit number. If you are an account holder at First Community Bank and Trust, one of our customer service representatives will be happy to help you make the switch.  

If you do not choose one of the options by March 1, you may automatically receive your payments via the Direct Express card. If you already receive your federal benefit payments electronically, this change will not affect you.

About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 99 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.

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Press Contact:
Steven D. Koehn, VP
First Community Bank and Trust
(708) 946-2246