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Equifax Security BreachSept 11, 2017

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, Inc. announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million US Customers. Based on the Equifax, Inc. investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from Mid-May through July of 2017. Litchfield Bancorp strongly encourages our customers to visit equifaxsecurity2017.com to determine if your information has been potentially impacted and to see updates on what steps Equifax is taking to protect anyone affected by this breach. You may also contact Equifax by phone at 1-866-447-7559 (toll-free) everyday, including weekends, from 7:00AM to 1:00 AM Eastern Time. Equifax is offering credit file monitoring and identity theft protection free to US customers for one year. Information on this offering will also be found at equifaxsecurity2017.com

Lt. Col. Robert Darling, Speaker at 7th Annual CMHC Business Breakfast EventMay 25, 2017
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling (retired) and Paul McLaughlin of Litchfield Bancorp

(Torrington, CT) - Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling, a retired Marine and author of 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker: 9/11/01 The White House, spoke on Thursday, May 18, 2017 to a group of local bankers, business people and elected officials at the 7th Annual Connecticut Mutual Holding Company Business Breakfast held at Chatterley's Banquet Facility in Torrington.

Lt. Col. Darling, or as he preferred to be called, Bob entertained the audience by telling many unknown stories of the events that took place during those first tragic hours on September 11, 2001 from his point of view from the President's Emergency Operations Center (the Bunker) that morning. Throughout the event, Bob had the audience experience many emotions as they listened to his stories.

After the keynote speaker, a name was drawn to choose a United Way agency to receive a monetary donation from the Banks within The Connecticut Mutual Holding Company: Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank and Collinsville Savings Society.

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Litchfield Bancorp announces Peter Aziz as member of its Board of DirectorsFeb 16, 2017

Litchfield Bancorp has announced the election of Peter Aziz to Litchfield Bancorp’s Board of Director’s as of January 2017.

Mr. Aziz is the President and owner of Bantam Home & Energy, a company he joined in 1988, before becoming president in 2006. In 2006, Bantam Home & Energy was one of the first in the region to introduce Bioheat Heating Oil, which is now widely used throughout the state of Connecticut. Under Peter’s leadership, the company has become a leader in the energy industry by embracing green fuels early on and has led company expansion through its offerings to include propane, air conditioning, plumbing, smart home controls and more.

"We welcome Peter to our board and look forward to working together to sustain and grow our bank. As a small business owner he brings a wealth of experience to the board and as a community leader, he helps broaden our reach in our Litchfield Market," said Thomas J. Villanova, President and Chief Executive Officer of Litchfield Bancorp.

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Paul McLaughlin elected to the Board of Directors for McCall Center for Behavioral HealthJan 1, 2017

The McCall Center for Behavioral Health has announced the election of Paul McLaughlin to its Board of Directors as of January 2017.

Paul McLaughlin is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Litchfield Bancorp, the same community bank he started with 25 years ago and is an avid member of the community in Northwest Connecticut.

"I am thrilled that Paul has joined our Board of Directors. We are so grateful that he will be directing his boundless energy to furthering the mission of McCall," said Maria Coutant Skinner, Executive Director of McCall Center for Behavioral Health. Maria continued to say, "His commitment to helping our neighbors find hope in their journey will no doubt have wonderful benefits to our agency, as well as the broader community."

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Holiday Phishing and Malware Alert!Dec 1, 2016

The US Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has released a statement reminding individuals to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season.

Fraudulent seasonal campaigns put cardholders at risk for security breaches, identity theft and financial loss. Examples of these campaigns are:

  • Ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links.
  • Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments.
  • Spoofed email messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, users are encouraged to take the following actions:

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • File a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
  • Report the attack to the police and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

If you have any questions about your account, please call or visit one of our branch locations for assistance.

Debit Card Fraud Alert Notification.Nov 30, 2016

It has come to our attention that a few of our Litchfield Bancorp Debit Card holders have experienced fraudulent activity on their accounts. The erroneous charges happened in Texas, Las Vegas Nevada, New York, and New Jersey. We are continuing to vigilantly monitor the situation.

In order to best protect you, we may need to put a hold on your debit card for up to 48 hours if we notice out of the ordinary charges occurring or charges that occur in any of our “hot spot” areas noted above.

We need your help in preventing unwanted holds on your account and also to detect fraudulent activity early. Please…

  1. Notify Litchfield Bancorp of any out of state travel plans, so we don’t put a hold on your account when charges occur outside of your normal local activity.
  2. Check your Litchfield Bancorp accounts regularly via Online Banking or our Mobile App and report any fraudulent transactions immediately to one of our branch managers.
  3. Remember, Litchfield Bancorp will never ask you for your account number or password via email or via telephone. If you get an email or a phone call from someone claiming to be a Litchfield Bancorp employee asking for this type of personal information note that it is probably an attempt at ID Theft. Please report such incidences to the bank immediately and of course do not release any private information.

Thank you for being a part of our Litchfield Bancorp family – if you have any questions or concerns about your accounts please don’t hesitate to stop into your local branch or give us a call.

Your Litchfield Bancorp Debit Mastercard® is about to become more secure.Feb 19, 2016

Strong account security with chip cards

Your Litchfield Bancorp Debit MasterCard® will soon feature a tiny microprocessor in the card. Using your new chip card in a chip-enabled terminal creates unique data for that transaction, providing an extra layer of protection for your account. Your new Debit MasterCard® with the chip brings this additional security at no cost to you.

Easy to use

Retailers are installing chip-enabled terminals at their cash registers where your chip card can be used easily and securely. Simply insert your chip card into the slot at the bottom, leaving your card in the terminal until the transaction is approved and completed. After the transaction completes, you will then remove your card. You can use your Debit MasterCard® with the chip for signature and PIN transactions. Plus, if you travel internationally, chip cards are accepted and preferred in over 130 countries worldwide!

And the Winner is…Jan 28, 2016

"Every Customer Counts" and so does Every Employee - especially here at Litchfield Bancorp.

Today we'd like to share with you an amazing employee story. Susan Dickinson, Assistant Vice President & Lakeville Office Branch Manager started with Litchfield Bancorp in 2004, and although her career started at another bank, she has worked her way through the ranks starting as a bookkeeper, teller, and eventually becoming branch manager.

Susan recently received the "New Leaders in Banking" award given by the Connecticut Bankers Association and Connecticut Banking Magazine. To be considered, nominees need to be outstanding employees AND make a notable impact within their bank and community. For those who may not know, Susan is also the President of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce and donates countless hours of her time to the local community. In 2013, she received the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow Award for her service to the community.

Susan was presented with the award on January 14th during a ceremony at Mohegan Sun. "This award means so much to me because it confirms the ongoing support and encouragement that I receive from the leadership at the bank, including Paul McLaughlin, Chief Operating Officer, Tom Villanova, President & CEO of Litchfield Bancorp, and Don Mayland, Chairman of Litchfield Bancorp's Board of Directors "says Susan.

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