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Free Online Education on Cyber Security Offered by TCF Bank: Addresses Consumers’ Fears and Concerns about Financial Insecurity Following Recent Retail Information Breaches

In an era where Internet thieves can steal your credit card information directly from retail card readers or lure online shoppers into unknowingly providing personal information, becoming more financially literate and informed has never been more important. Responding to growing consumer requests and the need to help people become smarter about managing their personal financial information, TCF Bank is offering a non-commercial online financial education curriculum free to all consumers through March 10 and will open selected modules of the program in future months.

“When it comes to safeguarding your personal finances, knowledge isn’t just power – it’s protection,” said Tom Jasper, Vice Chairman TCF Financial Corporation. “This is especially true in today’s complex digital environment with many options to shop with retailers. Understanding how to keep personal information safe and secure can help protect consumers from fraud.”

The TCF Bank Financial Learning Center (www.mymoney.tcflearning.com), powered by EverFi, a leading independent financial literacy program provider, offers a highly-engaging, interactive module on cyber security as part of a broad range of practical information about personal finance. Along with guidance on how to monitor your credit and help avoid identity theft, TCF Bank Financial Learning Center topics include savings and investments, mortgages, overdrafts, insurance and protection, and financing higher education. To get started, consumers simply create a custom username and password, login and start the program.

“Card hacking is one of many serious issues fueling financial insecurity among consumers today,” Jasper said. “As monthly bills come due, many consumers need help figuring out the best ways to pay down debt while staying on top of their other expenses. The TCF Bank Financial Learning Center is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to sharpen their financial IQ.”

About TCF Financial Corporation

TCF Financial Corporation is a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national bank holding company with $18.4 billion in total assets at December 31, 2013. The company has over 420 branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and South Dakota, providing retail and commercial banking services. TCF, through its subsidiaries, also conducts commercial leasing and equipment finance business in all 50 states, commercial inventory finance business in the U.S. and Canada, and indirect auto finance business in over 40 states. For more information about TCF, please visit tcfbank.com.

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