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Fulton Financial selects First Date, STAR Network

January 22, 2006

LANCASTER, Pa.-

First Data Corp. recently announced it has signed an agreement to renew STAR Network access and ATM driving for Lancaster-based Fulton Financial Corporation at more than 230 locations throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.

Bank customers can find the STAR logo on ATMs and debit cards issued through Fulton Financial Corporation's community banks, including Hagerstown Trust, Hagerstown.

The STAR Network is now the primary network for ATM and PIN-secured debit access for Fulton Financial Corporation's approximately 250,000 ATM and debit cards. As a coast-to-coast electronic payments network and an expert in secure, real-time electronic transactions, the STAR Network connects Fulton Financial Corporation customers with their cash at ATM and retail locations, according to a prepared release. It also provides access to various national and international ATM and point-of-sale networks, the release says.

First Data also will continue providing ATM processing services for all of Fulton Financial Corporation's 235 ATMs.

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"A renewed agreement with an important and long-time client reflects the value First Data brings to Fulton Financial Corporation and each of its debit cardholders," Debra Janssen, president of First Data Debit Services, said in the release.

"Fulton Financial Corporation is pleased to renew its relationship with STAR and First Data," Eileen Quinn, Senior Vice President, E-Commerce Services, Fulton Financial Corporation, said in the release. "We're committed to consistent and ever-improving quality of service, and we're confident in the ability of the STAR Network to provide our customers with reliable, convenient and secure access to their funds."

Fulton Financial Corporation has been a STAR Network member for approximately 20 years. First Data also provides Fulton Financial Corporation with credit card and merchant processing services.

First Data Corp. serves 4.1 million merchant locations, 1,500 card issuers and millions of consumers, according to a prepared release.

Fulton Financial Corporation is a $12.3 billion regional financial holding company with headquarters in Lancaster. It provides a variety of financial services through 14 affiliate banks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.

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