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CENTURA INTRODUCES DEBIT CARD CALLED POCKET CHECK

 ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Centura Bank (NYSE: CBC) announced today the introduction of the Pocket Check, which combines the convenience of a debit card with an automated teller machine card.
 A customer who uses the Pocket Check can make purchases at any merchant that accepts VISA and the money will be deducted from his or her checking account. The Pocket Check also acts as an ATM card, performing any function at an ATM as before.
 "The Pocket Check is the ATM card that works like a check," said Jim Evans, vice president in the bank's Retail Lending division. "The card is designed to be more convenient that checks or cash, and to allow customers to make purchases away from home without having to produce multiple forms of identification."
 Centura will introduce the Pocket Check in October with a mailing to selected checking account customers. The Pocket Check will be available to any qualified cusotmer Nov. 1.
 The Pocket Check offers many convenient features for customers:
 -- Access to checking account without checkbook.
 -- Acceptance at more than 10 million merchants worldwide.
 -- Access to cash at more than 362,000 VISA member branches, 110,000
 VISA ATMS, 40,000 Honor and Cirrus network ATMS and more than 80
 Centura 24 Hour Banking machines across the state.
 -- Elimination of the slow check approval process.
 -- A detailed monthly statement summarizing all purchases.
 -- Greater security against loss or theft.
 With more than $3.2 billion in assets, Centura Banks Inc., offers a broad range of financial services through its subsidiaries, Centura Bank and Mid-South Bank and Trust Co. It operates 136 branches in 79 communities throughout North Carolina.
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 /CONTACT: A. Douglas Haynes, Director of Marketing, Centura Banks Inc., 919-977-8429/
 (CBC)


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