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Phishing: Don't Take The Bait

Phishing is when you get emails, texts, or calls that seem to be from companies or people you know. But they're actually from scammers. They want you to click on a link or give personal information (like a password) so that they can steal your money or identity, and maybe get access to your computer. The fraudsters often pressure victims to act quickly by saying something bad will happen if they do not comply.

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Username and Password Best Practices

When choosing a username and password, keep these best practices in mind to protect your identity. 

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Money

How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money? If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime.

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8 Financial Tips for College Freshmen

For many young adults, college is the first time they are in control of the majority of their finances. As freshmen across the country embark on their new adventure, we have highlighted eight tips to help ease their transition to financial independence. Striking the balance between spending and saving can be particularly hard when you are focused on everything else that comes with college life, but it is important to keep a close watch on your spending habits from day one. There’s no better time than the first year of college to establish good money habits and take control of your financial future.

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7 Ways to Prepare for Weather Related Disasters

With the brutal winter season fast approaching, we are encouraging customers to adequately prepare for the season by assessing their home’s risk and developing emergency plans to protect against a potential storm.

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Tips to Avoid Fake Check Scams

There is a growing threat of fake check scams and the steps consumers can take to protect themselves. Checks may seem like a relic of the past, but according to the most recent Federal Reserve Payments study, banks process nearly 18 billion checks annually. And, according to data from both the banking industry and government agencies, check fraud is on the rise.

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7 Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Count

More than 70 percent of the nation’s taxpayers received a tax refund averaging nearly $3,000 in 2019, according to the Internal Revenue Service, and it is anticipated they will get a similar amount this year. As Americans receive their refunds, we have highlighted seven tips to help customers use the money wisely.

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Don't Take the Bait: Phishing Threat Tips

We want to help educate consumers on the growing threat of phishing. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report victims lost nearly $30 million due to phishing scams in 2017 compared to $8 million just two years earlier. 

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To Buy or Not to Buy: 5 Questions to Consider Before Purchasing Your First Home

Five questions first-time buyers should consider before purchasing a home. We encourage consumers to consider these questions before beginning your housing quest.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

We all know the importance of a credit score and want to provide tips on how to improve your credit score.

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