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From monthly archives: January 2018

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Seven Tips to Prevent Tax ID Fraud

As the 2018 tax season gets underway, we’re urging our clients to take extra precaution when filing their return to prevent their exposure to tax fraud. “Fraudsters are using very clever tactics to get a hold of your personal information and submit false tax claims,” said Marc Ashworth CISSP, CISM, CRISC, Vice President, Information Security Manager for First Bank. “Consumers must be suspicious of any communication from the IRS through email, text, telephone or social media that requests personal information, and should keep a watchful eye out for missing W-2s and mail containing sensitive financial information.” Tax identity fraud takes place when a criminal files a false tax return using a stolen Social Security number in order to fraudulently claim the refund. Identity thieves generally file false claims early in the year and victims are unaware until they file a return and learn one has already been filed in their name. During this tax season, we’re offering th ...

Let’s Get Financially Fit in 2018!

We’re well into the new year…where are you with your resolutions? Are you staying on track or have you started? Either way, it’s never too late to assess your goals. Whether it’s fitness or finance, having a plan and sticking to it is the best way to ensure you’ll meet your goals. If your resolution is financial fitness, you’ve come to the right place. First Bank’s team of professionals are ready to help answer your questions and help you get your finances in tip-top shape. Let’s get started. Organize all of your bills (both automatic payment and paper) and arrange them by due date. It’s hard to know what we have to work with if we don’t know where our hard-earned money is going each month. If you’re not already using automatic bill pay within our online banking system, take this time to set it up. This will help to avoid any late payment fees. This is also a great time to sign up to receive e-statements if you’re still receiving paper! ...



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