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7 Tips to Prevent Tax ID Fraud

As tax season gets underway, the American Bankers Association is urging all consumers 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,” says the ABA. “Consumers more

Monitoring Your Credit Can Help Protect Your Identity

To make it even easier for our customers to monitor their credit, our Premier Checking account offers ID Protect®1, an identity theft and fraud assistance program that provides credit monitoring and free credit reports. Our complete IDProtect® service includes: 3-in-1 Credit File MonitoringIDProtect® will monitor your Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit files more

Are You Keeping Up with Your Financial Fitness?

Taking care of your physical health is extremely important, but it’s also beneficial to keep up with your financial fitness. Your financial fitness determines how much your financial status impacts your day-to-day life, how on track you are towards achieving your financial goals, and if you’re able to cover emergency more

Cyber Security Tips to Increase Data Privacy

Data Privacy Week occurs each year from January 21 – January 27. It is an international effort to create awareness about digital data privacy while educating citizens on how to manage their personal information and keep it secure. Here are some helpful tips to increase your digital safety and protect more

How to Winterize Your Home

Taking proper precautions against winter conditions is an important step for homeowners to take. Not only will you be able to enjoy the snow with your loved ones, but you’ll also have the peace of mind knowing your home is protected from any disasters that winter may throw your way. Check more

Understanding IRAs and Taxes

Are you saving for the future? Individual retirement accounts are a common way to put money aside for your retirement years. However, do you understand the difference between traditional and Roth IRAs and how these accounts can affect your taxes? Let's break down how IRAs function and how they can more

Top Budgeting Myths

Creating a budget is one of the best financial decisions you can make for yourself and your loved ones. Not only does a budget help you determine and reach your long-term goals, it will also help you manage your day-to-day spending and gain control over your finances.  Even so, starting the more

Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Did you know? Generally, pipes that are exposed to outdoor temperatures freeze more readily, such as hose bibs, swimming pool lines and water sprinkler lines. Pipes that run along exterior walls in the home with minimal insulation also tend to freeze more easily. Use the following recommendations from First Mid Insurance Group more

Fraud Education – Holiday Shopping Scams

The holiday season brings joy and merriment along with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping. Restaurants are packed with friends and family get-togethers and stores are filled with busy shoppers. Unfortunately, scammers get busy during the holidays, too. In recent years, online shopping has represented a significant percentage of more