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  • Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

    The internet is a powerful resource that many have come to depend on for everyday activities like shopping, banking, and connecting with friends.  Yet, for all the internet’s advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams.  According to Symantec, 12 adults become a victim of cybercrime every second. Standard
  • Beware of Lottery Scams

      According to the FBI, in 2014 consumers lost more than $8 million to solicitation scams promising instant wealth and grand prize earnings. These scams, commonly referred to as the “advance fee,” “lottery” or “sweepstake” scam, involve fraudsters issuing counterfeit checks and fake award letters to consumers who have allegedly won a lottery or sweepstake
  • Advice to Help Older Americans Avoid Financial Fraud

    People over 50 years old control over 70 percent of the nation’s wealth and fraudsters are finding new tactics to take advantage of the growing number of older Americans.  Bank employees are trained to identify red flags commonly associated with financial abuse, from unusual recent withdrawals to a new person accompanying the older customer to
  • Reverse Mortgage Tips

    Beware when searching for a Reverse Mortgage lender. While there are many options for you to apply for a loan, be sure to do your homework before you sign anything. Take along a trusted advisor or family member to be your advocate if the information seems overwhelming. They can ask the lender important questions on
  • Reverse Mortgage Terminology

    Many older Americans want to remain in their homes as they grow older, also known as aging in place. However, there are costs to consider when aging in place. You must consider home modifications, transportation, and in-home medical care just to name a few. One way to pay for these costs and stay in your
  • 6 To-Do Items in Your New Home

    Did you just recently move into your new home or apartment? Now that you are getting settled, there are still several items to check off your to-do list. 1. Create a budget. The key to a good budget is including as much information as you can so that you can adequately prepare and plan. First, it’s
  • Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

    Looking for a new place to live? Consumers should be mindful of the critical impact credit scores can have on their housing options. An important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history. A strong credit score can open doors to better homes and lower
  • 10 Tips to Green Your Home and Save Money

    Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, chances are you care about protecting the environment – and saving money. Here are some tips from Standard Bank and Trust Co. to help you do both. Location, location, location efficiency. First of all, carefully consider the location of your home. If you’re close to work, shopping and entertainment,
  • 6 Steps to Save for Your Down Payment

    How much money will you need for a down payment on your home? What is the best way to save? Follow these six noteworthy tips to help you get started.
  • Banking Tips for Millennials

    Millennials are digital natives who understand the importance of staying connected socially, staying connected to their bank can help their finances as they encounter life’s many milestones. From enhanced mobile resources to free budgeting tools, banks offer a variety of products and services to complement millennials’ lifestyles and ease their worries as they prepare to