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Tips to Protect Yourself from Fake Check Scams

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[6/17/2022] Fake Check Scams As the pandemic continues and as inflation continues to increase, fraud will continue to rise with it. One of the methods fraudster use is known as a fake check scam. In a fake check scam, fraudsters will issue you a check or money order worth more than the amount owed to you and instruct you to wire the excess funds back to them before receiving your lump sum payment. After you have sent the money, you find out that the check or money order is fake. Some scams involve payment for a new job, overpayment for something sold online, or “prize money” from a lottery or sweepstakes that you have “won”. Regardless of the situation, the scammer’s goal is always the same, try to convince you to deposit the fraudulent check or money order and then send some of the money back. Real life scenario: A fraudster emailed the victim saying he found her resume online and after an “interview” conducted over a texting platform, she was “hired”. The new boss needed her to buy a computer and told her he was going to send her a check for $1,900. The victim thought this was legitimate and deposited the check into her account. The money showed up in her account with no problem (so she thought). The boss then instructed her to send payment to an individual via Zelle for payment of the new computer. The victim knew the money was gone, but assumed it was their money to lose and did not suspect any foul play. What she did not realize was the money was never really there. The job was fake, the check was worthless, and ultimately bounced, leaving the victim overdrawn and liable for the amount overdrawn. Federal law requires financial institutions to make some portion of the check funds available immediately (Regulation CC), even before the check clears. However that does not mean that the check cannot come back and reverse. This is why you should be careful when depositing checks from individuals unknown to you. How to protect yourself: If you are suspicious about a check you received, ask yourself:

  • Is the check for more than you expected?
  • Did you receive specific instructions on how to deposit the check?
  • Are you asked to send money back using an immediate form of payment such as, a money order, gift card, wire transfer, or mobile payment?
  • Are you directed to act quickly to make the deposit and return the money?
  • Does the person who sent the check keep asking when you’re going to send the money?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, don’t deposit the check. Be aware: It can take weeks for a bank to confirm a bad check after it’s deposited and you may be out the amount of the check and any money sent to the scammer.

JA Discovery Center Gwinnett

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[5/12/2022] PromiseOne Bank team had a great time volunteering with Junior Achievement of Georgia at their Discovery Center in Gwinnett. Our dedicated volunteers assisted Jordan Middle school student through the rare opportunity to experience their personal financial futures first-hand. Volunteers assisted students in an immersive simulation that enabled the students to develop skills to successfully navigate todays complex economic environment and discover how decisions today can impact tomorrow. It was fun working with the students and sharing our financial knowledge that the students can utilize as they plan for the future! PromiseOne Bank will be planning future events and will continue support for our community!

PromiseOne Bank Mobile App

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E-Statement

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Shredding Event

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Shredding Event

  • May 14, 2022 (Sat) 10am - 12pm
  • PromiseOne Bank, Duluth Branch Parking Lot (2385 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA 30096)
  • by Appointment only: Call (678) 722-8068

COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT

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Security Tips

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[12/02/2021] Security Tips The holidays are upon us, the most magical – and sometimes the most hectic and stressful – season of all. Don’t let security threats and scams ruin your holiday jeer. With most consumers planning on doing the majority of their holiday shopping online, fraudsters know ‘tis the season to commit fraud. Unfortunately, cybercriminals take full advantage of the holiday hustle and bustle. Here are some tips to stay safe during the holiday season:

  1. Do your online shopping from home or on a trusted network. Connecting to public wifi allows fraudsters the opportunity to intercept your personal information. If you cannot wait to get home to make a purchase, use your mobile service provider’s internet connection as opposed to a public wifi as available at most retailers.
  2. Be aware of phishing attempts. Watch out for fraudulent emails and text messages that appear to be from legitimate sources. Fake shipping notices, offers “too good to be true” and phony fraud warnings that fraudsters use to trick consumers into providing sensitive information or could infect your computer and/or mobile device.
  3. Monitor your bank account. Review transactions for legitimacy. If you see anything suspicious, notify your Bank right away.
  4. Use trusted vendors and apps. Be sure to make your purchases from established and trusted vendors. Watch for links or sites that redirect you to another site.
  5. Create unique passwords and do not save sensitive information on your phone. Never store secure information such as passwords, social security numbers, or banking information on your phone.
Protecting your privacy is our highest priority. By increasing your awareness, you can help avoid becoming the victim of cybersecurity and identity theft issues. We hope all our customer’s have a happy and healthy holiday season.

We Are HIRING!

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We Are HIRING !

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Happy New Year

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SBA PPP Forgiveness Application

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Dear SBA PPP Borrower,   Please note that we are now accepting the PPP Forgiveness Application through the website link below:  

  For any inquiries, please email us at pppforgiveness@promiseone.bank and we will try to get back to you as soon as we can.   Thank you!