Imposter scams occur when criminals pretend to be someone you know and trust, such as a government agency, a financial institution or even a friend or family member. According to the Federal Trade Commission, imposter scams are on the rise. There is an increased likelihood that you will be contacted by an imposter, however, with a little education and prevention, you can keep from becoming a victim.
The holiday season is a prime time for hackers, scammers, and online thieves. Due to the pandemic, this holiday season may look and feel a bit different, but we all still need to be aware of the potential dangers online shopping can bring and the ways we can protect ourselves. While millions of Americans will be online looking for the best gifts and Cyber Monday deals, hackers will be looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers by searching for weaknesses in their devices or internet connections or attempting to extract personal and financial information through fake websites or charities.
Sheffield, Ala.− Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Bank Independent has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2020. This marks the second year in a row this prestigious honor was awarded to the Bank.
Sheffield, Ala.− Wednesday, September 28, 2020 – Bank Independent has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For in Alabama. This annual program is in its eleventh year - created by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group.
Sheffield, Ala.− Thursday, June 25, 2020 – Bank Independent has been recognized as part of Forbes’ annual nationwide list of America’s Best-In-State Banks 2020 and ranks number 1 in the State of Alabama. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on June 25, 2020 and can currently be viewed on the Forbes website.
Sheffield, Ala.− Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Bank Independent has been named the 2019 Large Business of the Year in the Shoals Chamber Business Excellence Awards. Bank Independent was nominated and chosen among a field of six local businesses employing more than 50 employees. The Large Business of the Year award recognizes a business that has a significant impact on the Shoals area through community efforts and economic growth.
Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. With the added convenience of these digital tools comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrime victim.
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We have been observing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) every October, as a nation, since 2003. As technology and online resources have grown, so have the concerns that impact cybersecurity across the nation. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) works diligently to provide educational materials to help individuals and organizations take proactive steps to to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
Sheffield, Alabama – Monday, September 21, 2020 – Students, staff and faculty were invited to attend the grand opening of the Bank Independent Tiger Branch on the campus of Deshler High School in Tuscumbia, Alabama on Friday, September 18th. This newly created, student-operated bank office is part of a groundbreaking financial literacy partnership between the Tuscumbia Schools System and Bank Independent.
Times of crisis can bring out the best in people. Communities step up to take care of one another’s needs, resources are pooled, and good things get done. Unfortunately, times of crisis can also bring out the worst in some people. Criminals and unscrupulous people use situations like the current Coronavirus crisis to take advantage of their victims.