Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top 5 Holiday Scams To Warn Your Users About

The Top 5 Holiday Scams To Warn Your Users About
CyberheistNews Vol #5 #49 Nov 17, 2015
Stu Sjouwerman This holiday season could be the most wonderful time of year for cyber criminals, according to digital identity company ThreatMetrix. In a new report, the firm reveals that it has detected a 25% jump in attacks.

1. Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials

This time of year, online scams use a variety of lures to get unsuspecting buyers to click on links or open attachments. Bad guys build complete copies of well-known sites, send emails promoting great deals, sell products and take credit card information – but never deliver the goods. Sites that seem to have incredible discounts should be a red flag. Remember that when a "special offer" is too good to be true, it usually is. For instance, never click on links in emails or popups with very deep discount offers for watches, phones or tablets. Go to the website yourself through your browser and check if that offer is legit.

2. Complimentary Vouchers or Gift Cards

A popular holiday scam is big discounts on gift cards. Don't fall for offers from retailers or social media posts that offer phony vouchers or (Starbucks) gift cards paired with special promotions or contests. Some posts or emails even appear to be shared by a friend (who may have been hacked). Develop a healthy dose of skepticism and "Think Before You Click" on offers or attachments with any gift cards or vouchers!

3. Bogus Shipping Notices From UPS and FedEx

You are going to see emails supposedly from UPS and FedEx in your inbox that claim your package has a problem and/or could not be delivered. Many of these are phishing attacks that try to make you click on a link or open an attachment. However, what happens when you do that is that your computer gets infected with a virus or even ransomware which holds all your files hostage until you pay 500 dollars in ransom.

4. Holiday Refund Scams

These emails seem to come from retail chains or e-commerce companies such as Amazon or eBay claiming there's a "wrong transaction" and prompt you to click the refund link. However, when you do that and are asked to fill out a form, the personal information you give out will be sold to cyber criminals who use it against you.

5. Phishing on the Dark Side

A new phishing email has begun circulating that tricks people into thinking they could win movie tickets for the highly-anticipated film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," due out on Dec. 18. However, the email is a phishing attack. Leading up to the film’s release, and shortly after, you need to watch out for this social engineering attack and not fall for the scam. Stay safe online!

BONUS TIP: Never use an insecure public Wi-Fi to shop with your credit card. Only shop with a secure connection at home

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eastland Joins Peoples Bank as Loan Officer

Dennis Ammann, President and Chief Executive Officer at Peoples Bank, today announced that Thomas Eastland has joined the bank and will serve as a Loan Officer in the bank’s new Richland Office.

Eastland brings to Peoples Bank five years of banking experience, having previously being affiliated with Renasant Bank in Madison, Southern Bancorp and M&F Bank. He began his post-college career as a Real Estate Appraiser for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Mortgage Finance. He is also a member of the Class of 2015 at the Barret Graduate School of Banking, conducted at Christian Brothers University, Memphis.

Eastland is a Deacon at Redeemer Church in Jackson and a member of the Rotary Club of North Jackson.

“As we open our new Richland Office, it’s a pleasure to introduce Thomas Eastland to the community,” Ammann said. “Our customers, old and new, will benefit from his commitment to relationship-based banking.”

Becky Sullivan Named Bank Officer

Dennis Ammann, President and Chief Executive Officer at Peoples Bank, today said that Becky Sullivan has been promoted to Bank Officer and will continue her work in the Magee Office.

Ms. Sullivan is a graduate of Prentiss Christian High School and attended William Carey College, majoring in Religion and Psychology.

She is a resident of Pinola where she and her husband, Jason, have one son: Neland, a student at Harris Christian School in Mendenhall. Ms. Sullivan is an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church where she serves as Youth Director, serving on the Youth Council and Church Council Committees. She teaches several classes weekly at the church, continuing her 13-year work in youth ministry. She is also affiliated with the Simpson County Baptist Association Youth Planning Team, Relay For Life Leadership Committee and as Secretary to Peoples Bank’s Board of Directors. Additionally, she was a 2012 graduate of the Simpson County Leadership Development Institute.

“Becky has been an important part of Peoples Bank for many years and is very deserving of her new title.” Ammann said, “She works on a wide variety of projects for management and the Board of Directors, and always exceeds our expectations.  Her new title is more indicative of the important work she does.”

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Angel Wings Donation

Peoples Bank’s Run for the Money does more than just generate a crowd for Mendenhall in May and promote physical activity. This year the race provided much needed funding for Angel Wings Outreach Center.
Angel Wings is a Simpson County domestic violence service providing help for women dealing with domestic abuse.
Race Sponsors include: J. Grant Menswear, Kimberly Blair Smith, DMD, PA, Simpson General Hospital, The Magee Courier/Simpson County News and Peoples Bank.
Pictured are: (L-R) Ashton Moody, J. Grant; Leslie Franklin, Peoples Bank; Pat Brown, Angel Wings Board Chairman; John Rankin, Peoples Bank; Wendy Seals, Angel Wings Director; Nancy Brown, Magee Courier/Simpson County News; Kim Smith, Kimberly Blair Smith, DMD, PA; Randall Neely, Simpson General Hospital.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Independent Banker May Issue

Check out this article in the Independent Banker Magazine written by our CEO, Dennis Ammann.

Independent Banker May 2015 Page 1

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