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Online Scams

5 Cyber Scams to Watch Out For

Posted On: June 14, 2022 by Home State Bank in: Community, Personal Banking

Scams have always been around. But with all our technological advances and less face-to-face interactions, it’s been easier for criminals to target those who may feel they are in vulnerable situations to take advantage of them.

And we don’t see scams going away. In fact, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2021 Internet Crime Report both cybercrime and the amount of money lost to cybercrime rose.

Scammers will take advantage in any...

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Tags: cybersecurity, personal banking, safe banking, scams

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Shred & Support at Home State Bank!

Posted On: May 25, 2022 by Home State Bank in: Community

We know you’ve been waiting and now you can mark your calendar for Home State Bank’s annual shred day!

No more wondering what to do with all those confidential and cumbersome papers.

Our event will take place on June 22 from 4 - 6pm in the Home State Bank parking lot.

Wondering what you can bring to shred? Check out our lists below of what is and is not accepted for shred day!

ACCEPTED ITEMS

Copy paper Letterhead Computer...
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Tags: bank events, personal finance, shred day

Allen Family

Welcoming Bob Allen as New Bank President

Posted On: April 27, 2022 by Home State Bank in: Community, General

Home State Bank is excited to announce Bob Allen is new Bank President. Bob has been with Home State Bank since April 2012 and is excited to continue and build on the work of former bank president, Sid Jones, who will be continuing as CEO of Home State Bank.

Let’s get to know our new Bank President, Bob Allen, a little better.

While in college, Bob worked part-time for the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District. After college, he continued his work...

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Tags: bank news

Taxes

Impersonating Agents

Posted On: April 8, 2022 by Home State Bank in: General, Personal Banking

Tax time is stressful enough without having to worry about fake-IRS phishing schemes. The first day of spring may technically be in March, but those of us in the world of banking and finance can’t truly enjoy the sunshine, blooms, longer days, and warmer weather until Tax Day is squarely in the rearview. Whether you’re an early filer, procrastinator, or someone in between who’s been gradually gathering documents, compiling receipts, and crunching the numbers for three months,...

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Tags: online security, safe banking, tax season security, taxes

Celebrating Our Local Producers

Celebrating Our Local Producers

Posted On: March 18, 2022 by Home State Bank in: Community

The week of March 21 is National Ag Week and National Ag Day is celebrated on March 22!

Agriculture, as we know here in Iowa and within our own community, is an important and integral part of our economy and culture.

Did you know, each American farmer feeds more than 165 people ... a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more - and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food...

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Tags: Ag lending, agriculture, banking, local producers

Vacation Club

Join Our Clubs and Start Saving Today!

Posted On: December 16, 2021 by Home State Bank in: Personal Banking, Services

How would it feel to not be strapped for cash for the holiday season?

How would it feel to take a fun family vacation without the worry of piling on credit card debt?

Home State Bank has the answers to both! Join our Vacation and/or Christmas Club and you can start saving today to avoid the worry of missing out or overspending.

The concept behind both these clubs is the simple savings rule: Out of sight, out of mind.

When you join both or either...

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Tags: christmas, christmas savings, personal banking, savings, vacation, vacation savings

Mobile Banking

Bank Anytime, Anywhere with Mobile Banking!

Posted On: December 7, 2021 by Home State Bank in: Community, Personal Banking

Effective January 1, 2022, Home State Bank will no longer have business hours on Saturdays.

This decision has been the result of a community-wide banking decision that all banks in Jefferson will be closed on Saturdays. While this is effective January 1, because of bank holiday dates, this will really go into effect December 18.

But don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you can’t still accomplish all your banking needs. All Saturday services can be completed through...

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Tags: bill pay, eStatements, online banking, online bill pay, personal banking, personal finance

Shop Small

6 Benefits of Supporting Small Businesses

Posted On: November 23, 2021 by Home State Bank in: Community, General

We hear all the time that it’s important to support small businesses, but do you know how much of an impact this actually makes on your community?

Let’s take a look at all the benefits of shopping small and local this holiday season.

Benefit #1: Local Growth

When you shop small, that money goes back into your community. So in essence, you are helping grow and keep a more sustainable local economy. Successful small businesses not only help local...

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Tags: holidays, shop small, small business, spending

Free Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Free

Free Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Free

Posted On: November 3, 2021 by Home State Bank in: General, Personal Banking

The Internet is always with us. We’ve become so used to jumping online at any given moment — whether it’s to look up directions, check work email, or post a photo — that we don’t even think about it. But in virtual life, as in real life, the moment you let your guard down, you become vulnerable to bad actors who are just waiting to take advantage.

Free Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop, library, hotel, or airport is great for keeping you plugged in when you’re...

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Tags: debit card, Fraud Protection, online banking, personal finance, security, wifi

Meet Brella: The Newest Member of Your Debit Card Security Team

Meet Brella: The Newest Member of Your Debit Card Security Team

Posted On: October 12, 2021 by Home State Bank in: Personal Banking

Life can be full of surprises, but finding out your debit card is on a shopping spree without you is not one of those surprises you want to experience.

Home State Bank is excited to announce the newest member of your debit card security team - the Brella App!

Brella is a free mobile app that lets you manage your debit card when and where you want without needing to call the bank (don’t worry, you can still call us, too!).

One simple login on your phone and you...

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Tags: app, Brella, card management, debit card, security

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