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Package Delivery Scams

Posted On: December 6, 2022 by Home State Bank in: General, Personal Banking

Thinking Outside the Box

As shippers forecast another record year of holiday deliveries, scammers are ramping up their efforts to take advantage.

As the holiday's approach and deliveries adorn your porch, remain diligent in protecting yourself against package delivery scams. It’s become all too common to receive a text message from a contact alleged to be a carrier that says they were unable to deliver a package. The message might claim the package is from a friend...

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Tags: holiday scams, personal banking, scams, Text scams

Popular Mortgage Scam Has Resurfaced

Popular Mortgage Scam Has Resurfaced

Posted On: July 8, 2022 by Home State Bank in: Community, General

Have you purchased or possibly refinanced your home mortgage, recently?  Well, you could be a target.  

Recently blue postcards have been landing in our mailboxes.  They say "IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED" or "ACT NOW", as it pertains to your loan.

THIS IS DEFINITELY A SCAM! 

If you've recently purchased or even refinanced your home mortgage, this makes you susceptible to becoming a prime target of this specific scam.  

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Tags: Fraud Protection, scams

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

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

money

How to Spot Fraud

Posted On: February 18, 2021 by Home State Bank in: General

I’m from the “Government” and I’m Here to Help You

Except it’s not a government employee calling you, it’s a scammer.

The Federal Trade Commission’s 2020 statistics show that people reported losing more than $174 million in government-imposter scams. The median reported loss was $1,250.

With March announcements from the Internal Revenue Service that the individual federal income tax filing due date for the 2020 tax year has...

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