Tax Time is Crime Time

It’s tax season and criminals are seizing the opportunity for scams. Don’t become the next victim.

Scammers leverage every means at their disposal to separate you from your money, your identity, or anything else of value they can get. They may offer seemingly legitimate “tax services” designed to steal your identity and your tax refund, . . . → Read More: Tax Time is Crime Time

Safe Surfing

As your bank, we take information security very seriously. Take a few moments to remind yourself to stay safe when browsing the internet. Many of these are simple reminders.

1. Think twice before you click.
Just like links in Phishing emails, links on websites or in search engine results are opening a website or document. If that website . . . → Read More: Safe Surfing

Pink Since the Beginning

“We’re not quite sure when we started, but we know we’ve been there since the beginning.” That’s a familiar sentiment from the employees of Iowa State Bank’s Relay for Life team, the Pink Ribbon Crusaders. Some of our team members have worked for the bank since the Relay started in Kossuth County. Today, many are still . . . → Read More: Pink Since the Beginning

10 Timely Tax Time Tips

The income tax filing season has begun and important tax documents should be arriving in your mailbox. Although your return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself with an early start. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a smooth tax-filing process.

1. Create a system for organizing tax documents . . . → Read More: 10 Timely Tax Time Tips

Algona Bank Helps People Succeed for 85 Years

When it comes to banking, today’s consumer has a lot of choices. That wasn’t the case in 1928 when Iowa State Bank opened at 25 E. State Street in Algona. The first news of the opening of the Iowa State Bank in the local newspaper indicated that three banks had previously failed in Algona and for . . . → Read More: Algona Bank Helps People Succeed for 85 Years

Don’t get caught by a phishing scam

The 15th annual National Consumer Protection Week is March 3-9. The week is dedicated to helping consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft and avoid frauds and scams.

Internet “phishing” scams are one of the fastest-growing frauds today. Phishing expeditions can range from an elaborate website with fake graphics and logos to a . . . → Read More: Don’t get caught by a phishing scam

All You Need is LOVE — and Financial Intimacy

It’s the season of love, but before couples taking the next step in their relationship, they should shape their financial plan. Taking the next step in your relationship is not only a marriage of hearts but also a marriage of finances.

An important component of any romantic relationship is a solid financial footing. Use the following tips . . . → Read More: All You Need is LOVE — and Financial Intimacy

Save an extra $1,000 this year

The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate how your finances and make a savings plan. If your bank account isn’t where you’d like it to be, read on to find out how save an extra $1,000 this year.

As of February 1, there are 334 days left in 2013. A little math . . . → Read More: Save an extra $1,000 this year

It Might Be Wireless, But Is It Secure?

A Short Guide to Bluetooth Security

Wireless devices help us move our lives along faster and more efficiently. Let’s face it, they allow us to do more work, and have more fun along the way. However, security shouldn’t take a backseat to convenience, so take a few moments to think about Bluetooth security and how you can . . . → Read More: It Might Be Wireless, But Is It Secure?

Schutjer Leads Corwith & Wesley Offices

Iowa State Bank is pleased to announce that Brenda J. Schutjer will assume the daily management duties of the Corwith and Wesley offices. Schutjer will oversee the needs of customers in the Corwith and Wesley markets as Iowa State Bank continues to serve customers in the area.

“We’re pleased to serve the Corwith and Wesley communities. Community . . . → Read More: Schutjer Leads Corwith & Wesley Offices