7 Ways to Frustrate a Fraudster During Tax Season

The weeks leading up to April 15 – tax deadline day – are often vulnerable ones for consumers, as W-2s and tax returns containing their personal information circulate over the internet and through the mail.

According to a Javelin Strategy and Research study, 12.7 million Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2014. Though down from 2013, . . . → Read More: 7 Ways to Frustrate a Fraudster During Tax Season

Avoiding Online Tax Scams

It’s tax season, which means it’s also time for tax scams, with numerous online scams that attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts or identities.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in the 2013 filing season. Websense® Security Labs reported in 2014 it saw approximately 100,000 IRS-related . . . → Read More: Avoiding Online Tax Scams

Beware of Taxing Scams

It’s tax season, which means it’s also time for tax scams, with numerous online scams that attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts, or identities. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013. Websense Security Labs reported in 2014 it saw approximately . . . → Read More: Beware of Taxing Scams

4 Simple Steps to Stop a Cyber Thief

Iowa State Bank Raises Awareness for Data Privacy Day Jan. 28

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Iowa State Bank is urging customers to take an active role in protecting their data.

“Iowa State Bank’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and information,” said Tom Van Overbeke, President. “We use a combination . . . → Read More: 4 Simple Steps to Stop a Cyber Thief

Trick or Treat…or Should We Say Trick or Threat?

October is not only National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it’s also the time to celebrate Halloween, bringing to mind scary things that are merely figments of our imagination. In the digital world, however, there are many scary things that aren’t figments of our imagination — things we should in fact be worried about.

The threats in cyberspace . . . → Read More: Trick or Treat…or Should We Say Trick or Threat?

Debit Card Security: October 24, 2014

Iowa State Bank is aware of a recent security breach of a merchant database. We are taking appropriate measures to help protect our customers.

At this time, account holders do NOT need to call Iowa State Bank to learn whether they are impacted. If we discover that your card was involved in the incident, we will notify . . . → Read More: Debit Card Security: October 24, 2014

What are chip-enabled EMV® payment cards?

Plastic. The credit card world is full of plastic and always changing. The latest plastic card, the EMV payment card, will soon be introduced into the United States. The EMV card is widely accepted in European countries and is commonly referred to as a chip card. The . . . → Read More: What are chip-enabled EMV® payment cards?

Keep Financial Transactions Private

A good rule to follow when banking online or conducting financial transactions online is: Do Not Use Public Computers and Public Wireless Access for Sensitive Transactions.
Whether you’re entertaining the kids by streaming a video on a tablet, downloading new travel apps on your smartphone or even taking your tablet poolside, there are precautions you should take . . . → Read More: Keep Financial Transactions Private

Protect Portable Devices While Traveling

The summer vacation season is underway, and for many of us that means lounging on sunny beaches, reading a book under a shade tree or hitting the road for a new adventure. It can also mean identity theft and other crimes if we aren’t careful about our online activities and protecting our information.

Cybercrime does not take . . . → Read More: Protect Portable Devices While Traveling

Mobile Banking: Safety First

As mobile banking continues to exceed online users, it’s more important than ever for customers to use mobile banking safely. Convenience is the driving factor in the rise of mobile banking. It opens the doors to consumer choice and access to banking options. But, as mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads become more popular, . . . → Read More: Mobile Banking: Safety First