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Consumer Alert: Bill Payment Scam

Consumer Alert: Bill Payment Scam

The FTC alerts consumers of an alarming new trend: scammers posing as a government agency that pays monthly bills in exchange for an upfront payment. These scammers particularly target African American church communities. There is no government program that requests a...
Consumer Alert: Bill Payment Scam

Consumer Alert: Employment Scams Target College Students

Starting off your career path is a stressful time for everyone, even without having to deal with the potential scams that flood the entry level job market. Scammers have been known to target college students specifically by posting on college job listing websites or...
Customer Alert: Yahoo customer service scam

Customer Alert: Yahoo customer service scam

January 3, 2017 by Andrew Johnson Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Need to contact Yahoo customer care? There are a few ways to do so — but, Yahoo warns that phone is not an option. That’s right: any phone number you come across in an internet search, claiming to...
What to do if you’re the victim of a data breach

What to do if you’re the victim of a data breach

Today’s high-tech world calls for an ever increasing vigilance on the part of both businesses and consumers when it comes to keeping personal and financial data safe. Part of that vigilance is knowing what to do if you ever find yourself the victim of a data...
12 Tips to Secure your Mobile Devices

12 Tips to Secure your Mobile Devices

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, we’d like to share with you a couple of quick tips to keep you, your identity, and your finances stay safe in this increasingly technological world. The American Bankers Association (aba.com) has released these to...
Debit Card Safe Practices

Debit Card Safe Practices

Debit cards are a great way to pay for your purchases online and in stores. Here are some ways you can safeguard against debit card fraud: Do not keep your card and your PIN together. If possible, memorize your PIN and do not write it down.   Keep your card...
Text Scam Alert

Text Scam Alert

In recent months, Southern Bancorp customers have received a fraudulent text message claiming to be from Southern Bancorp alerting customers that their debit card is blocked. A link is provided in the fraudulent message urging customers to un-block their card....