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Can you spot a Phishing Scam?

Can you spot a Phishing Scam?

Posted On: September 30, 2021 by Austin Bank in: General, Tech Tip

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $3.3 billion to these phishing schemes and other fraud in 2020—that’s nearly double what was lost in 2019. It’s time to put scammers in their place. Online scams aren’t so scary when you know what to look for. And at Austin Bank, we’re committed to helping you spot them as an extra layer of protection for your account. We’ve joined with the American Bankers Association and banks across the country in a nationwide effort to fight phishing—one scam at a time. We want every bank customer to become a pro at spotting a phishing scam—and stop bank impostors in their tracks. It starts with these four words: Banks Never
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Can you spot a Phishing Scam?

Posted On: September 30, 2021 by Austin Bank in: General, Tech Tip

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $3.3 billion to these phishing schemes and other fraud in 2020—that’s nearly double what was lost in 2019.


It’s time to put scammers in...

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September 2021 -Star of the Month - Cheree Young

Posted On: September 15, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

A member of the Austin Bank team since April 2013, this month’s Star has years of customer service experience she puts to use daily providing a warm and welcoming environment for customers and employees alike.  We are proud to share that Cheree Young, Teller Operations Supervisor at the Tyler West Loop location, has been selected as our September Star of the Month.

Starting her banking career as a Teller in the Tyler Med Center office, she later became...

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PPP loan blocks with jar of money

SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal

Posted On: August 12, 2021 by Austin Bank in: General

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available the SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal.

The portal provides a streamlined process to automatically submit your forgiveness request to your lender.

Austin Bank encourages all of its PPP customers with a loan amount of $150,000 or less to use the portal to apply for forgiveness.  The process is simpler for the borrower and more time efficient.

Click here to access the portal:  https://directforgiveness.sba.gov/

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Tasha Childress

August 2021 - Star of the Month - Tasha Childress

Posted On: August 12, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves,” said Eleanor Roosevelt.  This quote is a perfect descriptor of this month’s Star.  A terrific team builder, both inside the Bank and in her community, she is well respected and admired.  We are honored to introduce you to Tasha Childress, SVP/Retail Market Manager, in Cleveland and proud to call...

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July 2021 - Star of the Month - Julisa Trujillo

July 2021 - Star of the Month - Julisa Trujillo

Posted On: August 12, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

This month’s Star is a member of our Human Resources (HR) team.  Coming to the Bank in May of 2017, she brought with her several years of recruiting experience from a local call center.  Consistently exhibiting the utmost in professionalism, we are proud to recognize Julisa Trujillo, Operations Officer and HR Specialist/Jr. Recruiter, as our July Star of the Month.

Julisa’s personality and professionalism were the...

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The Importance of Clearing your Browsing History and Cookies

Posted On: August 11, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Tech Tip

You use your browser daily to access any number of things on the internet – Facebook, online banking, online purchases, etc.  Your browser tends to hold onto information, and over time this can cause problems with logging in to or loading websites.

It is always a good idea to clear out your cache, or browser history, and clear cookies on a regular basis.  Your privacy is more secure and your browser will work better after performing the clean-up, however, the drawback...

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June 2021 - Star of the Month - Megan Hodgkins

June 2021 - Star of the Month - Megan Hodgkins

Posted On: July 15, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

Nominations for this month’s Star all echoed the same sentiment – “she consistently goes above and beyond.”  With a positive attitude and a strong commitment to her coworkers, she never hesitates to take on additional tasks in an effort to help those around her.  For these reasons, we are proud to recognize Megan Hodgkins, Loan Assistant in Longview Greggton, as our June Star of the Month.

Megan is a long-time employee of the Bank, starting...

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April 2021 - Star of the Month - Millette Stroud

April 2021 - Star of the Month - Millette Stroud

Posted On: July 15, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

This month’s Star takes the concept of “relationship banking” very seriously. Daily striving to know and understand her customers’ particular situations and needs, she takes a constructive approach. While a customer may start out with one bank product, she offers additional products that can help customers attain their financial goals and adapt to changes in their financial or business lives. For her commitment to provide the highest level of customer service...

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March 2021- Star of the Month - Jodie Ham

March 2021- Star of the Month - Jodie Ham

Posted On: July 15, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

Follow-through (noun): the completion of a motion, as in the stroke of a tennis racket.  The portion of such a motion after the ball has been hit. The act of continuing a plan, project, scheme or the like to its completion.

A simple notion - follow-through - however, not easily achieved. Often when we realize what it will actually take to get the job done, we step back and leave the task unfinished. This is not the case with our March Star, and many...

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February 2021 - Star of the Month - Seth New

February 2021 - Star of the Month - Seth New

Posted On: July 15, 2021 by Austin Bank in: Star of the Month

Austin Bank’s reliance on technology and its development brings to light the importance of its Information Technology (IT) department. Though IT may often go overlooked or unnoticed, without this team to keep everything running smoothly, Austin Bank could not operate in today’s business climate. This month we are pleased to recognize a representative from IT as our February Star.  Congratulations, Seth New, System Administrator, on this honor based upon nominations...

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