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Resources for Helpful Financial Information

We’ve compiled a list of helpful articles and resources for financial information:

Check Fraud

The American Bankers Association and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service today announced a new joint effort to combat the rapid rise in check fraud, which has increased nationwide by 385% since the pandemic, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Check fraud schemes commonly target the U.S. mail to steal checks, alter or wash them to change the payee and dollar amount, and ultimately steal money from victims’ accounts. Learn more! Here are a few quick tips to help protect your finances and avoid check fraud.

Avoiding Real Estate Fraud - Best Practices

Avoiding Real Estate Fraud - Best Practices

With the recent increase in real estate fraud, in central Iowa, it is important that realtors help protect customers from falling victim to a real estate scam. Learn more about best practices for real estate transactions.

Tax Season Financial Fraud

How to Spot IRS Scams – Don’t Take the Bait!

It is tax season! IRS impersonators are at it again and scammers are looking to take advantage of the many taxpayers who are preparing their taxes and expecting returns. Scammers are sending messages about your “tax refund” and it may look legitimate, but it is indeed a scam. The best way to prevent falling victim is to be familiar with the red flags. Please see the attached information on red flags to identify IRS Scams.

Student Loan Options for Your College Student

Student Loan Options for Your College Student

South Story Bank & Trust has partnered with ISL Education Lending to help customers with college expenses. Through this partnership, we are able to offer three types of loans for college financing. There are no origination or late fees associated with any of these loans. To learn more or apply, visit the ISL website or click on the QR code below.

ISL Resource

Don't Fall Victim to Phishing

Don’t fall victim to phishing.

In 2022, scammers stole over $8.8 billion from their victims. Every day, people lose their hard-earned money to online phishing scams. Don’t fall for shady texts, emails, and phone calls. Learn the things your bank would never ask. Get scam smart.