Attn: Cash Management Customers

 

Our service provider reports seeing increased activity with a malware screen takeover, which is targeting token users. This particular malware variant will prompt a user to input account and/or token data, which then results in another screen prompt indicating that the user will be unable to access the account for 24-hours while maintenance is performed.  While the user is detained on the fake “maintenance” screen, it allows the fraudster enough time to take over the session and commit fraud.

 

“Skimming” Awareness

Have you ever heard of skimming? Have you ever been a victim?

If you have, then you know that a skimmer is almost entirely undetectable by users. A skimmer is an electronic device that can be placed over a card slot on an ATM, a gas pump, and other machines that have a slot to insert your debit or credit card. At Central National Bank we’re careful to check our ATMs regularly for these devices, but there are many other places you use your card, so here’s a few tips – published by the FBI - for protecting yourself from theft via skimming.

  • Inspect the card reader slot before inserting your card. Be suspicious if you notice anything loose, crooked, or damaged. Scratches and adhesive/tape residue can also be warning signs.
  • When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
  • If possible, use ATMs and payment terminals at inside locations (less access for criminals to install skimmers).
  • If your card isn’t returned after the transaction or after hitting “cancel”, immediately contact your card provider.

If you notice any of these signs and are suspicious of foul play, contact the company/owner of the terminal as soon as possible and do not insert your card into the slot. If it’s an ATM, contact the financial institution that owns the ATM. Better safe than sorry.

Find a penny, pick it up!

I’m not sure how much luck has to do with saving, but this childhood phrase comes to my mind every time I see a penny lying on the ground. And this in turn got me to thinking about how much money I would have if I had saved those pennies!

So here is my challenge. Starting the day you read this post, what if, from now on you put aside all of your change every day and kept it in a jar. How much money do you think you would have at the end of a year, and what would you then do with that money once it accumulated? Hmm.. lots of possibilities there!

Okay, so now what if you don’t use cash? What if you use your debit card all the time but would still like to save the change? Well, with Central National Bank it is possible to do just that! It’s called the It Makes ₵ents! program. It Makes ₵ents! allows me to round up my debit card transactions to the nearest dollar (all the way up to $10.00) and have the change put right into my savings account!! So, not only am I saving money without even realizing it, but I am also earning interest on it!

Being enrolled in It Makes ₵ents! also means that there’s no minimum balance requirement on the savings account it’s tied to. As long as it’s hooked to It Makes ₵ents! and there’s a flow of change being deposited into the account you’ll never receive a service charge for being below the minimum.

If that still isn’t enough incentive, maybe this will help you decide… Starting September 1st, 2012 we are launching a new savings match program. If you are enrolled in It Makes ₵ents! the bank will match 5% of every penny saved!*

 

*See the complete program details and restrictions at: www.centralnational.com/personal/imc.asp

Article courtesy of Jodi – Guest Blogger

Cautionary Reminder

Have you brushed up on your information pertaining to Phishing scams? Now might be a good time – see our prior posts here, here and here. We’ve seen an increase in phishing scams lately and would like to take the opportunity to remind our customers that:

We have your information on file. We will NEVER call you and ask for account numbers, social security numbers, or access codes.

If you have recently given any of this information over the phone, to a representative claiming to be from Central National Bank, please call our toll free number 1-888-262-5456. Our call center would be happy to assist you in protecting your account from phishers.

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is here… which always makes me want to redecorate or go shopping! Since I don’t always have the budget to pick up things I like, I have found a way to get new things without spending any money! The best part? My friends benefit too!

It’s called a Swap Party, and anyone can do it.

This idea came from a friend of mine that lives in Las Vegas. She sets aside a night and invites a groups of friends over. She asks them to bring a few items that they no longer need or want. (These items must be of good quality. Be clear about what is swap-worthy. Only clean goods in gently used condition) The night of the party everyone comes with their items and you set up shop! Allow everyone to choose items as if they were in a store. You can go home with some pretty awesome stuff you didn’t have to pay for, and you’ll get rid of some things you didn’t want in the process!!

Here’s a few tips:

  • Remember, it is a party, so have fun!
  • Serve your favorite punch and a few simple snack foods.
  • Give guests room to spread out their items by clearing off surfaces, such as dining and side tables. Use bins and trunks to serve as display space.

Make sure to outline one (or all) of these simple rules (or create your own) so everyone is on the same page:

  • Establish a system - Choose one of the following swapping strategies, which should be explained in your Invitation or at the start of the party.
  • Take turns shopping - Roll the Dice to pick who shops first. Limit the number of items to three per turn to keep it fair and moving fast.
  • Use tokens - The host hands out a poker chip for every item a guest donates. If a person brings 10 items, she gets 10 tokens with which she can purchase 10 new items.
  • Keep the numbers even - Everybody goes home with the same number of items that they donated.

Another Swap Option: Clothing and Accessories

How to organize: Set up a garment rack with hangers, or string up a clothesline, then prop up a full-length mirror. Make signs, and sort fashions by size, type, season, or even personality. (Julie, Samantha, Britni, and Miranda, anyone?)

What to consider at a clothing swap: You may want to invite people who are roughly in the same size range (though anyone can trade bags, jewelry, and scarves).

At the end of the night, if there are items left, whoever hosted the party should donate the leftovers to a local charity or thift shop.

**Another fun variation on the Swap Party idea: Hold a Swap Party as a fundraiser! If you’ve got to raise money for the PTO, or want to donate to a local charity or organization, get together and hold a silent auction with items you no longer want. If you do it amongst friends you’re more likely to go home with something you like (rather than your typical rummage sale). And, everyone will still go home with a bargain but you’ll have raised some money for a good cause!

I hope this idea inspires you. Happy Swapping!!!

Contributed by Guest Blogger – Jodi

Hey, that is what friends are for!

Many of our faithful followers are already telling their friends about the excellent service they receive at Central National Bank, but those that aren’t are about to miss out on an excellent deal. In January and February we’re offering $25 to our customers who refer their friends to us. All you have to do is pick up your friend referral cards at your local branch and fill in your information. Then, hand them to your friends and tell them about the excellent service you receive at Central! When they open an account, all they have to do is hand over the card. See details below. It’s for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!

 

CNB Android App Now Available!

After months of development your requests have been answered. The Central National Bank Android App is finally available for download on the Android Market. And, yes, just like the iPhone App it will be free to users!

Don’t forget, to use the app, you must first be enrolled in Central Online Banking. For more information about Central Online Banking including enrollment instructions, click here.

What can the app do?

Users are able to view their account balances, pay bills, transfer funds, and more! The Android app uses the phone’s native features, so using the app has never been easier.

How do I get the app?

Get it on the Android Market

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jackhenry.CentralNationalBank

Shop & Win Promotion!!

The biggest shopping day of the year is less than 48 hours away! We can’t offer you a great deal on a flat screen tv or e-reader, but that doesn’ t mean we can’t make you a deal!

If your Turkey Day plans include taking a trip to the stores at Midnight, be sure to check out the details of our Shop & Win Promotion. Each time you use your debit card between Black Friday and Cyber Monday you’ll be entered to win a $100 VISA Gift Card!

For Your Protection

At Central National Bank we’re all about service to our customers. And one of the services we provide is fraud monitoring.

For your protection, we recently placed a block on certain types of Central National Bank debit card transactions.  If you have problems using your debit card to conduct International telephone or Internet transactions, it may be due to our attempt to protect your account from fraud. Transactions affected are those that require you to key in your card number in order to make a payment.

This change will not affect traditional retail transactions (those made in person). So, if you’re traveling feel free to continue use your debit card overseas!

We know that being away from home can be tough sometimes. So make sure to let us know if you have travel plans. We can put extra monitoring in place to lend you “peace of mind” while you’re away from home.

Call your local branch if you have questions regarding this change or specific transactions.

We appreciate your business, as well as your patience and understanding! Thank you!

Money Does Not Buy Happiness. Or Does it?

You’ve all heard the old adage, but what if money actually can contribute to a happy and fulfilled life? Of course, I’m talking indirectly – taking a bag of money home and rolling around in it isn’t likely to cause giddiness. I recently read “Buying Happiness” by Gretchen Rubin and it got me thinking. I’ve decided money and/or the management of money really can lead to happiness. Here’s a rough summary of Rubin’s article…

  • Money can help you build and maintain relationships with loved ones. Whether it’s planning a trip to visit far-away relatives or taking a friend to dinner, you’re using the green stuff to gain one of the emotional needs that help you to lead a happy life.
  • Money can help you get more exercise. Physical activity is constantly linked with a better mood and attitude. Some people spend money on a gym membership, others a new bicycle or even a new iPod to listen to while running.
  • Money can bring you peace of mind. Period. So manage your finances wisely and don’t get too far into debt. If you are in the red, figure out a budget that can help you get out of debt. Just the feeling of being in control can greatly contribute to your peace of mind.
  • Money can help you eat better. Fresh and organic foods can be more expensive than processed meals, but by investing more you are contributing to good health and good relationships. At my house, the kitchen is where we usually spend time together as a family, whether we’re cooking, cleaning up or even hanging out, we’re always having fun.
  • Money can help you contribute to the happiness of someone else. Sometimes, just making a friend happy is worth the cost of a gift. You can get that happy feeling from helping strangers, too!

Rubin finished with one important reminder: We are all very different and have different desires. If your friend/daughter/father/cousin wants to spend money on something, don’t be quick to judge! It might not be important to you, but could mean the world to them!