Banking Is Personal - Blog

Welcome to Banking is Personal. This blog is a place where Salin Bank hopes to give you information you can use. Our goal is to arm you with resources and knowledge about mortgages, wealth management, business lending and other banking-related issues that affect you and your financial objectives.

The Mortgage Loan Doctor Is In for Physicians

By Tom Lannan, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Banking on June 22, 2016

Hefty student loan debt can often deter homeownership for individuals just starting their career. This is especially true for physicians and those in the medical field. According to the American Medical Association, more than 70 percent of physicians under the age of 40 have student loan debt and nearly half carry amounts ranging between $150,000 and $200,000. 
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Scam Alert: Microsoft Is Not Calling to Fix Your PC

By Jim Badger, Senior Vice President, Salin Bank on March 29, 2016

My father called me the other day to tell me he allowed someone he met online to virtually take over his computer.  I couldn't believe that he had fallen for that scheme; allowing access to somebody just becasue they promised to make his computer run faster.  My brother and I quickly went over to his house to make sure that his computer didn't have any new unwanted software programs that would steal his user names and passwords and ultimately empty his bank accounts.  

Technical support scams are popping up more and more - from scammers peddling bogus security software, to setting up fake Websites, to sending alarming messages that your computer is infected.

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Email Tax Fraud Scams On the Rise This Year

By Jim Badger, Senior Vice President, Salin Bank on February 29, 2016

It’s tax season, and that means it’s also the time when scammers come out in droves. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), there’s been a 400 percent surge in email fraud and phishing this tax season. 
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The Elder Fraud & Stock Market Volatility Connection

By Denise Maines, Salin Bank Security Officer on February 25, 2016

When the stock market tumbles, many investors - especially those who may be older - naturally become concerned about the state of their finances. In some instances, however, this concern turns to panic - and that’s when seniors leave themselves vulnerable to unscrupulous swindlers and get-rich-quick scams. A recent Gallup poll in fact, says nearly 1 in 3 - or 32 percent - of investors worry “a lot” or “a fair amount” about older family members becoming the victim of financial fraud. 
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Credit Card Skimming: Think Twice Before You Swipe

By Denise Maines, Salin Bank Security Officer on February 12, 2016

You swipe; they steal. It’s called credit card skimming, and it’s a crime growing exponentially in Central Indiana. 

Here’s how the crime works: Skimming thieves use small high-tech devices that scan or “skim” your credit and debit card data from the card’s magnetic stripe. Oftentimes, skimming devices are installed on an ATM or inside a gas pump. Once the credit card has been swiped through the skimmer, the personal information and data are extracted and recorded. The thieves then usually sell the stolen information over the Internet so counterfeit cards can be manufactured. The U.S. Department of the Treasury reported that hidden cameras often accompany the machines to record a consumer’s PIN number.
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