Bank Customer Scam Warning
email, text and telephone scams
All bank customers should be beware of fraudulent e-mails, text messages and telephone calls being received in our service area. These scammers claim to be bank representatives and request personal banking information, which they then use to steal funds from customer accounts.
Although neither The Bank of Marion nor any of our branch banks are named in any of these current scams, we want our customers to know that such scams are circulating in our service area.
PLEASE NOTE: The Bank of Marion and our branch banks NEVER ASK FOR PERSONAL OR ACCOUNT INFORMATION UNLESS IT IS IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO A CUSTOMERíS REQUEST.
If you receive a text, email or telephone message asking for personal or account information, DO NOT RESPOND TO SUCH A REQUEST AND CONTACT YOUR BANK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO REPORT THE INCIDENT.
If you are a Bank of Marion customer have RECENTLY entered your personal or banking information in response to any suspicious e-mail, text message or phone call claiming to be affiliated with any bank, call us immediately at 276-783-3116 or Long Distance 800-772-1807.
ICBA Cautions Consumers: Be Wary of Fraudulent Cashier's Checks
Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and its nearly 5,000 members are cautioning the public and businesses alike to be on the lookout for fraudulent cashier's checks. Once considered the safest of checks to accept, cashier's checks are now being used by con artist in a variety of scams.
"Fraudulent checks have grown in popularity due to the Internet and the increased availability of copiers and printers that produce quality-looking checks. Even though the problem continues to grow, you don't need to be a victim," said R. Michael Menzies, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Easton Bank and Trust Co., Easton, Md. "Our customers can protect themselves by keeping an eye out for a few key warning signs that indicate something just isn't right. And if you have any questions, if it sounds too good to be true, or if you're just not sure, the person to ask is your community banker who can help you spot a scam."
ICBA wants consumers to know these key warning signs. You should never take a cashier's check if:
• The check is for more than the purchase price;
• The check is from a party other than the buyer or on behalf of someone else;
• The check is from "friends" hard on their luck; or,
• The check is from parties offering a quick, easy way to make extra money.
You can also take these precautions to discourage con artists:
• Request a wire transfer rather than a cashier's check;
• Ask your bank to send the cashier's check for collection, rather than directly depositing the check into an account
• Meet the buyer at the buyer's bank to obtain direct payment;
• Accept only cashier's checks drawn on a local bank or a bank with a local branch;
• Keep a copy of the cashier's check for quick reference.
"In addition to these precautions, your community bank can also protect you in a number of ways," said Menzies. "Your community bank may place a longer hold on deposited cashier's checks when there is reason to suspect fraud. This may seem like an inconvenience, but the bank is really looking out for the best interest of its customers. The customer, not the bank, bears the burden of any losses resulting from deposited checks. If the check were found to be counterfeit, the inconvenience would have been well worth the wait."
Go to http://consumer.gov/ncpw/ to learn more. And for more information about community banks visit www.ICBA.org.
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MoneyPass ATM Nationwide Network
The Bank of Marion is pleased to announce our membership in the MoneyPass® ATM network.
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The Lincoln Theatre's Schedule
The Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia, is one of three existing Art Deco Mayan Revival theaters in America. The Lincoln Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark and member of the League of Historic American Theatres. Beautifully restored in 2004 by a $1.8 million renovation, including state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, the 500-seat theater is a presenting organization and a programming facility. The Lincoln Theatre features performing arts events year-round and is available to touring companies, groups, and individual artists.
Visit The Lincoln Theatre for their latest schedule of events.
Song of the Mountains
Song of the Mountains showcases the best talent in bluegrass, old-time and Americana music from the heart of the region where it all began! Live concerts are held monthly at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. These shows are videotaped for the award winning Song of the Mountains television series which can be seen on PBS affiliates throughout the country.
For the latest Song of the Mountain schedule, CLICK HERE.
The Carter Family Fold
The Carter Family Memorial Music Center, a non-profit organization, serves fans and supporters of old-time country and folk music through the presentation of weekly performances at the Carter Family Fold, in Hiltons, Virginia. It also honors the memory of the first family of country music, the legendary Carter Family (A.P. Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter), whose first recordings (in 1927) are credited with giving birth to the commercial country music industry. The Carter Family Memorial Music Center was founded by the late Janette Carter, daughter of A.P. and Sara, who with Sara's cousin Maybelle, comprised the original Carter Family. Janette’s daughter, Rita Forrester, continues the Carter Family’s traditions as Director of the Center.
For the Fold's performance schedule, please visit: www.carterfamilyfold.org/schedule.htm
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