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American Bank Wraps Holiday Teddy Bear Drive

Representatives from the Women’s Shelter of South Texas and Stuffed with Love for Nueces County Court at Law No. 5 were at American Bank’s Southside location (5120 S. Padre Island Dr.) on Thursday, January 5 at 10:00 a.m. to collect over 700 teddy bears.  This year’s drive netted a total of 748 bears from the bank’s Corpus Christi and Port Aransas locations.

This marks the twenty-second year customers and employees of American Bank have collected teddy bears during the holiday season.  The teddy bears were the decorations on the Christmas trees at each of American Bank’s locations.  The Women’s Shelter will give the bears to victims of crime and abuse throughout the coming New Year.  Stuffed with Love will use the bears with children who come through County Court No. 5.

Teddy bears collected in Rockport (50) were donated to Camp Aranzazu.  In Victoria, 67 bears were donated to the Victoria Police Officer’s Association.  Goliad collected 35 bears for the Goliad County Sheriff’s Department.  And, American Bank’s Austin locations collected 44 teddy bears for Mainspring Schools.

American Bank was founded in 1970 and is the largest locally-owned and independent financial institution in the Corpus Christi area, with assets totaling nearly $1.3 billion as of September 30, 2016.  The bank has 12 branches:  six in Corpus Christi; one each in Port Aransas, Rockport, Goliad, and Victoria; and two in Austin (Downtown and Westlake).  A third Austin location, a loan production office, opened in Austin’s The Domain area in November 2015.

Holiday Security Tips from American Bank

Commercial Check Fraud
American Bank has seen an increase in commercial check fraud; including counterfeit and stolen checks.  To protect your business, here are some best practices you can implement:
• Store blank check stock in a locked cabinet or safe.  Never leave checks in plain sight, including written checks, or cleared checks.  Someone walking by or through the area could easily lift one and obtain key account information, including an authorized signature!
• Use Bank OnLine to reconcile paid checks and watch for suspicious and unauthorized transactions. 
• Set up additional Security Alerts in Bank OnLine to let you know when certain activities occur with your accounts.
• Use our Positive Pay service which allows you to see the checks that cleared in last night’s processing, and those that did not match checks you’ve written.
• Use ACH Origination for payments so your payments are sent electronically.  By reducing the number of checks you distribute, lost or stolen checks are eliminated.  Additionally, not purchasing checks, envelopes, or stamps creates added savings for you.”
• Use Electronic Payroll for your employees, either through ACH Payroll or Business Online Payroll.  Your employees get paid quickly, and there are no “lost” checks to replace.
To learn more about any of these business solutions, please contact our Business Services team at
(361) 653-5295 or toll free at (800) 725-9980 ext. 5295.

Personal Check Fraud - protect your personal accounts:
• Store blank check stock in a locked cabinet or safe.  Never leave checks in plain sight, including written checks, or cleared checks.  Someone walking by or through the area could easily lift one and obtain key account information, including your signature!
• Use Bank OnLine to reconcile paid checks and watch for suspicious and unauthorized transactions. 
• Set up additional Security Alerts in Bank OnLine to let you know when certain activities occur with your accounts.
• When mailing checks, take a few extra minutes to take them to a secure mailbox, serviced by the US Postal Service.  This will prevent criminals from obtaining a check or other account information by stealing your mail.
• Destroy old checks, and checks from closed accounts.  Do not place them in the trash.  Shredding is the safest means of disposal.

Phishing E-mails
Fraudsters use holiday activities to try to lure you in with shopping deals, notices about unexpected package deliveries, or holiday invites.  E-mails that appear to be legitimate but have an alternative motive are called phishing e-mails.  Criminals will target your curiosity, your good nature during the holidays, or your desire to save money by getting a great deal.  If you receive an e-mail from an unknown person, don’t click on any links or open any attachments.  And don’t open the e-mail.  If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.  Delete it!

Shopping Security at Stores
Make every attempt to put all bags in your trunk or an area of your vehicle where they can be concealed.  Criminals walk through parking lots looking for easy targets.  So if your doors are locked and there is nothing that can be seen from the outside, they will move on.

Shopping Security Online
More and more shopping is being done online and that means more and more items will be delivered to your front door.  If you are expecting packages, make sure you collect them from your door as soon as possible.  Or have them delivered to your place of business so someone can sign and accept them for you.

Avoid using public WIFI connections for shopping too.  Hackers can intercept your credit card information, passwords, etc.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 
FROM ALL OF US AT AMERICAN BANK

End of Support for Internet Explorer Versions 10 and Older

Microsoft will end security updates for all versions of Internet Explorer 7 and 8, and for most versions of Internet Explorer 9 and 10, after their January 12, 2016 patch release.  If you are an Internet Explorer user, you will need to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 (if you have not already done so) to continue to receive security updates and technical support for this browser.  It is good practice to update your browser to the latest version on a regular basis to benefit from enhancements and ensure that you continue to receive security patches.  You can find links in our Security Center to download the most recent, supported browsers at no cost. 

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