June 2013
Message from the President
Sadly 12.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft in 2012 according to Javelin Strategy & Research. The study found there was a victim every 3 seconds and fraudsters stole more than $21 billion. The good news, if there is any, is that companies are responding more quickly which means customer information is misused for fewer days. But make no mistake, these criminals are not rookies or pranksters next door, they are well-coordinated, experienced and sophisticated international crooks who make their living by stealing your identity and money. To help fight the identity theft battle, Guaranty Bank & Trust customers now have a new tool to monitor their accounts Theftsmart®.
 
Five Steps to Take Now if Your Identity is Stolen

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a big business.

New research from ID Analytics shows that there are approximately 10,000 identity theft rings in the U.S., and the Federal Trade Commission reports that more than nine million Americans have their identity stolen each year. If you become a victim, taking immediate action is crucial to protect yourself and prevent future problems. Here’s where to start:

Beware of ATM Skimming

ATM Skimming

These days, automated teller machines or ATMs are an everyday part of modern commerce. Not only are ATMs located at banks, more businesses, especially airports and retailers, have ATMs on their property for convenience of employees and customers as well as a revenue stream. Unfortunately, criminals continue to work overtime to take advantage of such convenient technology.
Who is the #1 Target of ID Thieves?

ID Thieves


Brainy Bits

See if you can figure this out:

1. What are the total annual losses in the U.S. due to ID theft? 

2. What are the odds of a U.S. household being victimized by   identity theft?

Brainy Bits



Holiday Closings
All locations will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.


Supporting the Community
MOE the Guaranty Bank mascot was spotted leading a line dance at the 16th annual ARC March at Lindale Mall. The march took place on Saturday, April 6th.

MOE Dance

Come help support the Cedar Rapids Jaycees at Uptown Friday Night on Friday, June 7th from 5pm-8pm. The country band Lonesome Road will be performing that night, and Guaranty Bank will be guest pouring.


      

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