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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
PriorityOne Bank is pleased to announce new hires; Raland Burks, Michelle Adcox and Eric Adkins.
Raland Burks has joined the POB team as Vice President, Commercial Lender for the Hattiesburg area. Raland was employed with the Mississippi Department of Banking for 11 years and is a graduate of USM and the LSU School of Banking
Michelle Adcox has joined the PriorityOne Bank team as a Mortgage Loan Originator for the Lamar and Simpson County areas. Michelle has over 30 years of banking and mortgage lending experience.
Eric Adkins has joined our team as Vice President, Human Resources. Eric has 17 years of experience in the field of Human Resources and is a graduate of Mississippi College.
Friday, June 8, 2012
PriorityOne Bank has recently been made aware of some fraudulent activity, often referred to as phishing, targeting customers and non-customers of several local financial institutions. These messages have been sent by way of cell phone calls, text messages, and email. The automated phone calls typically ask the recipient to provide their debit card number and PIN for identification. Some victims are asked to “text” their bank account number to a phone number, or email it to any number of email addresses. The messages generally mention that the card number for the recipient has been deactivated. This is an effort to have the recipient contact a phone number or web site to provide card information this is information that could allow scammers to empty the victim’s bank account or open new credit cards in the victim’s name. These calls are not legitimate. Please be aware that PriorityOne Bank will never ask for personal or account information by e-mail or solicit account information by phone. Should an account holder receive a suspicious phone call or e-mail, do NOT give out any personal or account information. We believe these phishing attempts are done at random and are not targeted towards any specific financial institution. If you believe you have been a victim of a phishing attempt, please contact your financial services institution immediately; or report it to the US Attorney’s office at 662-238-7677. If you would like more information on phishing, how to avoid it and what to do if it happens to you, go to http://onguardonline.gov/phishing .
Friday, June 1, 2012
Advice for customers on how to take advantage of low-interest-rate environment
With interest rates at record lows, consumers face a number of choices for managing their money. Whether they want to save, spend or invest, consumers are encouraged to consider their options and choose the strategies that best suit their particular financial circumstances.
PriorityOne Bank offers the following tips for low-interest-rate periods:
2. Shop around for credit cards with the best interest rates. You may be able to get one with better terms than the one you are currently using. Or, ask your credit card issuer to lower your interest rate to make it more competitive.
3. Make large purchases now. If you’ve been thinking of making a major purchase like a house or a car, today’s low interest rates make it a good time to finance big-ticket items. However, make sure you have a good credit record and can pay off the loan before applying.
4. Know your credit score. Before you apply for any loan or credit card, check your credit report and learn your credit score. Make sure your score is higher than about 680 to qualify for the very best rates. If your score is lower than that, pay down your balances, remove errors from your credit report, and pay bills on time to raise your score.
5. Keep saving. Just because standard savings accounts aren’t paying a lot of interest now doesn’t mean you should stop saving for your future. Your savings will still accrue, you’ll be less likely to spend it, and you know it will be safe. If you can afford to lock up your money for a while, longer-term Certificates of Deposit (CDs) pay the highest interest rates.
“Low-interest-rate periods offer a variety of opportunities and challenges for customers deciding how to manage their money,” said Robert Barnes, CEO of PriorityOne Bank. “Customers should never take on more debt than they can afford to repay, but this could be a good time to consolidate debt to make payments easier, or make a home improvement you’ve been thinking about for a long time,” he added.
Customers who are unsure of how to take advantage of the current low-interest-rate environment are encouraged to speak with their local bank representative.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Joshua organized a go-cart race in Raymond, MS on Saturday, April 7, 2012 to help raise money to benefit the POB Relay Team and the American Cancer Society. Josh and his mother came to the Mendenhall branch the following week to bring in the proceeds from his fundraiser. We were floored to see that this young man had managed to raise $3,625.00 on his own to donate to Relay for Life. Cynthia Bynum, team leader for the PriorityOne Bank Simpson County Relay Team, said, "We are so thankful for Josh and his commitment to Relay for Life." We couldn't be more proud to have Joshua as a member of our team and we want to express our thanks to him for everything he has done, not only for our Relay team, but for the American Cancer Society and cancer research as a whole.