Combatting Fraud: Tech Support Scams

Odd pop-up on your computer? Beware the tech support scam!

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Banking Without a Branch

There was a time when 100% of banking happened inside of a bank’s physical location. Over time technology has improved to allow customers and members to bank more conveniently with drive-thru teller lines, ATMs, debit cards, online banking, digital wallets and mobile check deposits.

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Combatting Fraud: Identity Theft

Perhaps the scariest scam out there is getting your identity stolen. Here are some resources to help you understand how identity theft happens and how you can protect yourself 

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Looking for a New Car? Get Tips From Our Car Loan Expert Berry Ellis Before You Do!

Summer is here, and it’s time to buy a new car. We know that the car-buying process can be overwhelming – especially when you’re trying to get the best deal. We interviewed Berry Ellis, the AVP of Consumer Lending here at Gulf Winds to get answers to some of the questions we hear the most.

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Combatting Fraud: Charity Scams

Chances are, you’ve been solicited for a donation to a charity organization. Whether it’s your college alumni association or another cause that is near to your heart, you may feel compelled to give when you receive a call or letter...

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Applying for College Financial Aid

School is out for the summer, and you’re probably thinking that you have a break from the stress of thinking about anything school related. But if you have a student who will be a junior or senior in high school next school year, it’s time to get serious about college.

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Should You Finance a Vacation?

If you want to plan a vacation for your family, you may be considering whether or not to take out a personal loan to pay for your trip. Either way, you have options.

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Features to Look for in a New Car

It’s almost summer time and you are in the market for a new set of wheels. All of the features and technology in cars can be overwhelming when choosing what you want in a vehicle. How do you decide which features are must-haves and which can you skip? 

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Combatting Fraud: Money Wiring Scams

One of the most popular scams involves someone asking you to wire money to them or a company. Maybe you were contacted by a “friend” asking you for financial help; or you’ve been told you won a contest or lottery and that you have to pay taxes or fees before your prize can be paid out.

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Tips for Teaching Your Kids About Finances

You may think that your personal finances are above your children’s head, but it is never too early to begin teaching smart money habits. You want the best for your kids and to provide them with all the tools they need to be successful as they grow up. Part of that foundation is helping them understand the value of earning, spending, saving and investing money.

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Planning Ahead for Your Wedding Day

If you’re finding the costs of your wedding to be higher than you anticipated, you’re not alone. According to popular wedding magazine The Knot, the average American wedding costs upward of $35,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on one day, especially for twenty- and thirty-somethings.

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April is Financial Literacy Month

Whether you’re saving for a vacation next year, or retirement in thirty years, being knowledgeable is the key to success in reaching your financial goals. And no matter what your goals are, we have some tips that can help you stay on track.

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Caller ID Spoofing Scams

Scammers will try anything to try and trick you into thinking they are legitimate callers. One of the latest scam techniques involves “spoofing” a phone number, meaning that when they call you, it appears that they are calling from a particular number.

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Mortgage Scams and How to Identify Them

Mortgage scams come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and scammers do not discriminate when trying to commit mortgage fraud. So, before you make any changes to your mortgage, check to make sure your “once-in-a-lifetime” offer isn’t on this list.

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Personal Finance Book Recommendations for 2019

There has probably been one time or another that you’ve joked about wishing you had a money tree growing in your backyard. While you can’t plant a tree that magically sprouts dollar bills, you can learn how to boost your income and investing to improve your finances over time.

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