The Benefits of Online Statements

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by: Kitty T., Marketing Coordinator
With the constantly increasing delivery of goods ranging from groceries to clothing to tech gadgets, it’s no surprise that doorstep thieves are on the rise. This has become so commonplace that videos have gone viral on social media of residents leaving booby traps like “sparkle bombs” or decoy packages with…

Longer SBA Real Estate Loans Heating Up Business Property Market

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by: Mark A., SBA Division Director
A relatively new extended-maturity loan option from the U.S. Small Business Administration is heating up the real estate market among small businesses that are anxious to purchase properties while the economy is booming and interest rates remain low. In April 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced changes to its 504 loan…

Tips To Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
Trends in social engineering attacks Social engineering is on the rise, so it’s especially important to be vigilant against these attacks. The following are new trends in the world of social engineering: Vishing: The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) scam: The target receives a call, email, or a visit from a…

Protecting Yourself on Vacation

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by: Kitty T., Marketing Coordinator
Whether your spring break is in full swing, or you're getting back to your routine after a trip, it's important to be aware of how to protect yourself before, during, and after a vacation. Vacations give thieves and fraudsters opportunity to take advantage of empty homes and high spending. To truly have…

Protecting Your Business’ Privacy

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by: Saadia M., Director of Enterprise Risk & Chief Information Security Officer
At Hillcrest Bank your business' privacy is always on the forefront of our thoughts. That’s why we take security so seriously. To help you with maintaining your company’s data, we are arming you with quick tips for your business, and in your home. Incorporate these tips into your day-to-day routine and…