Tis the Season to Prevent Identity Fraud

Tuesday, October 06 at 09:45 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Nothing can spoil the holidays like discovering that someone has stolen your credit card information, Social Security number, or other personal information. Here are 10 smart ways to protect yourself from identity theft during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

  1. Never carry your Social Security card with you unless you need it for a specific purpose. Carry your checkbook and credit cards only when you need them.
  2. Keep your credit cards in sight during in-person transactions to prevent “skimming.” This crime occurs when employees run your card through a separate device to steal its information.
  3. When entering your PIN at an ATM, stand close and block the keyboard with your body so that others can’t see your PIN.
  4. When shopping online, be sure to use only secure (password protected) networks. Never shop on public computers, such as those in libraries or classrooms.
  5. Do not save credit card information on any online shopping websites. Even companies you trust can be victims of security breaches.
  6. Beware of phishing scams. Thieves know that during the holidays, many people are distracted, making it easier to trick you into sharing private information online. Stay alert, and never provide any personal information via email.
  7. Keep mobile devices like smartphones and tablets locked with passwords, and do not store confidential information on them.
  8. Don’t leave package deliveries unattended at home. Thieves can not only steal the merchandise you’ve ordered, but any personal information that may be included in the package as well. If you can’t bring a package inside when it’s delivered, ask a friend or neighbor to help you out, or arrange to pick up the package from the delivery service’s office.
  9. Look over all bank statements, credit card statements and other bills as soon as they arrive to make sure no unauthorized charges appear. If they do, notify the bank and/or biller immediately.
  10. Activate your credit file monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring with IDProtect™. They will check your credit reports to monitor them for unauthorized activity, such as collection notices on accounts you have not used or new accounts that you did not open; as well as provide continuous monitoring of over 1,000 databases including credit, public records, property records and more.
Tags: Consumer Protection, Credit Cards, Financial Education, Fraud Alert, IDProtect, Privacy and Security

Friday Financial Forum Oct. 9 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, October 06 at 04:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla*. 

Remember to bring your non-perishable food items to the forum this week for the Bedlam Challenge for 1 Million Meals! We will help you bring them in and place them on the team table of your choice!

What you can expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • News: "The Scoop" - all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Stock Report & Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Asset Management

Each week is different with a few surprises! Come join us for cookies and coffee and hear about what’s going on! 

If you have any questions or would like to add someone to the email invitation list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

**Josh Randolph - Oklahoma Insurance License #122041

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Bartlesville, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma

Fall Fun for Kids

Monday, October 05 at 11:35 AM
Category: Personal Finance
Summer may be long gone, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Fall can be one of the greatest times of year for fun family activities. With falling leaves and crisp temperatures, fall is a great time to be outside. Here are some healthy (and inexpensive) ways for the entire family to have fun this season:
  • Get baking. Fall is a great time to bake pies, such as apple and pumpkin pies.
  • Go hiking. Visit state parks to find safe and family-friendly trails.
  • Camp out. You can visit a campground or set up one right in your backyard.
  • Decorate your front door. Your kids will be able to show their artistic talents for all to see.
  • Make a scarecrow. That's one sure way to make good use of all those fall leaves.
  • Have a campfire. Toast marshmallows or make s'mores.
  • Attend a football game. If you can't afford a professional or college game, cheer on your hometown high school team.
  • Play flag football. Gather extended family, neighbors, and friends for a healthy competition.
  • Jump in the leaves. It's a fun way for kids to get exercise.
  • Make Halloween costumes. If your kids are excited for Halloween, work with them to make their own costumes. You'll save money and spend quality time together.
  • Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Kids can pick apples or pumpkins, go on tractor rides, and pet animals.
  • Have family game nights. Nothing brings a family together better than a game of Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders.
  • Build a fort. Take those blankets out of storage and put them to good use by building a fort with your children.
  • Have a fall party for kids. Plan activities, such as crafts, sack races, and apple bobbing.
  • Go for a scenic drive. Fall is a great time to view beautiful scenery and foliage.
Winter will be here before you know it, so be sure to get out and have some fall fun. 


Branson, Mo., Downtown Branch Closing

Monday, October 05 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We will be closing the Arvest Bank Branson Downtown branch located at 510 Branson Landing Blvd. in Branson, Mo., effective Dec. 31, 2015. 

Customers who previously opened an account at the Branson Downtown branch or whose address on their account is near this branch, will automatically have their account transferred to our nearby branch at 5601 Gretna Road in Branson.

We have two reasons for making this change. First, accessibility into and out of the Branson Downtown branch is challenging, even during off-peak traffic hours. And second, the branch building, which we purchased from Bank of America in March 2013, is too small to house the numerous banking services we typically offer in our branch facilities, and expansion of this older facility is not feasible.

The full range of services Arvest offers is available at two nearby branches we have constructed on Gretna Road and in Hollister, Mo.

Our branch at 5601 Gretna Road, built in January 2007, and approximately three miles away, has over 5,000 square feet and features a spacious walk-in facility, plus four drive-through lanes (including a separate ATM lane), which we believe will serve your needs much better. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

Our Hollister branch at 139 Gage Drive, built in December 2008, and approximately four miles away, has over 4,000 square feet and features a spacious walk-in facility, plus four drive-through lanes (including a separate ATM lane). It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturdays. 

In addition to those two branches in the immediate area, Arvest Bank also has four branches in Springfield, one branch in Branson West, and one currently in Nixa with a second Nixa location under construction. There are also 23 ATM locations throughout the area. 

If you prefer you can also bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:
As you can see, we are committed to offering you the most customer-friendly and modern network of banking locations in an effort to make banking with Arvest as convenient as possible. If you have any questions or comments, contact Aaron Abernathy, Branch Manager, at (417) 243-4285. We appreciate your business and the trust you have placed in us.
Tags: Missouri

2015 Art Contest “Military Heroes”

Monday, October 05 at 05:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’ll be hosting a children’s art contest with the theme “military heroes.” The contest is open to any child in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Drawing should be in color and on a white 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper and depict what “military heroes” means to the child. Please do not identify any names on the drawing. Complete the art contest entry form and attach to the final artwork. Email aspradlin@arvest.com for a copy of the entry form. Entries without an entry form will not be judged. 

All drawings must be delivered or postmarked by Nov. 3, 2015. Completed entry forms and artwork may be sent to: Arvest Bank, Attn: Angela Spradlin, 5201 S.W. Lee Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505.  

Winners and Prizes
Arvest Bank will award the top three individuals in each of the following age divisions: 
  • Age Division 1: Kindergarten – First Grade 
  • Age Division 2: Second and Third Grade 
  • Age Division 3: Fourth through Sixth Grade 
The following prizes will be awarded in each division:  
  • 1st place: PC Tablet 
  • 2nd place: $50 Arvest Visa Gift Card 
  • 3rd place: $25 Arvest Visa Gift Card 
Winners will be announced at a Veteran’s Day reception Nov. 11, 4-6 p.m. at the Armed Services YMCA located at 900 N.W. Cache Rd., Lawton, Okla. R.S.V.P. to (580) 250-4503. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

For questions contact Angela Spradlin at (580) 250-4540 or aspradlin@arvest.com.  
All artwork becomes property of Arvest Bank and will not be returned.

Tags: Community Support, Lawton, Oklahoma, Southwest Oklahoma

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