Arvest Bank to Participate in Apple Pay

Tuesday, October 21 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

You likely have heard the announcement from Apple about the availability of Apple Pay, allowing iPhone 6 users to make purchases at participating retailers directly from their phone. Apple worked only with six banks in advance to make Apple Pay available; all other banks were unable to begin the process to sign agreements and begin work until late September.  Arvest is working with our processors and other teams on the technical integration to make Apple Pay available to our customers. Because we are working as quickly as possible, we are unable to provide a firm date. Our goal is to bring Apple Pay to you as soon as possible; we are dependent on some of our processing partners and it may not be available for a few months. For more information, please read our release below which announced our intent to participate.

LOWELL, Ark. — Arvest Bank has reached an agreement with Apple, Inc., which will make the Apple Pay mobile wallet system available to Arvest customers. Arvest is one of the first regional banks to announce its participation in the mobile payment system first introduced by Apple on Sept. 9.

Apple Pay allows customers to load credit and debit cards from participating banks into an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, then simply hold the device near a contactless reader. According to Apple, there are approximately 220,000 locations with contactless readers in the U.S. Partnering retailers include Subway, McDonalds, Petco, Walgreens, Staples and Whole Foods, among others. Customers also can use Apple Pay to make purchases online through online retailers with apps that integrate Apple Pay, such as Target, Starbucks, MLB.com and Open Table. Additional retailers are expected to begin accepting Apple Pay payments in the near future.

“Arvest Bank is excited to partner with Apple to offer this service to our customers,” said Jason Kincy, Director of Marketing for Arvest Bank. “We embrace mobile technology that provides added convenience for our customers, and Apple Pay will give them a quick, easy way to make everyday purchases using a mobile device. With this agreement in place, we are working on integrating this new payment method into our processing and we anticipate making it available to our customers in the near future.”

Large banks already partnered with Apple in Apple Pay were announced with the launch of the system. They include Bank of America, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. The system is also partnered with card-issuers American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Apple’s newly introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have Near Field Communication (NFC) chips that allow the device to communicate with other devices within a range of about one inch. They are currently the only iPhones able to make in-store “tap and pay” purchases.

Once cards are uploaded into the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will verify the card with the customer’s bank for security and validity. A virtual “token” link between that card and that specific phone is stored in the Passbook app. The “token” number will not work on any other device or phone.

Tags: Mobile Banking, Press Release, Technology
 

Protecting Yourself Online

Tuesday, October 21 at 08:40 AM
Category: Arvest News

Though the internet has many advantages, it can also make users vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. According to a Norton Cybercrime Report, 556 million adults worldwide were victims of cybercrime in 2012. The American Bankers Association recommends the following tips to keep you safe online.

  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  • Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with. The American Bankers Association has provided additional information on phishing.*
  • Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at spam@uce.gov* and to the company, bank or organization impersonated in the email. [If you receive an unsolicited suspicious email claiming to be from Arvest Bank asking for personal information, please forward that email to us at reportfraud@arvest.com.]
  • Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc.  Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
  • Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
  • Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
  • Read the site’s privacy policies. Though long and complex, privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects. If you don’t see or understand a site’s privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.
  • Be wary of pop-ups or ads offering free security scans. Many messages are designed to scare you into believing your device is infected so you will purchase their service. These scams may actually end up costing you money and possibly cause you to download malware.

Be proactive about your online safety to help protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and other scams. 

Article courtesy of the American Bankers Association.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank.

Tags: Consumer Protection, Privacy and Security, Technology
 

Arvest Promotes In-store Branch Administrator

Tuesday, October 21 at 02:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're excited to promote Bayram Yildirim to Senior Vice President/Branch Administrator in Tulsa, Okla.

TULSA, Okla. — Arvest Bank recently promoted Bayram Yildirim to Senior Vice President/Branch Administrator in the Tulsa In-Store (Wal-Mart) locations.

Yildirim started his career with Arvest in 2006 and has managed four in-store locations during his tenure, most recently the new Catoosa location. He has a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern State University and a degree in Public Administration from Gazi University.

 

Tags: Associates, Oklahoma, Press Release, Tulsa
 

Great Outdoors Debit Cards Free This Week

Monday, October 20 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Do you count antlers instead of sheep when trying to fall asleep? Do you call in sick to work when you’re really off hunting or fishing? Do you feel like you were born to hunt but forced to work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll be excited to hear we’re offering our great outdoors debit cards free for a limited time.

To celebrate hunting and fishing season, we invite new and existing customers to enjoy our great outdoors debit cards free Oct. 20-25, 2014. Existing customers are typically charged a $5 replacement fee which will be waived for the great outdoors cards during this promotion. The great outdoors series includes: catch of the day, deer at dawn, flight at dusk and on the wing.

To order your card, call (866) 952-9523 or stop in your nearby Arvest Bank. Your card number will stay the same when you switch to the new design. You can check out more specialty debit card designs at arvest.com/style.

Available for use with checking accounts only; $50 minimum deposit required to open account.

Tags: Debit Cards
 

Harrison, Ark. Goblin Pep Rally Raises Food Items for 1 Million Meals

Monday, October 20 at 03:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students in Harrison, Ark., garnered 869 food items for those in need in the community. 

HARRISON, Ark. — In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of the 1 Million Meals initiative that challenges the community to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves.

As part of the 1 Million Meals outreach in North Central Arkansas, Arvest partnered with the Goblin Booster Club to hold a “Rally with the Goblins and Stuff the Truck” event at the Harrison Goblin Pep Rally on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The event featured Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell, who was recently crowned second runner-up at the Miss America Pageant. Campbell performed live for the crowd and was on hand to sign autographs and take photos with attendees.

During the pep rally, students, school employees and community members donated a total of 869 non-perishable food items to benefit Ozark Share and Care of Harrison. 

“Participating in Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative has provided us with a great way to teach our students about giving back to the community and helping those in need,” said Kim Rosson, president of the Goblin Booster Club. “I am so proud of all those in attendance at ‘Rally with the Goblins and Stuff the Truck’ who donated food items to support Ozark Share and Care in their mission to fight hunger.” 

Arvest’s 1 Million Meals campaign is ongoing through Nov. 1. Non-perishable food or monetary donations can be made at any of the four Arvest branches in Harrison or by calling (866) 952-9523. All local donations will benefit Ozark Share and Care.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

About Ozark Share and Care

Ozark Share & Care is a community-sponsored non-profit started in 1987, and has grown to be an essential part of the Harrison community. Emergency food, clothing, household items, bedding, and furniture are provided as available for anyone in need. Proof of income is required to determine eligibility, and any person who demonstrates need for services will be assisted, regardless of race, religion, nationality, physical, or mental abilities. Funds to operate the program are generated through the sale of donated items in the 5,000 square foot retail thrift store located on the property. Donations of new and used goods are received daily, and are sorted and sold in the thrift store. In addition to money generated from the thrift store, donations are received from individuals, organizations, clubs, churches, and businesses.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

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