Crisp County News & Events
SGBC Offers Six Ways to Avoid Online Shopping Scams
In the wake of recent data breaches, shoppers should be on high alert while purchasing items online.
“While millions of credit and debit card transactions are conducted safely every day, it’s important that consumers are aware of the potential for online scams,” said Melinda Moore, Senior Vice President.
South Georgia Banking Company offers the following tips to help consumer keep their information safe whether shopping in the store or online:
• Monitor your account. Use online and mobile banking to keep an eye on your transactions, especially during the holidays. Notify the bank right away if there’s any fraudulent activity.
• Beware of phishing scams. During the holidays, criminals will create a fake email for a deal that’s too good to be true. If you click on any links within the email, you may be downloading malware onto your computer or you may be asked for payment information that could lead to fraud.
• Limit large sums of cash. Even though we’ve seen financial crime migrate from physical to cyber, customers should be careful not to carry around large sums of cash when shopping.
• Secure your internet connection. If shopping online, make sure you do so from a password protected Wi-Fi network. Never access online banking from a public Wi-Fi network.
• Shop safely. Before making an online purchase, 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.
Faye Leary: Commitment to Connections at SGBC
Customer Service Representative (CSR) Faye Leary has been with South Georgia Banking Company – in the Cordele branch – for 18 years and takes to heart the term “connection” which defines the way SGBC relates to customers and the community.
Faye gets a lot of satisfaction out of being a CSR, “I am a people person so I enjoy the day-to-day interaction with our customers and helping them any way I can,” says Faye. She added, “Across all our bank locations, we are one big family. We genuinely care about each other and it makes the work experience that much more enjoyable.”
In addition to the relationships Faye has built with her customers and coworkers, she is also invested in the community. Faye and her husband, Earl, are actively involved in their church, Beulah Land Baptist Church. They thoroughly enjoy being grandparents and participating in their grandchildren’s activities. Faye and her SGBC “family” take pride in their participation of Relay for Life as well as the support given to community schools and law enforcement.
“I know personally how it feels when I don’t get quality customer service,” Faye continued, “whether it is on the telephone or in person. I always keep that in mind when dealing with customers, because I know they deserve the very best!” Faye strives to offer the kind of customer service that makes SGBC stand out from the competition. South Georgia Banking Company is proud to have representatives like Faye who demonstrate the heart of our business every day.
South Georgia Banking Company’s Peanut Butter Drive resulted in exactly 100 jars of peanut butter to benefit Cordele’s local food pantry, Hand of Hope. Thank you to our customers and community for helping us spread hope to those in need! Each jar will be used to fill tables and improve lives. Pictured are Beverly Helms with South Georgia Banking Company and Donna Stripling with Hand of Hope.
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