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Cornhusker Bank Involves Community To Collect Shoes To Benefit People’s City Mission

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This year marks the 10th annual Cornhusker Bank One Day Without Shoes event for the benefit of People’s City Mission. In the history of the event Cornhusker Bank and organizations throughout the community that have partnered in the collection efforts have gathered over 162,000 pairs of shoes and cash donations for the Mission to buy new footwear of over $77,000.

Well over 100 locations throughout the community are partnering with the bank for this year’s shoe campaign and will be serving as collection sites for new, used, adult, and children’s wearable shoes. According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “The One Day Without shoes event has been phenomenally successful in giving bank associates and the community at large the opportunity to have a shared purpose which helps enhance our community and helps improve well-being of lives of individuals within it.”

New or used wearable shoes of all sizes will be collected at participating businesses throughout the community, including all Cornhusker Bank locations from from August 31 through September 12, 2020.

Cornhusker Bank Full Service Branch Now Serving the Omaha Community

As Cornhusker Bank celebrates its branch opening at 11102 Blondo St., STE 102 in Omaha, it looks forward to continuing to serve the community from this full service branch. While COVID-19 changed plans for an official open house, and protocol for public health safety dictates limiting exposure, the team welcomes you to stop by the new location. Entrance is by controlled access at this time to help keep the community and Cornhusker Bank associates as healthy as possible.

Allen Chaffee, Omaha market president, reports the staff of the Blondo location is eager to serve customers with a high level of expertise during this unprecedented year of challenges in the economy. Associates, Allen Chaffee; Jenn Latshaw, customer service specialist; Tyler Albers, VP/relationship manager; and Zach Baedke, senior banker are ready to help with the products, services, and advice community members may need to take control of their plans to meet their financial goals. During the period the CARES ACT Payroll Protection Program applications were able to be submitted, Cornhusker Bank served over 600 businesses, facilitating their ability to stay in operation. At this time, the staff would like to remind customers of the mobile and online services they provide to you to do your banking anytime or anyplace.

Earlier in the year, a newly formed partnership with Stephen Center and Cornhusker Bank was announced. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first event to benefit the Stephen Center, “One Day Without Shoes” was postponed. As everyone is aware, flexibility is paramount for event scheduling now, and Cornhusker Bank and the Stephen Center will let the public know specifics of the first big event for their benefit as soon as solid plans may be arranged.

group_building_interior_COVER_REVcropCornhusker Bank Chairman, John F. Dittman; Stephen Center Executive Director, Michael Wehling; Cornhusker Bank Omaha Market President, Allen Chaffee, Bank President/CEO, Barry Lockard, and Bank VP/Relationship Manager, Tyler Albers with a barrel of shoes staff donated before the One Day Without Shoes was postponed.

Cornhusker Bank President/CEO Barry Lockard noted, “Cornhusker Bank believes it has a responsibility to the community, not only through the services and products it provides financially, but socially as well. Cornhusker Bank’s local ownership and management allows it to know the market and its needs thoroughly and form lasting relationships with organizations and customers. The new Cornhusker Bank location on Blondo is an indication of the bank’s commitment to serving the Omaha market as both a knowledgeable advisor and good neighbor.”

The bank’s first day of business offering full service banking was May 18, 2020. A Grand Opening will be planned for the branch in the fall. The team at 11102 Blondo, STE 102, Omaha, NE is ready to help you and excited for the Omaha market to experience the Cornhusker Bank commitment to your success.

Stepping Up Efforts to Fight Fraud During Uncertain Times

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Cornhusker Bank understands the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives in many ways. During uncertain times like these, fraudsters use the situation to try to take advantage of people.  Cornhusker Bank wants you to know they are here to help protect you and your account(s).  

What Cornhusker Bank will do to continue to fight fraud:

The bank is remaining diligent with efforts to combat fraud. Cornhusker bank continues to monitor customer account(s) and notify customers of any unusual activity.   The bank takes extra care when performing transactions, and will not disclose your confidential information.  

Please make sure Cornhusker Bank has all your current contact information, including your phone number, address and email. This ensures bank staff is able to reach you with important information regarding your account(s).

What You can do to fight fraud:

Exercise caution while you’re navigating emails, social media, text messages and online news in order to help keep your information safe. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind:

  • Look for key indicators of scam emails: generic greetings, spelling and grammar mistakes, demands for immediate action, or use of threats.
  • Never click links or open attachments that you were not expecting or are from unfamiliar senders.
  • Beware of any online request for personal or sensitive information.
  • Go directly to reliable sources for COVID-19 information including the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

Remember, if Cornhusker Bank contacts you, you will not be asked for any personal and confidential information, including your debit card and social security numbers. If you receive a request to provide that information, do not disclose it, and contact Cornhusker Bank directly at 402-434-2265.

To verify your contact information or discuss other questions you may have, Cornhusker Bank is there to help you at 402-434-2265.

We’re here to help you

Just like you, we are concerned and following all the latest news about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are here for you and are committed to supporting you and our community through this time.

We’d like to reassure you we are taking precautions to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These steps include wiping down surfaces and ATMs with disinfectant regularly, frequent hand washing, and providing hand sanitizer for customers and employees in all locations.

If you would prefer not to visit our facilities, we will miss seeing you, but there are many ways you can manage your banking needs from anywhere, at anytime with the Cornhusker Bank app and at http://www.CornhuskerBank.com. The online and mobile tools give you the ability to access your accounts, deposit checks, make payments, transfer funds, and much more. If you aren’t already using these tools:

Download the Cornhusker Bank App

Enroll in Cornhusker Bank Online Banking

As always, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and community is our top concern. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and include additional measures to support our customers and employees as needed. Should you need assistance, please contact us at 402-434-2265.

Cornhusker Bank remains committed to your success and will help any way we can!

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Stepping Up Efforts to Fight Fraud During Uncertain Times

We understand the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted your life in many ways. During uncertain times like these, fraudsters use the situation to try to take advantage of you. We want you to know that we are here to help protect you and your account(s).

What Cornhusker Bank will do to continue to fight fraud:

We are remaining diligent with our efforts to combat fraud. We will continue to monitor your account(s) and notify you of any activity. We will take extra care when performing transactions, and we will not disclose your confidential information.

Please make sure we have all your current contact information, including your phone number, address and email. This ensures we are able to reach you with important information regarding your account(s).

What You can do to fight fraud:

Exercise caution while you’re navigating emails, social media and online news in order to help keep your information safe. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind:

  • Look for key indicators of scam emails: generic greetings, spelling and grammar mistakes, demands for immediate action, or use of threats.
  • Never click links or open attachments that you were not expecting or are from unfamiliar senders.
  • Beware of any online request for personal or sensitive information.
  • Go directly to reliable sources for Coronavirus (COVID-19) information including the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

Remember, if Cornhusker Bank contacts you, we will not ask for any personal and confidential information, including your debit card and social security numbers. If you receive a request to provide that information, do not disclose it, and contact Cornhusker Bank directly at 402-434-2265.

To verify your contact information or discuss other questions you may have, please call us. You can also confirm your information within Online Banking.

Temporary Changes to Lobby Services

Cornhusker Bank continues to monitor the situation in our community in an effort to help keep customers and employees safe and healthy. In order to help limit exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re taking appropriate steps in consideration of Federal and State leadership’s recommendations to protect our community’s welfare, while remaining open and available to handle our community’s banking needs:

Beginning on Friday, March 20, 2020, all branches will be closing their lobbies and offering services in drive-thrus only. Services will be expanded through the drive-thrus in order to assist customers. In-person meetings and access to your safe deposit boxes can be arranged by appointment. Contact us at 402-434-2265 or through your preferred branch. Please visit http://www.CornhuskerBank.com for the most up-to-date information on the current situation.

There are a number of alternative banking methods available to customers, including:

  • Accessing mobile banking features
  • Utilizing ATMs and/or branch Drive-Thrus
  • Calling Cornhusker Bank’s Customer Engagement Team for assistance with more in-depth needs at 402-434-2265
  • Calling your preferred Cornhusker Bank branch to request an appointment
  • Live online chat during regular business hours
  • Use our Drive-Thrus or ATMs See locations

If you find yourself experiencing financial hardships during this time, we may be able to help. Please call Cornhusker Bank at 402-434-2265 if we can assist you.

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Community Commitment

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Just like you, we are concerned and following all the latest news about COVID-19.  We are here for you and are committed to supporting you and our community through this time. 

We’d like to reassure you we are taking precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These steps include wiping down surfaces and ATMs with disinfectant regularly, frequent hand washing, and providing hand sanitizer for customers and employees in all locations.

If you would prefer not to visit our facilities, we will miss seeing you, but there are many ways you can manage your banking needs from anywhere, at anytime with the Cornhusker Bank app and at www.CornhuskerBank.com.  The online and mobile tools give you the ability to access your accounts, deposit checks, make payments, transfer funds, and much more.   If you aren’t already using these tools:

Download the Cornhusker Bank App

Enroll in Cornhusker Bank Online Banking

As always, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and community is our top concern.  We’ll continue to monitor the situation and include additional measures to support our customers and employees as needed.  Should you need assistance, please contact us at 402-434-2265.  

Cornhusker Bank remains committed to your success and will help any way we can!

Zachary Baedke Joins Cornhusker Bank Team

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce Zachary Baedke has been added to the Cornhusker Bank Team and will serve as Senior Banker/Customer Service Manager at the bank’s new location at 11102 Blondo, Suite 102 in Omaha.  Allen Chaffee, Omaha Market President for Cornhusker Bank reported that “Zach’s knowledge  gained from 10 years of banking experience makes him an excellent fit to handle branch management and complex customer service duties, including retail functions and consumer, home equity, and other personal loans for the bank’s Omaha customers”.  

Zach graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.  He is a volunteer with Project Payback at Millard Public Schools and at Ignition Church in Bennington, NE, serves as their bass guitarist.    

The Cornhusker Bank team at the Blondo location live in Omaha and its surrounding communities.  As neighbors and friends, providing the “WOW” experiences is among the most important things Cornhusker Bank can do to foster trusted, long-lasting relationships.  According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “Zach knows the community and its needs and will take an individually tailored approach to each customer’s situation.”

Cornhusker Bank remains locally owned, demonstrating Nebraska values, stability, soundness, and showing a commitment to the Omaha community with the opening of its full service Omaha location in the spring of 2020.  For more information visit www.CornhuskerBank.com.

Cornhusker Bank Promotes Essay and Gutschenritter

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Cornhusker Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Andrew Essay and Matthew Gutschenritter to Vice President/ Mortgage Loan Officer.

Andrew Essay has been with Cornhusker Bank since December of 2013.   Matthew Gutschenritter has been with the Bank since September of 2012.  Both have proven themselves valuable assets to the Cornhusker Bank Mortgage Loan Team, developing and building relationships with customers by identifying their needs and expectations while offering them value in the products and services offered. Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO reported, “Andrew and Matt consistently display a high level of skill in understanding the market, rules and regulations pertaining to mortgages and recommending the best products for customers’ goals, and both have been recognized by the Nebraska Mortgage Association multiple times as members of its Champions Circle.”

Cornhusker Bank remains the area’s oldest locally owned bank, demonstrating Nebraska values, stability, soundness, and showing a commitment to its customers, associates, and community.  For more information visit, www.CornhuskerBank.com

Cornhusker Bank Involves Community To Collect Shoes To Benefit People’s City Mission

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This year marks the 10th annual Cornhusker Bank One Day Without Shoes event for the benefit of People’s City Mission. In the history of the event Cornhusker Bank and organizations throughout the community that have partnered in the collection efforts have gathered over 162,000 pairs of shoes and cash donations for the Mission to buy new footwear of over $77,000.

Well over 100 locations  throughout the community are partnering with the bank for this year’s shoe campaign and will be serving as collection sites for new, used, adult, and children’s wearable shoes from April 4 through April 17, 2020. According to Barry Lockard, Cornhusker Bank President/CEO, “The One Day Without shoes event has been phenomenally successful in giving bank associates and the community at large the opportunity to have a shared purpose which helps enhance our community and helps improve well-being of lives of individuals within it.”

New or used wearable shoes of all sizes will be collected at participating businesses throughout the community, including all Cornhusker Bank locations from April 4 through April 17, 2020. On Saturday, April 4th, Cornhusker Bank will also have a FREE shred day at the 8310 O Street location only. This “Shred and Shoes” event will provide the community a terrific opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted paper documents and drop off shoe donations without ever leaving their vehicles.   

Cornhusker Bank invites the community to join bank associates and representatives of businesses which are collecting shoes, as we host a press conference on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 at 10:45 a.m. with People’s City Mission at Cornhusker Bank Center, 8310 O Street in Lincoln. The press conference will include information about the impact of the event on the Mission and the community. Everyone is also invited to join the walk immediately following the press conference from the Bank to the Mission’s Help Center at 68th and P Street, to help raise awareness of the need for adequate footwear in our community. A free lunch will also be served at the Cornhusker Bank Center from 11:00 am to 1 pm on April 14th. 

 

New Year, New You… Same W-2 Tax Scam

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MS-ISAC provides the following information to help with your security. Tax season is in full swing, which means criminals will go to great lengths to separate you from your money, your identity, or anything of value that is within their reach. They may offer seemingly legitimate “tax services” that are actually designed to steal your identity and your tax refund. Often times, criminals will lure you in with an offer of larger write-offs or refunds. Such scams might include fake websites and tax forms that look like they belong to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to trick you into providing your personal information.

Due to the rise in data breaches, you should always take steps to minimize your risk of identity theft and other online-related crimes; this is especially important this time of the year. Below are some warning signs to look for and basic precautions you can take to minimize risk and avoid becoming the next victim!

Warning Signs of an Online Tax Scam

  • An email or link requesting personal and/or financial information, such as your name, social security number, bank or credit card account numbers, or any additional security-related information.
  • Emails containing various forms of threats or consequences if no response is received, such as additional taxes or blocking access to your funds.
  • Emails from the IRS or federal agencies. The IRS will not contact you via email.
  • Emails containing exciting offers, tax refunds, incorrect spelling, grammar, or odd phrasing throughout.
  • Emails discussing “changes to tax laws.” These email scams typically include a downloadable document (usually in PDF format) that purports to explain the new tax laws. However, unbeknownst to many, these downloads are almost always populated with malware that, once downloaded, will infect your computer.

How to Avoid Being the Victim

  • Never Send Sensitive Information in an Email: Information sent through email can be intercepted by criminals. Make sure to consistently check your financial account statements and your credit report for any signs of unauthorized activity.
  • Secure Your Computer: Ensure your computer has the latest security updates installed. Check that your anti-virus and anti-spyware software are running properly and receiving automatic updates from the vendor. If you haven’t already done so, install and enable a firewall.
  • Carefully Select the Sites You Visit: Safely searching for tax forms, advice on deductibles, tax preparers, and other similar topics requires great caution. NEVER visit a site by clicking on a link sent in an email, found on someone’s blog, or in an advertisement. The websites you land on might look like legitimate sites, but can also be very well-crafted fakes.
  • Be Wise with Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi hotspots are intended to provide convenient access to the internet, however, this convenience can come at a cost. Public Wi-Fi is not secure and is susceptible to eavesdropping by hackers, therefore, never never use public Wi-Fi to file your taxes!
  • Look for Clear Signs: Common scams will tout tax rebates, offer great deals on tax preparation, or offer a free tax calculator tool. If you did not solicit the information, it’s likely a scam.
  • Be on the Watch for Fake IRS Scams: The IRS will not contact you via email, text messaging, or your social network, nor does it advertise on websites. Additionally, if an email appears to be from your employer or bank claiming there is an issue that requires you to verify personal information, this is most likely a scam as well. Don’t respond to these types of emails; always contact the entity directly.
  • Always Utilize Strong Passwords: Cybercriminals have developed programs that automate the ability to guess your passwords. To best protect yourself, make your passwords difficult to guess. Passwords should have a minimum of nine characters and include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

If you receive a tax-related phishing or suspicious email at work, report it according to your organization’s cybersecurity policy. If you receive a similar email on your personal account, the IRS encourages you to forward the original suspicious email (with headers or as an attachment) to its phishing@irs.gov email account, or to call the IRS at 800-908-4490. More information about tax scams is available on the IRS website and in the IRS Dirty Dozen list of tax scams.

For More Information

IRS | Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

IRS | Report Phishing

IRS Dirty Dozen

These links are provided because they have information that may be useful. The Center for Internet Security (CIS) does not warrant the accuracy of any information contained in the links and neither endorses nor intends to promote the advertising of the resources listed herein. The opinions and statements contained in such resources are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of CIS.

Avoid Holiday Fraud Schemes

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Fraud schemes are hardly limited to the holidays, but they tend to spike during this high-spending and stressful time of the year. You can be aware of fraud tactics that will help you avoid becoming a victim.

Be skeptical about calls, texts, and emails:

  • Cornhusker Bank and its fraud partners will not contact you asking for cardholder data, such as card numbers, PINs, CV2 Codes, or Expiration Dates.
  • Do not respond to people who contact you asking for personal or financial information. Do not share your account numbers, Social Security numbers or other sensitive information.
  • Do not open emails, email attachments or click on links in emails that you do not recognize.
  • Do not share your online banking information with anyone.

Beware of common scams:

  • Avoid online shopping deals that are too good to be true.
  • Always book travel through a business that is familiar to you.
  • Do not make any donations or payments with a gift card or wire transfer.
  • Legitimate charities will not pressure you to make donations immediately.
  • Do not send money by wire to a “relative” who claims to be stuck in a crisis away from home.

Protect your accounts:

  • Enrollment in online/mobile banking provides peace of mind with 24/7 access to balances and transactions.
  • Debit card fraud services alert customers by text or by phone of potential unauthorized transactions.
  • CardValet allows customers control their debit card usage; limits can be set on transaction amounts, merchant types and spending locations, with alerts each time the debit card is used.

Call Cornhusker Bank at 402-434-2265 if you are concerned about any contact or solicitation. The Customer Engagement team will be glad to help!