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It's Fraud Season: Protect Yourself

by Stacy Tharp 25. July 2014

Who doesn't love summertime at its prime? Long bright days, cheerful singing birds, crab feasts with family and friends, and of course a spike in crime. Summer is an especially big season for debit card fraud. Our security team works hard to prevent you from becoming a victim of debit card fraud so that even if your wallet is lost or stolen, no one else is able to make purchases on your card. It’s equally important that you take action to help protect yourself. Here is a list of things you should do to help protect yourself from being a victim of debit card fraud:

1) Use your debit card often.

If you use your debit card for the majority of your purchases, we’ll be able to get a good sense of your normal spending patterns. If you only use your debit card once in a blue moon, it becomes more difficult to know whether an attempted transaction may be fraudulent.

2) Alert us when you will be out of town.

Most people know to alert their bank when they are leaving the country, or even the state. But even if you are going to Ocean City for the weekend, this may be considered abnormal for you. It’s easy to alert us of a trip, simply give us a call, email a customer service representative or stop in your local branch.

3) Make sure we have your correct phone number(s).

If we think there has been unusual activity on your debit card, the first thing we’ll do is call you to find out whether or not it was you who made the purchase. If we cannot get in touch with you, we’d rather be safe than sorry, and we temporarily shut down your card so transactions cannot be completed. Call a customer service representative or stop in your local branch to verify or update your phone number.

4) Be smart about your personal identification number (PIN).

Do not choose something that is easy for others to guess, such as your birthday. Do not share your PIN with anyone and do not keep the number in your wallet.

5) Store your debit card in a secure place.

A card holder in your wallet is a good place to keep your debit card because that makes it difficult to fall out. If you keep your debit card loose in your pocket, it can easily fall out without you noticing when you pull out your keys or phone (this goes for cash too!).

6) Monitor your debit card transactions.

Use Online Banking and/or Mobile Banking to monitor your transactions. If you have debit cards with multiple banks, use Mariner360 to monitor all of your transactions in one place. If you notice any transactions that you did not authorize, contact us immediately.

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Infographic: Are Maryland Private Schools Worth the Price Tag?

by Sara Seeger 23. July 2014

All parents want to give their children the best education possible, and many believe that private grade schools and high schools provide the best opportunities. But as the average cost of private schools continue to rise, people are asking themselves, is the price tag worth it?

Are Private Schools Worth the Price Tag?

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Proud Participants in Operation Hire: Maryland's 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challange

by Lauren Banner-Russo 2. July 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs Seal

July 4th is an exciting time of the year; it's a time for cookouts with friends and family. Many people dress up in patriotic colors and honor our freedom with parades and fireworks. While these are fun ways to celebrate, it is important to remember the veterans and active duty military that fight to keep our freedom every day!

1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Division has put a large focus on hiring more veterans in 2014 and are making great strides to meet these goals. The Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs has put out a challenge to employers in the State of Maryland called Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge.

The focus of Operation Hire is to increase veteran hiring in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is challenging employers to either expand or create veteran hiring initiates within their companies. 1st Mariner Bank’s Recruitment Division is proud to participate in this challenge and will continue to make great strides toward hiring more veterans.

This challenge is a great way to get more employers passionate about hiring veterans! If you are interested in reading more about the Challenge, visit: http://veterans.maryland.gov/operation-hire-marylands-100-day-veteran-hiring-challenge/.

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