Advice & More from Blackhawk Bank | February 2017

IRS Warning: New email phishing combines W-2 theft and wire fraud.  Companies have already lost thousand$ to scams. Don't let it happen
to you.

The IRS is warning of one of the "most dangerous" kinds of phishing scams in which fraudsters are successfully tricking organizations into sending wage data on employees and then making fraudulent wire transfers.

The fraudsters have also widened their pool of potential victims beyond corporations to school districts, not-for-profit organizations, tribal casinos, chain restaurants and temporary staffing agencies.

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Jim Reynolds Joins Blackhawk Bank's Business  Division

With 16 years in both retail and business banking and 6 years in financial planning, insurance, and investments, Jim's skills are an asset to local business owners, entrepreneurs and to Blackhawk Bank's business team.   

“Jim's a well-known and respected guy for his work in the local financial services arena, and in a variety of professional organizations in Rockford and Belvidere. He has a passion for helping clients and mentoring our community’s youth. We welcome Jim’s expertise and his commitment to the communities he lives and works in,” says Dave Adkins, President & COO.

Jim has been Youth Director at his church for 13 years and serves on the Rockford University Alumni Association Board.   He's been involved with scouting for Belvidere High School Football, served on the Literacy Council Board of Directors, and coached Belvidere Youth Baseball teams. Jim also held associate membership in the Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association.

Jim's office is located at 2475 N. Perryville Road, Rockford. Office: 815.986.7120 | Cell: 815.299.1315 Email:  

Blackhawk Bank Welcomes Georgia Ruggles 

Georgia Ruggles has joined Blackhawk Bank as a Personal Banker serving clients from its Belvidere, Illinois office.  

“We’re extremely pleased to have another well-known, skilled banker on our team. Georgia possesses superior banking expertise acquired through 38 years of managing a local bank branch and being a personal banker.  She helps clients by sharing trustworthy advice and putting the right banking products to work for them,” said Donna Schultz, Vice President/Regional Banking Center Manager. “Georgia has worked with many local people and business owners, digging in to help solve the challenges they face on a daily basis."

Georgia's office is located at 2141 N. State Street in Belvidere; clients and friends can reach her by calling 815.986.7167 or by emailing
(NMLS# 610264)

A native of Belvidere, Georgia is a 37-year board member and treasurer for the Boone County Crime Stoppers, and is a board member of Parkside Manor of Belvidere.  She was previously a member of the Benevolent Society of the Aged.  Georgia and her husband Tom reside in Boone County. Together they love motorcycling and going to car shows.

When asked for three words that Georgia and Blackhawk Bank have in common, she replied, "Attention to customers!"

"Ouch!" The monthly security awareness newsletter for everyone. 

Staying Secure on the Road

We want you to be able to make the most of technology at all times, including when you travel. In this newsletter, we cover how you can connect to the Internet and use your devices securely on the road.

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