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New "How To" Videos!
In the age of YouTube, there is nothing we cannot search for and learn to do on our own. Community First has created 10 “How To” videos to show how easy it is to sign up for online/mobile banking, remote deposit a check, how to make an online loan payment, setting up bill pay, and more. 

We understand using electronic services can be intimidating to some, but these videos will clearly empower you to utilize these free, safe, and time-saving banking features. 
  
Check out our video collection here ! Is there any other “How To” video you’d like to see? Let us know. 
COVID-19 Testing Phone Scam 
Phone scammers do not skip a beat. The FBI is warning the public about multiple health care scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The FBI, along with the FCC, have received reports of scam phone calls and text messages offering free home testing kits, promoting fake cures, selling health insurance, and preying on virus-related fears. Some of the phone calls and text message scams are impersonating government agencies. 

Text message scams may falsely advertise offers of testing for coronavirus.  Do not click on any links in a text related to the virus. 
 
Additionally, people have reported to receiving calls and text messages “claiming to be from the ‘FCC Financial Care Center’ and offering $30,000 in COVID-19 relief.”  There is no FCC program  providing relief funds to consumers.   

Phone calls and text messages like these are likely phishing attempts to get your personal and banking information. Do not give out any personal or banking information to anyone who calls or messages you. The US government will not call or message you asking for personal information or money. 

The FCC offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from scams, including coronavirus scams: 
  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren't hacked.
  • Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating. 
For more information about scam calls and texts, visit the  FCC Consumer Help Center  and the  FCC Scam Glossary
Stimulus Checks FYI 
In an effort to restart the economy, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will be sending checks to households that have filed taxes in the past.

If you have filed your tax returns electronically, and have provided the IRS with your bank account information, your stimulus funds will come to you automatically. 

The U.S. Treasury will send weekly batches of files to financial institutions –– like Community First –– for disbursement on Wednesdays. This routine will be repeated for several weeks, until all electronic filers have been accommodated. Note that Community First is ONLY a recipient of files provided by the government. We have no control over the timing of arrival, availability, or the order in which funds are received. 

If you filed a paper tax return –– and did not provide the IRS with direct deposit information –– Treasury will send you a paper stimulus check. The Treasury Department will start sending paper stimulus checks very soon. Each week, the Treasury plans to send approximately five million paper stimulus checks, starting with taxpayers with the lowest adjusted gross income. The last paper checks are thought to arrive to households by late-June.

Should you get a paper check, we urge you to deposit via ATM, or through remote deposit capture with your smartphone –– instead of coming to the branch. That way, we keep you and our employees safe from the potential spread of COVID-19.

If you’ve never deposited a check via ATM or smartphone, be sure to watch our handy “how to” videos on our website that show you just how easy it is.

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