Security Alert – Card Cracking Scams Prey on Recent College Grads and Others

Criminals have created yet another trick to scam vulnerable individuals out of their money. This time, it is college students and other millennials that are the primary targets. It’s called “Card Cracking” or “Card Popping.” It can occur in a variety of scenarios. The most common case involves a fraudster reaching out to an individual with an enticing plea for help to cash a check in return for some quick cash.  The account holder is then convinced to give the scammer their debit card or reveal bank account credentials, enabling the scammer to deposit a fake check and make an immediate withdrawal. The account holder is then instructed to report the debit card stolen to the bank — making him or her a criminal accomplice and subject to prosecution.

TIPS TO AVOID FINANCIAL SCAMS

  • Avoid email, text, social media, or phone solicitations promising easy money
  • Never share your bank or credit card account number or PIN (Citywide Banks will never ask for your personal info in an email or social media message)
  • Regularly monitor your bank account activity, and report any suspicious transactions to your bank immediately
  • Never file a false fraud claim with a bank
  • Report suspicious social media posts or other solitications to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office

As a reminder, Citywide Banks will never ask for personal information in an email or through social media. Any email or social media message claiming to be from Citywide Banks requesting personal information such as Social Security number, online IDs, or passwords, should not be trusted or opened. If you receive an email or other communication from Citywide Banks asking for personal information, please contact Customer Service at 303-365-3650 so that we may investigate.

For additional tips on protecting your personal information, visit the Citywide Banks Information Security website section at www.CitywideBanks.com/information-security or the Colorado Attorney General’s Office website at www.StopColoradoFraud.org.

Citywide Banks Presents Financial Literacy Classes at Arrupe Jesuit High School

For the third straight year, Citywide Banks sponsored the EverFi (TM) financial literacy program for students at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver. This week, more than 85 graduating seniors were certified in the program that aims to better prepare young adults to effectively manage money and avoid the pitfalls of financial debt. Citywide Banks has partnered with EverFi to bring the financial management program to these high school students at no cost to the school. […]

Citywide Banks Raising Money for Denver’s Youth as Presenting Sponsor of 2015 Colorado Golf Foundation Fundraising Tournament

Citywide Banks has teamed with the Colorado Golf Foundation for the fourth-straight year to present the nonprofit’s 2015 Fundraising Tournament on May 28th at the CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora. The money raised will help fund youth programs at the foundation, including the Solich Caddie and Leadership Academy and CommonGround’s community partnership activities. The programs supported by the Colorado Golf Foundation primarily target underprivileged kids in metro Denver communities. […]

Citywide Banks Helps Raise $12,500 for Aurora Youth Options, a Dynamic Mentoring Program

Citywide Banks was the presenting sponsor and matching donor for Aurora Mental Health Center’s 2015 Spring Benefit held on May 1, 2015. The event raised $12,546, which will go to Aurora Youth Options (AYO), an offshoot program of Aurora Mental Health Center focused on youth mentoring and family engagement activities. The proceeds raised at the event includes a special donation matching fund created by Citywide Banks. […]

REMINDER: Citywide Banks Drive-Ups Now Closed on Saturdays

As a reminder, beginning May 2, 2015, Citywide Banks will no longer offer drive-up teller service on Saturdays at any of its branch locations. Night drops and ATMs remain available 24 hours a day. Additionally, the bank continues to offer a full spectrum of online banking services including its Remote Deposit Anywhere as part of the Mobile OnlineOption(TM) app. Existing operating hours continue unchanged during the weekdays. Full Citywide Banks branch information is available at http://www.citywidebanks.com/colorado/bank-locations.html. For additional assistance, please call Customer Service at 303-365-3650. […]

Longmont Humane Society Surges on Final Day to Win Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Longmont Humane Society edged out six other Colorado nonprofits to rally the most votes in Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest. The 21-day Facebook contest raised awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. Longmont Humane Society will receive a $5,000 cash donation from the bank, while runner-up, EarthLinks, will receive $1,000. An additional $1,500 in donations will be split among the other nominees based on final vote standings. Aurora Mental Health Center will receive an extra $500 donation for growing its Facebook network the most during the contest. […]

Pass It On, Citywide Banks is Now Hiring!

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DID YOU VOTE YET? Seven Colorado Charities in Tight Race for Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest

The final days for the Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest are here, and the race for $8,000 in donations is very close. All seven nominated Colorado nonprofits will get a donation, and one will receive $5,000. The amount depends on rallying supporters to vote on Facebook and share the contest with friends, coworkers, and family. More votes means more critical funds for the nonprofit. See below on how each nominee plans to spend the money if they win the top $5,000 donation. The contest will end at midnight on April 30th. […]

Citywide Banks Teams with Latino Community Foundation to Raise $250,000 for Colorado Charities through Piggy Banks

Citywide Banks and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) have partnered to launch a three-year grassroots campaign to educate Latinos and others about the importance of philanthropy and investing in our local community. Using the classic coin collecting container, the “piggy bank,” LCFC and Citywide Banks want to educate and engage the Latino community in philanthropy by encouraging families and individuals to save money in their piggy banks. Then, at the end of the year, the goal is to donate those funds to a Colorado charity of their choice. Using a piggy bank helps to break the myths that philanthropy is only for the rich and older people and helps inspire involvement from people of all ages that might otherwise shy away from giving to their community. […]

(Special Event) Join Citywide Banks in Collaborating to Improve Urban Education on May 7, 2015

Citywide Banks is joining Innovest Portfolio Solutions, Colorado Uplift, Seeds of Hope, and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy to present a unique breakfast event on May 7, 2015. The event will explore collaborations between stakeholders trying to solve issues facing urban education. Presenters include Gabe Trujillo from Colorado Uplift, Elias Moo from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy and Natalie Mesko from Seeds of Hope. The event will take place at 7:30am at Maggianos in the Denver Tech Center. Space is very limited. Those interested in attending can RSVP to Whitney Wilkinson at 303-694-1900 ext. 331. […]

VOTE NOW in Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest – Enter to Win Prizes by Telling Us How to Split $8,000 in Donations

Now through midnight on April 30, 2015, Citywide Banks is hosting its Charity Hand-Up Contest to raise awareness and give away $8,000 in donations to seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. The community is invited to participate by voting for a nominee on Facebook and sharing their support through social media. The charity that receives the most votes will receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. An additional $2,500 in donations will be split between the other nominees based on final vote standings. A bonus $500 donation will go to the charity that increases their Facebook followers the most. The public can enter to win several prizes by participating. […]

Seven Ways to Frustrate a Fraudster During Tax Season

The days leading up to April 15 – tax deadline day – are often vulnerable ones for consumers, as W-2 statements and tax returns containing their personal information circulate over the internet and through the mail. […]

(Contest Nominee) DENVER HEALTH FOUNDATION Working to Advance Wellness in Local Community

The mission of the Denver Health Foundation (DHF) is to support Denver Health Medical Center’s quest to make Denver the healthiest community in the United States. The hospital system cares for one out of every three Denverites, ranks first in survival among 117 academic medical centers nationally, and is home to the only academic level one trauma center in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year, Denver Health provided more than $380 million in uncompensated care to its patients. […]

Citywide Banks Presenting 2015 MADE IN COLORADO Manufacturing Forum on April 30 in Downtown Denver

Citywide Banks and EKS&H are the presenting sponsors for ColoradoBiz Magazine’s 2015 Made in Colorado Manufacturing Forum. The third annual event will take place on April 30, 2015 at the McNichols Building in the heart of Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. The program, which includes presentations by Governor John Hickenlooper and some of Colorado’s most impactful business leaders, will showcase the achievements of the 250 Made in Colorado manufacturers and discuss solutions challenging local businesses. Activities include exhibit tables, the unique B2B Networking Lounge, a panel of peers discussion, and networking reception. Event tickets are now available online at www.eventbrite.com. […]

(Contest Nominee) ALPINE RESCUE TEAM Responds to Colorado’s Wilderness Emergencies

For more than five decades, Alpine Rescue Team (ART) has been performing mountain search and rescue missions 24/7 and always free to those in need. The nationally-accredited nonprofit is the designated search and rescue team for Clear Creek, Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Its highly trained, nonpaid members average more than 7,000 hours annually in field missions. The team also provides countless hours of education outreach about wilderness safety. […]