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Financial Education with Planters First Bank offers free resources and conversation-starters on financial topics such as saving, setting financial goals, prioritizing spending decisions, and staying safe online.

Managing money isn’t easy. Learning about handling money as an adult makes it even more challenging. Teaching kids about money early on will help them to become more financially independent as they get older. At Planters First Bank, one of the ways we choose to give back to our communities is through youth development and financial education.

Can You Spot a Phishing Scam?

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online and mobile banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $5.8 billion to phishing scams and other fraud in 2021—an increase of more than 70 percent over 2020. It’s time to put scammers in their place. Online...



Help Older Adults Avoid Fraud and Exploitation

The Georgia Consumer Protection Guide for Older Adults is designed to help older adults avoid fraud and exploitation, make wise choices about their money and well-being, and navigate some of the challenges that come with aging. “Older adults, especially those who speak English as a second language, can be particularly vulnerable to scams and deceptive practices,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. “This guide was designed to empower older adults, their families, and...



September is National Preparedness Month

Here are 6 simple tips to help plan for the unexpected and regain your financial footing after a crisis. Prepare backup communications plans if both cellular and landline services falter. Store digital and paper copies of critical documents in a safe deposit box. These include a driver’s license, passport, military ID, bank and investment account information, proof of occupancy, a mortgage deed, insurance policies, and three years of tax returns. Make copies of personal documents...



Put financial literacy first.

Managing money isn’t easy. Learning about handling money as an adult makes it even more challenging. Teaching kids about money early on will help them to become more financially independent as they get older. At Planters First Bank, one of the ways we choose to give back to our communities is through youth development and financial education. FDIC's Money Smart Series: These printable pdf guides offer practical activities and conversation-starters on financial topics such as saving,...



Planters Anywhere Student Checking Account

Discover the money-saving benefits of your new Planters Anywhere Student Checking Account Our Free Planters Anywhere Checking makes a great option for your teenager or college student. No monthly service charge for customers 23 or younger that provide a Student ID. No monthly minimum balance requirements. What could be better? Here’s what you’ll get with your new account: Online Banking: Access your account anytime, from any computer with Internet access Mobile...



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized on June 15th as a day to promote preventing abuse and neglect of elders. One of the most prevalent types of elder abuse is financial exploitation. WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE? Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a “trusted” individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to an older person. WHY DOES ELDER ABUSE OCCUR? Elder abuse is more common than we think. Signs of Elder Abuse Elder abuse can include...



Vacation and Travel Security Tips

No matter how you get to your destination or where you choose to stay, you will still be connected when you’re on vacation. Many travelers rely on technology even more to enhance their experience. As you embark upon your next adventure, stay cyber safe while away from home by following some simple practices to help keep your devices safe and your vacation plans from going awry. Getting ready to go Before you head out on vacation, here’s a simple security checklist to add to your...



Introducing MyCardRules

Planters First Bank is excited to introduce MyCard Rules! Our debit cardholders will now get the same security features and fraud prevention within your Planters First Bank Online & Mobile Banking. No need to download a separate app or remember another password! What you can do with MyCard Rules... Turn your card on and off Set per-transaction spending limits based on various factors such as dollar amount, transaction type, or merchant type Receive alerts on all transaction...



April is Financial Literacy Month!

In honor of this special month, here are five easy tips to help you manage your finances. One of the most effective tools for preventing a large-scale financial disaster is an emergency fund. To create your emergency fund, multiply your monthly take-home pay times six to find the amount you should ideally save. Planters First Bank offers Personal Savings Account options for your long and short-term goals. Click here to learn more. One significant way to maintain and/or increase your...



Spring cleaning your finances doesn't have to be a chore!

With Planters First Bank Online & Mobile Banking, you can organize and clean up your finances with these easy steps! From your desktop or your mobile device, you can manage your finances and start working on achieving your financial goals this spring. Check out these simple steps to help organize and spring clean your finances: Review your financial goals: Are you planning to buy a new car or a home this year? Our Online & Mobile Banking can help you reach your...



Warning Signs of a Romance Scam

It’s well known that people online aren’t always as they appear. However, tens of thousands of internet users fall victim to online romance scams each year, and it can happen to anyone. These scams can be incredibly convincing and are increasingly found across dating sites and social media platforms. Bad actors are very good at appealing to victims’ emotions and feigning personal connections, with the intention of stealing large sums of money and personal information. Luckily, there...



Free security monitoring powered by Experian®

There’s no shortage of ways your private information can end up being exposed. But when it comes to fighting fraud, you’re not alone. Enroll in your free security alerts today, a new service for all personal checking account holders who use their Planters First Bank Discover Debit card. These benefits include: Dark Web Monitoring —Scans the dark web and notifies you if your personal information has been exposed. Credit Monitoring —Detects and alerts you of suspicious...



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