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  • Top 10 Holiday Shopping Scams

    With pandemic scares still buzzing around and so many of us pressed for time, more Americans than ever will be doing most or all of their holiday shopping online this year.  And with nearly a third of all retail sales happening between now and Christmas, scammers are already stepping up their game.  Last year, they took $250 million from US consumers.  You may have noticed an increase in marketing calls and illegal robocalls, extra spam in your inbox, an avalanche of junk mail.  But they’re just the tip of an iceberg.  Fraudsters will be operating new scams as well as the familiar tried and tested tricks.

    Here are the 10 most common shopping scams for Black Friday (the big sales day after Thanksgiving) and Christmas 2021:

    1. Identity Theft.  Comes in many guises; the whole aim is to steal your bank account, credit card, and other personal information.  In particular, watch out for fake order confirmation messages or package delivery notifications, which will lead you to a bogus sign-on page.  Don’t click these messages.  Go to the real site and check there.

       

    2. Fake websites.  Clever scammers know how to get their phony websites near the top of search results.  They may feature non-existent products at knockdown prices or bargain holiday travel.  They want your money, but you’ll get nothing in return.

       

    3. Fake social media ads.  These may lead to fake websites.  Often, they feature bogus coupon offers, special sales, or free gifts and vouchers.  Don’t click on them unless you have security software; and if you do, don’t make purchases or provide financial information until you’ve thoroughly checked them out.

       

    4. Phony charity appeals.  Again, these may appear as ads on social media or via emails with links to scam sites.  Charity scams are one of the biggest online frauds at this time of year.  If you want to donate, do it directly after confirming the organization is genuine. 

       

    5. Porch pirates and mailbox thieves.  They’re out in force to rob you.  Secure your deliveries with a lockable box, a neighbor who’ll look out for you, or have items delivered to a pickup point.

       

    6. Gift card fraud.  Gift cards are an easy option when you don’t have time or can’t think what to buy.  Two-thirds of us buy them.  Be cautious buying them at discounted prices from third-party resellers.  And never use one yourself to pay someone you don’t know.

       

    7. Ecard scams.  A lot of people are switching from mailing regular Christmas and Thanksgiving cards to sending “virtual” cards that drop into inboxes.  It’s quick and it’s cheap.  But they may also install malware on your PC.  Be wary when you click on them.  Most Windows security software lets you right click on a file to check it before opening.

       

    8. Malicious shopping apps.  If you use a mobile app (especially on an Android device) for your holiday shopping, make sure it’s legit.  Be cautious about apps that specifically target Thanksgiving or Christmas or that don’t explain what they do with the information you provide.

       

    9. Knockoffs.  You think you’re buying a top brand at a premium but good price, but you’ll just get an imitation, or it may not even resemble the photo of what you thought you were buying. 

       

    10. Fake seasonal job postings or money mules/reshippers.  You may need extra money for you gift buying when you see a promising online job ad offering seasonal or work-from-home employment.  Scams include upfront pay checks that bounce, payment for training materials, demands for personal information, and even operating as a forwarding address for crooks.

    More Actions You Can Take

    • Check URLs.  Make sure your keyed in or landed on the correct webpage.  Scam sites often use similar names to genuine ones. 
    • Buy from reputable or research unfamiliar sites.  If you’ve never heard of it or used it before and it offers bargain prices or hard to get products, it’s a high risk and needs to be thoroughly investigated. 
    • Ignore 5-star reviews and gushing recommendations. Don’t base your buying decisions on these alone.
    • Use a credit card.  They mostly offer full protection on fraudulent use of your card.  Never wire money to pay. And don’t apply for a credit card from someone you’ve never heard of without researching them.
    • Use a different password for each online account.  You should be doing this already, but you can also use your online shopping as an opportunity to change duplicated or old passwords.
    • Ensure you have up to date Internet security software installed, especially those that can operate within your browser to check site safety.
    • Monitor credit agencies, credit cards, and bank accounts.  After your big spend, when your account and other financial details have had a good airing, it’s particularly important to keep tabs on your online credit and spending records.

    If you discover or suspect you’ve been scammed, report it immediately to law enforcement, your bank, your card company, and the credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.  Each of the agencies has info on how to freeze your credit.

    Source: scambusters.org

  • November Food Drive

    GreenLeaf Bank is partnering with the Wrightstown Area Food Pantry as a collection site for the month of November.  Drop off your donations at either of our office locations. 

    Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

    List of items needed:

    • Cereal

    • Pancake Mix and Syrup

    • Oatmeal

    • Breakfast Bars

    • Canned Fruit

    • Granola

    • Juice Boxes

    • Canned Tuna or Chicken

    • Peanut Butter and Jelly

  • Scan Alert

    Receive a text with a surprise offer?  Don't click that link!
    Better Business Bureau Scam Alert


    Everyone loves a deal – including scammers. Con artists often offer too good to be true discounts in the hope that price-conscious consumers will jump on these “deals” without doing their research. Recently, BBB Scam Tracker has seen numerous reports of scammers impersonating well-known companies and offering discounts, some of which are COVID-19 themed.  

    How the Scam Works

    You receive a text message from a large, reputable company. The message claims that, due to the pandemic, the company would like to help people out by offering them an amazing deal. These range from free or discounted services to gift cards and cash.

    For example, consumers reported receiving the following text messages using this ploy:

    • “COVID-19 REFUND. VERIZON COMPANY is giving out $950 to all users of our Verizon service, If yes kindly text your Verizon”
    • “Due to the pandemic, Hulu is giving everyone a free 1-year subscription to help you stay at home. Get yours here [link].
    • "AT&T... Sorry for the coverage issues... Here's a little gift: [link]"

    Other texts claim to be Walmart, Amazon, Costco, USPS and others. Of course, these messages don’t really originate with that company. They come from impersonators who hope to steal your personal information. If you click the link, you may be prompted to log into a lookalike website that scammers use to get hold of your login ID and password. With that information, scammers can access your accounts and even make purchases using your saved payment methods.

    While the latest BBB Scam Tracker reports mention Hulu, Netflix, and Verizon, watch out for scammers impersonating other companies too. If one name stops being effective, they’ll quickly switch to another company.

    How to avoid Text Message Scams

    Treat messages from unknown senders with caution. If you receive a message from a number you don’t recognize, be careful. Many companies engage in SMS marketing, but keep in mind that consumers must opt in to receive messages. If you haven’t given a company permission to text you, it’s probably a scam.

    Don’t click on links from strangers. Scammers often send shortened links that don’t let you see where they really lead in the body of their text message. If you click the link, you could be directed to a dangerous website, or you could download malware onto your device.

    Confirm deals directly with the company before you accept. If you are really hoping the deal is legitimate, go to the company’s official website and send them an email, or call to inquire. The company can let you know if the deal is real or not.

    Install antivirus software on your computer and mobile devices. This kind of scam can come from text messages or emails, so make sure all your electronics are protected. Antivirus software can scan for malware and alert you before you open a malicious website link.

    Alert the company. It will help them fight the problem. AT&T and Verizon are asking consumers to forward suspicious messages to 7726 (SPAM).

    Source:  Better Business Bureau 

  • Successful School Supply Drive

    GreenLeaf Bank finished their summer School Supply Drive to benefit area children in need. On the left, marketing assistant Ashley Rahn displays donations at our Greenleaf office and right, Marketing Director Joel Prunty with donations from our Wrightstown office.

    Wrightstown donations were delivered to Wrightstown School District office and Greenleaf office donations went to the Wrightstown Area Food Pantry.

    Thank you to everyone who donated!

  • School Supply Drive - drop off donations now

    GreenLeaf Bank is partnering with local schools to collect supplies to beneĀ­fit area children in need. School supply items can be dropped off at either GreenLeaf Bank location now through August 16th.

    Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

    Here is a list of needed items:

    • Wide-Ruled Notebooks

    • Folders

    • Pencil Box/Pouch

    • Scissors

    • Washable Markers

    • Crayola Crayons

    • Colored Pencils

    • Pens

    • Pencils

    • Erasers

    • Highlighters

    • Index Cards

    • Dry Erase Markers

    • Glue Sticks

    • Glue Bottles

    • 3 Ring Binders

    • Post-It Notes

    • Rulers

    • Backpacks

    • Loose Leaf Paper

    • Pencil Sharpener

    • Tissues

    • Lysol/Clorox Wipes

  • GreenLeaf Bank no longer accepting tax payments

    GreenLeaf Bank is no longer a property tax collection site for Brown County. The county has changed how they collect property tax payments. All payments are now made directly to the county via mail, online payment, or at their office located at 305 E Walnut St, Room #160 Green Bay WI 54301. 

    This change also affects how local tax payments are collected for area townships and villages. Contact your local municipal government for details on how their tax payments are collected. We’ve enjoyed serving you for many years as a property tax collection site.

  • GreenLeaf Bank awards scholarships

    GreenLeaf Bank recently awarded four – $500 scholarships to 2021 high school graduates. The scholarships were accepted at Wrightstown High School’s award ceremony May 26th. The awards can be used for higher education at a college, university, or technical school. Mary Fritsch, GreenLeaf Bank VP-Retail Lending presented the scholarship to this year’s winners:

    Olivia Hanaway (pictured)
    Emily Brick
    Grace Taylor
    Logan Dewick

    Congratulations and good luck as you pursue higher education!

     
  • Bank Assists Local Businesses

    Greenleaf WI, May 24, 2021 – GreenLeaf Bank has officially funded 147 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, totaling over $4.5 million to assist local businesses. The PPP program provides forgivable Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to businesses adversely affected by the covid19 pandemic meeting specific guidelines.

    "Our existing partnership with the SBA provided us the ability to quickly make significant contributions to the local business community at a time of great need,” says GreenLeaf Bank President/CEO David Krutz. "Bank staff put forth an amazing effort to make these loans happen. So, it’s extra gratifying to see the positive impact on local businesses and their employees.”

    On May 4th, the Small Business Administration announced Paycheck Protection Program funding had been exhausted and the application portal is no longer accepting new requests.

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  • Office Lobbies to reopen March 31, 2021
    GreenLeaf Bank is pleased to announce the reopening of our office lobbies while remaining committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and community. Beginning Wednesday, March 31st we return to regular business lobby hours – visit our Hours and Locations page for details.

    We understand COVID-19 still exists in our community but we have implemented safety precautions to protect you and our staff while allowing us to function more fully. 

    Your safety is our top priority. If you are not comfortable returning to our lobby, we still
    encourage customers to use the Drive-Up unless your visit requires lobby services.
    Everyone here at GreenLeaf Bank is excited to see customers back  in our lobbies…healthy and safe! Our team will continue to monitor regulations, news, and safety recommendations as we begin what is hopefully the final chapter of the pandemic.
     
  • America Saves Week

    America Saves Week is a widely recognized national campaign where thousands of organizations join together to collectively encourage their communities to focus on their individual financial wellness. Over the course of a week we cover money-related topics from a relatable, down-to-earth, positive perspective. Savers end the week with tools, resources, and clarity on their current financial situation, new savings goals, and a realistic plan to achieve them.

    The America Saves pledge is the central tool that allows savers to set a goal, and make a plan to achieve better financial stability.

    Each day of America Saves Week has its own theme: Save Automatically, Save for the Unexpected, Save to Retire, Save by Reducing Debt, and Save as a Family.
  • Ryan Kauth
    GreenLeaf Bank recently announced the addition of Ryan Kauth as Senior Vice-President of Lending. Kauth replaces Terry Lardinois, the bank’s Chief Lending Officer, who retired on December 31, 2020.

    Since 2007 Kauth held a variety of roles in business banking and at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay focused on improving small businesses. He advised local leaders on growing successful companies and the critical role banking services play in achieving their goals. Kauth says, “My expertise in banking and entrepreneurship provide a unique perspective to assist bank business customers in becoming even more successful.”
     
  • Terry Lardinois
    Terry Lardinois has retired after 19-years of service to GreenLeaf Bank. His career began at the bank in 2001 when then bank CEO Dave Krutz retired from day-to-day bank operation. Over the next two decades, while holding the positions of Chief Operating Officer, CEO and finally as Chief Lending Officer, he helped the bank grow from $49 million to $110 million in assets while ensuring it remained financially sound. Lardinois says, “It feels good to step down from our community bank after many years of success.” Lardinois remains on the bank’s Board of Directors.
  • Eligible students will be graduates of an area high school, complete the scholarship application, provide school transcripts and provide a written essay. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 2nd.

    Click here for scholarship application

  • WHS FBL Final
  • GreenLeaf Bank fall office decorations
  • GreenLeaf Bank makes donation to assist homebuyers.
  • GreenLeaf Bank awards grants to local nonprofits.
  • GreenLeaf Bank awards Federal Home Loan Bank grant.