Leadership Oklahoma to Honor Arvest Bank

Monday, January 29 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased – and humbled – to be honored by Leadership Oklahoma with the organization’s Statewide Community Award* in April. The award is part of Leadership Oklahoma’s annual “Excellence in Leadership” program. 

The Statewide Community Award “acknowledges an organization or company that, through specific projects or efforts, has reached across valued differences to develop among Oklahomans a sense of common purpose and a more profound sense of loyalty to their state. This award has been created to promote a heightened sense of appreciation for the possibilities available when Oklahomans work together as a single statewide community.” 

As an organization, Leadership Oklahoma’s mission is to create, inspire and support a dynamic network of community leaders whose commitment to service and excellence will help energize all Oklahomans to help positively shape our future. Its black-tie gala will be held April 21 in Oklahoma City. 

“On behalf of all our markets in Oklahoma, I want to say how appreciative we are for this recognition,” said Brad Krieger, regional executive for Arvest Bank for Oklahoma and Kansas. “Our commitment to the communities we serve has never been stronger, and this award reflects the actions and attitudes of our associates from border to border.” 

In announcing Arvest as a winner, Leadership Oklahoma has particular praise for the annual 1 Million Meals campaign, as well as our Oklahoma markets’ commitment to Habitat for Humanity, the United Way’s Day of Caring, and the “We Love Oklahoma Teachers” program, among numerous other endeavors. 

“Over the past 50 years, Arvest Bank has experienced tremendous growth, and can be found in many Oklahoma communities,” according to Leadership Oklahoma. “Where these Arvest Banks exist, so does a culture of community involvement and support. This support is inclusive, reaching out to individuals, corporations, non-profits, and civic activities. 

“As Oklahomans, Arvest is aware of the challenges that this state faces, and chooses to make a difference.”

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

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Arvest in N. Central Ark. Named Best Bank for 2nd Year in a Row

Friday, January 26 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas has been named Best Bank in the Harrison Daily Times Best of the Best reader’s poll.

Every year, the Harrison Daily Times has asked readers for their thoughts – and votes – to determine the Harrison’s best of the best! Arvest has been voted the No. 1 bank for two consecutive years by readers!

Arvest was founded on the principles that our customers’ needs come first and our associates are focused on providing the best customer experience. We continually strive to be active and involved members of the communities we serve, and we will always work to put the needs of our customers first as we continue to fulfill our mission, “People helping people find financial solutions for life.”

On behalf of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas, we would like to extend the warmest THANK YOU to the readers of the Harrison Daily Times and congratulate all 2017 Best of Best Award recipients. 

Tags: North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Wealth Management’s McLintock Earns Certification

Wednesday, January 24 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Ben McLintock has authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. 

McLintock, a Springdale-based regional investment officer for Arvest Wealth Management, has worked at Arvest since 2014 and assists clients with growing, managing, protecting and transferring their wealth. His practice focuses on providing comprehensive wealth advising through financial and estate planning strategies. 

The CFP® marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning. CFP® professionals also agree to meet ongoing continuing education and other requirements. 

McLintock graduated with a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1999 and later earned degrees at both the University of Arkansas School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Law. He also holds the credential of a Certified Fund Raising Executive®

Tags: Arkansas, Associates
 

Arvest Bank will Celebrate Career of Weber on Feb. 1

Wednesday, January 24 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank invites customers and community members alike to join in a celebration of Cindy Weber on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Weber, currently a client advisor assistant for Arvest Private Wealth Management in Fayetteville, has worked in the investment industry for 25 years. That includes all 15 years of her career at Arvest, where she also serves as a registered sales assistant. Weber will retire, effective Feb. 2.

A drop-in reception to honor Weber will be held in the conference room at the Arvest Private Banking office located at 516 E. Millsap, Suite 203, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

“We could not be more thankful to Cindy for her contributions and accomplishments not just at Arvest, but in our community as well,” said Steve Burkhead, regional manager for Arvest Wealth Management. “She has been an invaluable team member for Arvest, our customers and many others whose lives she has positively impacted. We will miss her tremendously, but we know how excited she is about retirement and spending time with her family, in particular. We wish her all the best.” 

Prior to joining Arvest, Weber graduated from John Brown University and spent 10 years traveling the country as an efficiency specialist for another investment firm. 

Additionally, she is an active member of her church, where she works with her Seasoned Generation Small Group, mentors college students, and leads marriage conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Weber, who has three sons and five grandchildren, also enjoys travel and event planning.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Fayetteville
 

Tax Scams and How to Avoid Them

Monday, January 22 at 02:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

Arvest Bank recognizes the ongoing threat of criminals trying to steal your funds or obtain your personal information or account information. As tax season approaches, these threats take on other forms. In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. This article looks at the different scams affecting individual and businesses and what to do if you if you spot a tax scam. 

REMEMBER: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment, or other enforcement action. Recognizing these telltale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Scams Targeting Taxpayers

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. 

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone is not answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request. Please See: Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again

Some con artists have used video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Taxpayers are urged not trust calls just because they are made through VRS, as interpreters do not screen calls for validity. For more details see the IRS YouTube video: Tax Scams via Video Relay Service

Con artists often approach victims with Limited English Proficiency in their native language, threaten them with deportation, police arrest and license revocation, among other things. IRS urges all taxpayers caution before paying unexpected tax bills. Please see: IRS Alerts Taxpayers with Limited English Proficiency of Ongoing Phone Scams.  Note that the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Surge in Email, Phishing and Malware Schemes

When identity theft takes place over the web (email), it is called phishing

The IRS has issued several alerts about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scammers trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information to steal their identity and assets. 

Scam emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. These phishing schemes may seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information.

Be alert to bogus emails that appear to come from your tax professional, requesting information for an IRS form. IRS does not require Life Insurance and Annuity updates from taxpayers or a tax professional. Beware of this new scam.

Variations of these scams can be seen via text messages. The IRS is aware of email phishing scams that include links to bogus web sites intended to mirror the official IRS web site. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.” The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov (without a dot between "IRS" and "gov"), though not IRS.gov (with a dot). These emails are not from the IRS.

The sites may ask for information used to file false tax returns or they may carry malware, which can infect computers and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain information.  Additionally, please be aware that Arvest Bank does not make use of "pop-up" web browser windows on our websites for surveys, free credit reports or promotional offers. If a pop-up window appears when visiting our web site, such as when using Arvest Online Banking, it may be caused by unauthorized "adware" or "spyware" software installed on your computer which monitors your web browsing activity.

Soliciting Form W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals.

The IRS has established a process that will allow businesses and payroll service providers to quickly report any data losses related to the W-2 scam currently making the rounds. See details at Form W2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers. If notified in time, the IRS can take steps to prevent employees from being victimized by identity thieves filing fraudulent returns in their names. There also is information about how to report receiving the scam email.

How to Report Tax-Related Schemes, Scams, Identity Theft and Fraud

To report tax-related illegal activities, refer to this chart explaining the types of activity and the appropriate forms or other methods to use. You should also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

How to Report Fraud Related to Your Arvest Accounts

  • To report Identity Theft, financial fraud or an unauthorized transaction in your account, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523.
  • To report a lost or stolen credit, debit or ATM card, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523 or by using our Contact Us page.
  • To report a suspicious email, phone call or text message, please forward the suspicious email to, or send a message to: reportfraud@arvest.com.
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