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Equifax Breach Information and Tips

September 20, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Equifax, one of the nation’s major credit reporting agencies, announced a breach that occurred from May through July 2017.  During this period, hackers accessed people's names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.

To be clear, Bank of Clarendon was not compromised and your information was not stolen from our bank. However, we do take the security of our customer information very seriously and we are providing you with steps you can take to protect your personally identifiable information.  Following this breach, we are asking our customers to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us by calling 803-433-4451 or emailing us at customerservice@bankofclarendon.com.

Equifax has set up a website for consumers to use to determine if your personal information was exposed: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. When proceeding to this website, please continue to take standard precautions, including use of a secure computer and an encrypted network connection.

In the wake of the data breach, the Federal Trade Commission has released recommended steps, to include the following actions:

  • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion without charge by visiting annualcreditreport.com.  Accounts or activity that you do not recognize could indicate identity theft.  Visit identitytheft.gov.
  • Consider placing a credit freeze on your files.  A credit freeze makes it difficult for someone to open a new account in your name.  Keep in mind that a credit freeze will not prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
  • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for activity you do not recognize.
  • If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a "fraud alert" on your files.  A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
  • File your taxes early; as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can.  Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your social security number to get a tax refund or a job.  Respond immediately to written correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau offers 10 tips for consumers affected by the breach.  Review the tips by going to https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/tip-10-ways-protect-yourself-wake-equifax-data-breach/.

Customers can visit identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting themselves after a data breach.

 

 

 

 

BOC President J. Barry Ham elected ICBA Federal Delegate for SC

BOC Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

 

BOC Kicks Off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Photo Provided By: Star5 Photography

 

Kennerly Earns Banking Diploma

Angela C. Kennerly (pictured left) Bookkeeper/IRA Coordinator for the Bank of Clarendon recently earned the ABA General Banking Diploma.  This diploma requires a number of hours of coursework in different areas of banking.  Pictured with Angela is Libby C. Barrineau, Head Bookkeeper for the Bank of Clarendon.

 

Cleaning Supplies for Flood Victims

You can drop off cleaning supplies such as bleach, lysol, gloves, trash bags and buckets at any Bank of Clarendon location.  These supplies will be distributed to those who have been impacted by the flooding in our communities.

 

BOC Hosts Blood Drive

June 23, 2015

There was a total of 24 units of blood given at the Bank of Clarendon's blood drive on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Bank of Clarendon Celebrates Habitat for Humanity House

April 18, 2015

ROBERT J. BAKER / TIMES Employees with the Bank of Clarendon stand with Angela Kennerly and her son, T.J., at their new home on Branchview Drive.

 Employees with the Bank of Clarendon stand with Angela Kennerly and her son,
T.J., at their new home on Branchview Drive.

 

Angela Kennerly said she would’ve never been a homeowner if it weren’t for Clarendon Habitat for Humanity.
Kennerly and her son, T.J., received the keys Saturday to their new home on Branchview Drive in Manning. It is the 22nd home built by the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which requires owners to actively participate in the building of their homes.

“It’s called ‘sweat equity,'” said local Habitat Director Connie Robinson. “They put in about 150 hours themselves by either building the house they will live in, or by volunteering to work with Habitat in building other homes or on other projects. The new residents then have to pay utility bills and a zero-interest mortgage.”
Robinson said prospective homeowners must have “a certain income level, depending on the number of family members, and they have to have a 575 credit score or higher.”

Habitat President James Dingle presided over a ceremony Saturday at Kennerly’s new home.
“God has blessed you so much,” Dingle told Kennerly. “You learned firsthand what it says in the Bible, that ‘if you ask, it shall be given.'”

Kennerly said she was thankful to the Bank of Clarendon and Habitat for giving her this opportunity.

“Honestly and truly the Bank of Clarendon has been like a family to me, because I don’t have many friends in this area,” she said. “If it weren’t for Kim Johnson, I wouldn’t have known about Habitat, which has given me this great opportunity. I’m just so very blessed and thankful.”

The home, which cost about $45,000 to build, Robinson noted, was dedicated in honor of the late Bill Smith, one of the founding members of the local chapter.

 

 


 

Bank of Clarendon Celebrates Mary Walker's 100th Birthday

 

September 24, 2014

The Bank of Clarendon's Wyboo Branch celebrated one of its customer's golden milestones.  Mary Walker celebrated her 100th birthday with branch employees.  Bank officers Tommy Geddings and MaryAnn Morris presented Mrs. Walker and her family with a bouquet of flowers in honor of her impressive milestone.

 

 

 


 

Kim Johnson Completes ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management

 

Kim Johnson, Community Development Officer, recently completed a two year professional development program sponsored by the American Bankers Association.   The School of Bank Marketing promotes both bank marketing and bank leadership curriculum through a combination of case studies, simulations, and class work.  She was awarded her ABAMM diploma on June 25, 2014 at the Emory University Executive Learning Center.