Beneficial Ownership - What you need to know

Beginning on May 11, 2018, all banks will be subject to a new rule under the Bank Secrecy Act intended to assist the government and law enforcement in the ongoing fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. When an account is opened on behalf of a business, or covered “legal entity,” we will be required to ask you for certain identifying information of the “beneficial owners” of the business.

The rule defines a beneficial owner as:

  • Each individual that has 25 percent or more of the equity interest in the business (ownership prong); and
  • One individual that has the authority to exercise control of the legal entity (such as a CEO, executive officer or treasurer) otherwise known as “control prong"

Each time a new account is opened, you will be required to provide the following information for each Beneficial Owner:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security number or Passport number and country of issuance, or other similar identification
  • In addition, you will need to provide a legible copy of each Beneficial Owners identification and signed certification form attesting to the accuracy of the information provided. This information must be collected whether or not the individuals are bank clients.

If your business will frequently need to open new accounts or loans with us, please keep this information current and on file for future use.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-227-1602.  We greatly appreciate your business and look forward to helping grow your business together.

 

RICHARD PAGE JOINS OUR WEST DIXIE OFFICE


Elizabethtown, Kentucky - United Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Page to its Heartland Region commercial lending staff in Elizabethtown.

Page most recently served as the COO/CFO of a large national retailer.  Prior to that he held positions in the banking industry for nearly 25 years throughout Hardin, Bullitt, and Jefferson Counties.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville (1992).

Page and his family reside in the Campbellsville area.

 

FINANCIAL SPRING CLEANING TIPS

 

6 Tips for Your Financial Spring Cleaning


Frankfort, Kentucky - As Americans kick off the spring season by cleaning, sorting and tidying up around the house, United Bank & Capital Trust Co. is encouraging consumers to add financial organization to their spring cleaning to-do list. To help, United Bank has highlighted six tips for organizing your financial house. 

“People are motivated to get things done when the weather warms up and the flowers bloom, which makes it an ideal time to look closely at your savings and spending habits,” said Mark Tranbarger, EVP and Riverfront Market President. “Putting in the work now will help you live your best life in the months ahead.”

United Bank recommends these six tips to help consumers organize their finances:

  • Review your budget. A lot can change in a year. If you’ve been promoted, had a child, or become a new homeowner or renter, be sure to update your budget. Determine what expenses demand the most money and identify areas where you can realistically cut back. Develop a strategy for spending and saving – and stick to it.
  • Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. Begin paying off existing debt, whether that’s by chipping away at loans with the highest interest rates or eliminating smaller debt first.
  • Set up automatic bill pay. By signing up for automatic bill pay, you’ll never have to worry about a missed payment impacting your credit score. You can set it so that money is withdrawn from your checking account on the same day each month.
  • Sign up for e-statements, paperless billing and text alerts. Converting to paperless billing will help keep your house—physical and financial—more clean and organized, and will help protect you from fraud.
  • Check your credit report. Every year, you are guaranteed one free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus. One idea is to run a different credit bureau every four months so you get year round monitoring. Take advantage of these free reports and check them for any possible errors. Mistakes can drag down your score and prevent you from getting a loan, or cause you to pay a higher than necessary interest rate. 
  • Manage your money on the go. Utilize your bank's mobile app to check your balance, pay your bills, transfer funds, deposit a check and send money to friends from wherever you are.

 

 

DEBIT CARD FRAUD: HOW TO SHIELD YOUR MONEY

The number of debit cards compromised at ATMs, merchants and restaurants in the U.S. rose by 10 percent last year, according to newly released information from Fair Isaac Corp., or FICO.


Swiping your plastic presents an inherent risk. ATMs and card payment terminals in stores and restaurants can be rigged by criminals trying to steal card numbers. T.J. Horan, vice president of fraud solutions at FICO, says: “The number of compromises and the number of card members impacted set a new record last year. While most devices are safe, fraudsters are developing new technology and methods for hacking ATMs.”

If you can’t prevent debit card fraud by abandoning your card, monitor your bank account closely. Watch for transactions you don’t recognize. That way, if your card is compromised and someone makes fraudulent charges using your card numbers, you’ll at least know about it early on. United Bank offers alerts through online banking so you can receive automated email or text message notifications of the types of transactions you choose.

Some hackers have figured out how to outsmart credit cards with EMV chip technology. Here's how to safeguard your cards – and your money. The tiny computer chips embedded in the front of credit and debit cards are designed to make the cards less vulnerable to fraud compared with cards that have only a magnetic strip on the back. But that doesn’t mean chip cards are invulnerable.

CBS New York reports that it appears some thieves have found ways around the microchip, sometimes called an EMV (Eurocard, MasterCard, Visa) chip. One consumer tells the news outlet that she discovered five “suspicious” transactions totaling about $2,300 on her chip card. Another consumer discovered a $200 withdrawal from an ATM in another city that she did not make.
According to CBS New York: “It only takes small modifications to skimming devices to bypass the chip and enable unauthorized uses of these cards, just like with the magnetic cards.”

So what’s a consumer to do when even the latest and greatest payment technologies show vulnerabilities? 

Monitor all cards closely. You should report problems as soon as they discover them. That means you must regularly monitor activity on all of your debit (and credit) cards — regardless of what type of technology they feature. Develop a routine that affords you time to log into your bank and credit card accounts online regularly, ideally daily. It should take no more than a few minutes to skim the latest charges for anything suspicious.

Information for this news item was excerpted from MoneyTalksNews.com

 

UNITED BANK ADOPTS A HIGHWAY FOR 2018

United Bank participating in the Highway Clean Up Day


Fort Thomas, Kentucky – United Bank & Capital Trust Company (the “Bank”) will be participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program for 2018. Saturday, April 7th, 2018 will be their inaugural work day.

The Adopt-A-Highway program is a promotional campaign undertaken by U.S. states, provinces and territories of Canada to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. United Bank has adopted a portion of Memorial Parkway and will be responsible for the upkeep four times a year.

Employees of United Bank’s Newport, Alexandria, Fort Thomas and Highland Heights branches, plus their spouses, children and grandchildren will be picking up trash and debris for 2 miles from Waterworks to River Road along Fort Thomas Avenue. Highland Heights Branch Manager Megan Volski states, “We are excited about the opportunity to adopt one of our busy roads. Our employees live here and work here; we’re proud of our communities and want to help make Northern Kentucky beautiful.”

JUSTIN CARROLL JOINS OUR VERSAILLES UNITED DRIVE OFFICE


Frankfort, Kentucky – United Bank & Capital Trust Company (the “Bank”) announces the hiring of Justin Carroll as Vice President. Mr. Carroll will join the Bank’s 100 United Drive office as a Commercial Lender.

Mr. Carroll, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Woodford County High School, has been in the banking industry since 2011.  The majority of that time was spent at Kentucky Bank.

Carroll, who was born and raised in Versailles, is excited to be working in a community that he knows and has deep roots in, “My dad has been in business in Versailles since 1981 and my mom has been at the Woodford Sun since 1996.  My wife is a third grade teacher at Southside Elementary here in Versailles.  I’m very passionate about this community and I am looking forward to representing United Bank within it.” United Bank has two branches in Versailles.

BERRY L. POPP JOINS OUR LAWRENCEBURG MAIN OFFICE


Frankfort, Kentucky – United Bank & Capital Trust Company (the “Bank”) announces the hiring of Berry L. Popp as Vice President. Mr. Popp will join the Bank’s Lawrenceburg Main office as a Commercial Lender.

Mr. Popp began his 28 year banking career in Frankfort where he was born and raised. He graduated from Midway College with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and from the Kentucky Bankers Association General Banking School. He sits on the Board of the Directors for the Central Kentucky Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children’s Corporate Council.

Popp, one of Tops in Lexington’s “Movers, Shakers, and Moneymakers”, commented on his new position with United Bank, “Having known about United Bank and its storied history as a community bank that focused on working with local business and being community minded, I felt like this was a good place to come and work.  I enjoy getting to know my customers and learning about their businesses.  I look forward to doing that in Lawrenceburg.” United Bank has two branches in Lawrenceburg.

UNITED BANK OFFERS 8 WAYS TO FIGHT ID FRAUD ONLINE

United Bank & Capital Trust Company Raises Awareness for National Consumer Protection Week


Frankfort, KY – Nearly three decades after the internet was introduced, the web continues to transform the lives of many users, revolutionizing the way consumers shop, pay bills, and transfer money online. As these advancements make common tasks hassle-free, consumers are urged to take extra precautions, allowing them to navigate the web safely and avoid online crime.

 “Banks are constantly innovating to make it easier for customers to manage their money online,” said Elizabeth Hardy, Senior Vice President, Retail Delivery and Remote Banking.  “At the same time, we’re always looking for ways to help customers combat cyber threats.”

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week March 4-10, United Bank & Capital Trust Company is offering these tips to help users safeguard their personal information and navigate the web safely:

  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date.  Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  • Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from unfamiliar sources.
    • Forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at spam@uce.gov – and to the company, bank or organization impersonated in the email.
  • Keep personal information personal. Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc.  Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
  • Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it. Consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) app to secure and encrypt your communications when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network. (See the Federal Trade Commission’s tips for selecting a VPN app.)
  • Be careful in the cloud. While using the cloud makes it easier to store and share large amounts of files, understand that it also opens other avenues for attack.
  • Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. When you are at the checkout screen, verify that the web address begins with https. Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.
  • Read the site’s privacy policies. Though long and complex, privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects.
  • Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.

FREE COIN APPRAISAL DAYS- MARCH 27-29, 2018

In the month of March, HCC Rare Coins will visit three of our branches to conduct FREE appraisals on your old coins, paper money, and bullion (silver, gold and platinum in coin and bar form). They will be buying but there is no obligation to sell.

They request that you DO NOT clean your coins before coming.

All coin appraisals will go from 9AM-4PM.

Tuesday March 27th

Shepherdsville Branch

4810 N Preston Hwy

Shepherdsville, KY 40165-9223

Wednesday March 28th

Versailles United Drive Branch

100 United Drive

Versailles, KY 40383-1467

Thursday March 29th

Ft. Thomas Branch

34 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue

Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075

IC3 ISSUES ALERT ON W-2 PHISHING CAMPAIGNS

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages taxpayers to review the IC3 Alert and read the Tips on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information. If you believe you have been a victim of a phishing campaign, report it to IC3 at www.ic3.gov

Fraudsters and thieves often use tax-related phishing emails to get victims to provide personally identifiable information, click on a malicious link, or pay a ransom. They will send out bogus messages that appear to be from a company or government agency you may or may not do business with. These messages will attempt to convince you to either click on a link or call a number in order to get you to reveal information that can be used to steal your identity and/or access your accounts. Phishing messages may come through email, instant messages, and even text messages. The best steps to take if you believe a message may be legitimate is contact the company using contact information that you know is valid, such as a number from the phone book or by typing the company’s web address into your browser's address bar.

UNITED BANK OFFERS TIPS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

United Bank Celebrates National Family Caregiver Day 


Frankfort, KY - According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 90 million Americans care for a loved one living with a disability, disease or experiencing reduced financial capability as a result of aging. Financial caregivers, such as those with a power of attorney, trustee or a federal benefits fiduciary, play an important role in ensuring that all finances -- from routine to complex -- are managed wisely, helping their loved ones maintain the best quality of life possible. In recognition of National Family Caregiver Day, United Bank is helping financial caregivers better understand their role.

“Millions of Americans are designated to provide financial care to their loved ones,” said Rickey Harp, Executive Vice President, Chief Trust Officer. “As a financial caregiver, it is extremely important that you stay up to date on any changes in laws and regulations that may impact your role as a fiduciary and your ability to take care of your senior.”

United Bank is offering the following tips to help individuals understand their role as financial caregivers:

  • Learn the rights and restrictions that apply to your role. Financial caregivers, such as those with a power of attorney, trustees, and federal benefits fiduciaries, are fiduciaries with a duty to act and make decisions on their loved one’s behalf. Learn the legal responsibilities of your assigned authority in order to better execute your role.
  • Manage money and other assets wisely. Financial caregivers may be in charge of daily, unexpected and future expense their loved one may incur. Especially if the beneficiary has a fixed income or limited finances, it is extremely important that caregivers minimize unnecessary costs and budget accordingly to ensure that all money is properly allocated.
  • Recognize danger signs. Seniors have become major targets for financial abuse and fraud. Make sure to stay alert to signs of scams or identity theft that may put your loved one’s assets in peril.
  • Keep careful records. When acting as a financial agent, proper documentation is not only encouraged but required. Make sure you keep well-organized financial records, including up-to date lists of assets and debts and a streamline of all financial transactions.
  • Stay informed. Monitor changes in financial status of the beneficiary and take appropriate action, as needed. Also, be sure to stay up to date on changes in the laws affecting seniors.
  • Seek professional advice. Consult a banker or other professional advisors when you’re not sure what to do. 

In addition, United Bank is providing an explanation of the various roles and responsibilities of three types of financial caregivers: power of attorney, trustee and federal fiduciary.

Understanding your role as a power of attorney.

POA is designated by your loved one and gives you the authority to act and make decisions on their behalf, including managing and having access to their bank and other financial accounts. Authority continues if loved one becomes incapacitated and ends when power is revoked or loved one dies.

Understanding your role as a trustee.
Authority is given once you are named as trustee or co-trustee of a revocable living trust. As a trustee your authority applies only to the property noted in the trust, authorizing you to protect, manage and distribute the trust’s assets as directed in the trust document. Authority may continue after the death of the trust creator or grantor.

Understanding your role as a federal benefits fiduciary.
A federal benefits fiduciary is appointed to accept and delegate federal government benefit payments, such as Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits, in the beneficiary’s best interest. Funds for the beneficiary are received through an account set up solely for this purpose. As a representative payee for Social Security benefits or a VA fiduciary for VA benefits, you are required to keep detailed records of all transactions related to the beneficiary and file annual reports detailing how benefits were used.

To learn more information about National Family Caregiver Day and your role as a financial caregiver, visit www.caregiveraction.org

NEW YEAR - NEW HOURS!

Effective January 2, 2018 we will be changing our hours to serve you better. 

Click here to see a full page of all the locations and new hours.