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Click here to read the 2015 1st Quarter Silver Lake Bank Newsletter (in PDF format)
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Clarence Gideon, Former SLB CEO

Clarence Gideon passed away on January 16th. After graduating from Topeka High School, serving in the Pacific Theater as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Clarence graduated from Washburn University, both undergrad and the law school. Dad began his career as a lawyer. When the opportunity came up to purchase control of Silver Lake Bank in 1968, he rose to the challenge and began his banking career in the town of Silver Lake.

Over the years, many customer stories about Dad have been shared with me. Dad had a keen ability to truly listen to customers and understand their situation. He appreciated and respected hard working individuals with solid plans. He made loans to many that other banks had turned down. We carry on today with the culture that Dad started 47 years ago through building relationships, offering exceptional customer service and helping businesses and individuals realize their dreams.

As a final nod to Dad, I’ll do nothing less than what he would expect and thank you for the confidence and support you have placed in us. We so much appreciate your referrals and the opportunity to serve you and expand our relationship. Without you, we wouldn’t be in business today.

Patrick R. Gideon President

Consumer Safety Tips from Silver Lake Bank

Topeka Law Enforcement Issued Code Red Warning for Mail Theft. The Topeka Police Department and Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office reported mail theft is on the rise. Protect yourself with these tips:
•  Remove obstacles that block you from seeing your mailbox.
•  Make sure your mailbox closes tightly.
•  Consider installing a mailbox chime or alarm that you can monitor.
•  Pickup your mail as soon as possible after delivery.
•  Do not put checks or paid bills in the mailbox for pickup. Sign up for emailed bank statements and start paying
    your bills online through Silver Express Internet Banking and Bill Pay.

Remember that stolen checks can be altered or your personal information can be used for fraudulent purposes. Call law enforcement when you see suspicious vehicles or people in your area.

Beware of Asphalt Paving Scams. Asphalt driveways begin to look pretty worn after a few harsh winters. It’s only natural for a homeowner to want to get restoration work done quickly and as cheaply as possible. The ability to hit and run fast is key to a successful asphalt paving scam. Crews usually wander from one community to another offering a driveway sealing service. They typically approach consumers in their yards, promising low estimates because of leftover materials from a competed job nearby.

They may offer lifetime guarantees, but often the material quality and application is inferior. Unfortunately, the paving crew is long gone by the time you discover a problem. It’s up to consumers to protect themselves from scam artists. Ask for references and check them before agreeing to have the work done. Take the crew’s written estimate, and tell them you will get back to them. Get bids from stablished local paving companies to compare prices. Don’t let them pressure you to have the work done immediately!

Making a difference!

SLB supports Camp Rhythm, a summer camp in Eureka Missouri that serves kids with severe cardiac problems. Run by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, most of these kids have never overnighted anywhere besides home. (camp director Rebecca Courtney pictured with soap on her face!). Click here to see the video.

Phone Text Fraud Scheme

TransFund has been notified by the fraud analytics group of a fraud scheme currently occurring in the mid-section (subject to change) of the U.S.  Cardholders are receiving phone text messages stating their card has been deactivated.  Cardholders are instructed to call a phone number to confirm their information.  When the cardholder responds they are asked for their card number, expiration date and PIN.   Cardholders should not respond to these messages. 

Important information about using your Silver Lake Bank Check Card with merchants in Florida and Spain

Silver Lake Bank has received notification of suspicious check card transactions. As a precaution against additional fraudulent transactions all signature check card transactions and online transactions have been blocked for merchants in the following places:

Florida - Affects cards with first nine numbers 435951001
Spain - Affects cards with first nine numbers 435951001 or 435951003 or 435951009

This action does not affect ATM or PIN point-of-sale purchases. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this temporary disruption may cause. Feel free to call us with any questions at 1.877.232.0102 during business hours, Monday thru Friday 8 am - 6 pm and Saturday 8 am - 12 pm.