Apply for the 3rd Annual Live First Community Grant!

Do you have an idea that would benefit your community?

Every day we work to help our customers Live First. We strive to provide convenient services that meet all of your banking needs, so that you can spend more time focusing on the things that matter, like family and community.

We value the communities in which we live and work and know you do too! That’s why we’re inviting you to apply for our Live First Community Grant, which awards $5,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference in your community.

Many of our customers and community members are already actively involved with great causes that could qualify for the Live First Community Grant. Ideas could include:

  • Starting a community garden for growing vegetables
  • Donating to a local shelter to provide emergency supplies for families
  • Volunteering and buying supplies for a food bank
  • Purchasing a new piano for your local theater program
  • Providing medical equipment to a family in need

You can see our winners from last year here!


How Winners are Chosen

Our team at First International Bank & Trust will choose one project that we feel makes the biggest impact on the community. Even if your project isn’t awarded the $5,000 grant, you still have another chance to win. We’re awarding three runner-up grants for $1,000 each to the projects that get the most votes from our fans!

Voting for the three runner-up grants will open on March 13, 2017 at 12:00 am CST. Voting will close on March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.

 

How to Apply

Here’s what you need to apply: An idea for a project or event! How would you use a $5,000 grant to benefit your community? You’ll need to include:

  • A photo that represents your project. This can be anything that captures the spirit of your idea. People will see the photo when they go to vote.
  • A name for your project. People will also see when they vote, so make sure it’s catchy and descriptive.
  • A description of the project. How the project will help your community and who will benefit. Be specific! Include any organizations that would be part of your project (if applicable, for example, a 4H chapter, a high school program or your local animal shelter). Also, include a budget breakdown of how you would use the $5,000.

Once you’re ready to apply, visit our Facebook page. You can also view the official rules there.

 

Good Luck!

Best of luck to all applicants – we can’t wait to see your ideas! Applications close March 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST – so get started now!

Applicants – please come back to the page during the voting period and share your entry any time you want to remind your friends to vote. Just click View entries, find your own entry and then Share. Don’t forget to spread the word in other ways, too. You can put up posters, send emails and ask your friends to do the same!

First International Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, EHL

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

For “Regular Hours”, please visit the Locations and Hours section of our website: https://firstintlbank.com/locations-hours/. Hours can be viewed by clicking on the location name. For up-to-date openings and closing times, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-359-8092.


Saturday, December 24 | Christmas Eve

Our Customer Care Center will be open Regular Hours from 8 AM to 2 PM.

Regular Hours
  • Bismarck
  • Elgin
  • Fessenden
  • Harvey
  • Killdeer
  • Staples
  • Watford City Branches
  • West Fargo
  • Williston Cashwise (8 AM to Noon)
  • Williston Plaza (8 AM to Noon)
Regular Hours (Drive Through Only)
  • Fargo North
  • Fargo South
  • Fargo Southwest
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Minot Branches
  • Moorhead

Sunday, December 25 | Christmas

All Branches Closed


Monday, December 26 | In Recognition of Christmas Day

All Branches Closed


Saturday, December 31 | New Year’s Eve

Our Customer Care Center will be open Regular Hours from 8 AM to 2 PM.

Regular Hours
  • Bismarck
  • Elgin
  • Fargo North
  • Fargo South
  • Fargo Southwest
  • Fessenden
  • Harvey
  • Killdeer
  • Moorhead
  • Rugby
  • Staples
  • Watford City Branches
  • West Fargo
  • Williston Cashwise (8 AM to Noon)
  • Williston Plaza (8 AM to Noon)
Regular Hours (Drive Through Only)
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Minot Branches

Sunday, January 1 | New Year’s Day

All Branches Closed


Monday, January 2 | In Recognition of New Year’s Day

All Branches Closed


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at First International Bank & Trust!

Holiday Fraud Trends

This year is expected to be one of the highest online shopping years ever. With the ease of being able to shop at home on your couch, consumers are realizing there is no need to face busy crowds and wait in long lines when you can order virtually every gift online.

With this in mind, here is what you need to be cautious of:

  • Click Here Emails: Be careful with emails that state you are being given a holiday
    gift or free gift from a popular merchant – similar to the one on the right. Beware of the ‘Click Here’ catch.
  • click-here-scamAmazon Email Scam: Be cautious of emails you receive from Amazon that say your account is about to expire and your account will be de-activated if you don’t follow the provided steps.
  • Bargain Shopper: If you are a bargain shopper, make sure to check online for reviews on Google or the Better Business Bureau. Type in the seller’s name/business with “scam” and see if it checks out.
  • Gift Cards: If you are purchasing gift cards for that hard to buy person, make sure to check the back of the card to verify that the area with the protective scratch-off hasn’t been tampered with.
  • Charity Giving: The holidays bring out the warm side of people and the desire to spread holiday cheer. If you decide to donate to a charity, make sure it’s one that you are familiar with. Research before donating.

When shopping online, you can follow these steps:

  • padlockOnly provide card or account details on secure websites when checking out. Look for the padlock symbol (see example on the right).
  • Use PayPal to check out, if possible.
  • Always keep your device’s security software up-to-date.
  • Check account statements and report any suspicious transactions immediately.

Happy holidays and safe shopping!

Cyber Security: Threats, Prevention & Education

Stop. Think. Connect.

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)? This is a month to raise awareness about protecting yourself against security threats, and staying safer and more secure online. Take this opportunity to raise awareness by educating yourself, your family and your friends.

Current Threats

As cyber security threats continue to grow in quantity and sophistication, it is critical that we remain educated on the latest attack methods and scams. Recent threats include social engineering, impersonating calls, email phishing and ransomware.

Impersonating calls are becoming more common and have included fraudsters pretending to be the IRS, the lottery saying you have won, the authorities saying they have a warrant for your arrest, or even vendor who have ‘detected’ a threat on your PC. If you receive a call, Stop, Think and Take Action. These sources would never call you regarding this information, how would they have known your phone number, and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Never visit a website as instructed over the phone, and don’t let them access your computer.

Email phishing themes can include invoices, past due messages and even an announcement of a tragic event, such as the death of a loved one.

Ransomware is when the files on your PC or mobile device are encrypted and held for ransom. Avoid ransomware by being proactive; patch all software on your devices as updates are available, remain on current operating systems and practice safe web browsing and email processing habits.

Prevention Steps

Taking preventive steps will help to protect your personal devices and information.

  • Patch your PC and mobile device Operating Systems
  • Patch all software on your PC and remain on current versions
  • Utilize anti-virus and make sure it is current
  • Practice safe web browsing habits
  • Create backups of sensitive information in order to avoid loss due to ransomware.
  • Use unique passwords on various websites:
    • Unique: Use different passwords between systems. A compromise of one system doesn’t place access to another at risk
    • Strong: Avoid dictionary words which are easily guessed or cracked. “Fall2016” is a very weak password!
    • Long: Long passwords are harder to guess and crack

Having layers of protection helps to protect your systems. Stop, think and consider your actions on a mobile device. Consider, do you have the same security controls as you have in place on your PC?

Educate Family

We often allow children to utilize our devices. This may place the devices at risk. The Internet can be a dangerous place for children. Learn how to protect them! Enable web browsing protection (https://www.us-cert.gov/publications/securing-your-web-browser) and talk to your children about the dangers of the internet (https://safeandsecureonline.org/parents-guardians/).


Additional Resources

Live First: Shop Simple with Apple Pay®

Now Available: Apple Pay for First International Bank & Trust Debit and Credit Cards

Welcome to a New Way to Pay!

Apple PayWe are excited to announce that we are now offering Apple Pay® with your First International Bank & Trust debit or credit card. Use Apple Pay to change the way you pay! It’s easy, secure, private and works at thousands of stores and participating apps. To see a complete list of Apple Pay merchants, click here.

Apple Pay allows you to make payments for goods or services directly from your mobile device, without having to provide card information at each transaction. Once you add and verify your FIB&T debit or credit card information on your device, you will be ready to make secure payments with Apple Pay.

Why Use Apple Pay?

Ever find yourself digging through your purse for your wallet? Have you gotten to the checkout line and realized you’ve forgotten your credit card at home? Let Apple Pay relieve those frustrations by paying in-store using just your phone! It’s easy, confidential, safe and reliable.

  • Simpler Payments | Hold your phone near an NFC reader and approve with your fingerprint or passcode.
  • Greater Privacy | Apple will not track your transactions and store that data.
  • Safe & Secure | Transactions are made without using card details, which reduces the chance of fraud. With Apple Pay, the device account number, along with a transaction specific dynamic security code is used to process the payment.
  • Better Experience | Apple is known for their exceptional user experiences, and Apple Pay doesn’t disappoint.

Pay with a Single Touch.

Rest easy. Apple Pay transactions are authorized with TouchID® thumbprint security or your passcode, and transactions never use your card number.

It’s a snap to get started

  1. Make sure your iPhone, iPad Air or iPad mini is running the latest version of iOS.
  2. Add your First International Bank & Trust debit or credit card to Apple Pay by opening Passbook® on your mobile device.
  3. Using iSight® camera, capture an image of your First International Bank & Trust
    card or type your information in manually.
  4. You will be prompted to call First International Bank & Trust to verify your
    card with Apple Pay.
  5. You’re ready to go! Use it within apps or hold your device near a contactless
    reader with your finger TouchID.

Look for these icons at checkout:

Apple Pay Logos

 

 

 


Looking for more information?
For more information on Apple Pay, including a list of FAQs, click here.

Disclosures
Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad Air and Passbook are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple Pay, iPad mini, Apple Watch, iTunes and Touch ID are trademarks of Apple Inc.

First International Bank & Trust does not charge a fee for the use of Apple Pay or First International Bank & Trust Mobile Banking. If you do not already have a data plan with your wireless service provider, normal data rates will apply.