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Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Recovery Grant Application Opens 12/3

On November 30, 2020, Governor Mills announced a $40 million economic recovery program to support Maine’s tourism, hospitality, and retail small businesses. The Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Recovery Grant Program is focused specifically on supporting Maine’s service sector small businesses, such as restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, lodging and retail shops, which have been hard hit...

Virtual GSB Maine Marathon Raises More Than $250,000

The Marr Foundation raised $212,000 alone, exceeding its goal of $200,000 Despite being run virtually over 2-weeks this year, the 2020 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay, exceeded fundraising expectations, finishing strong with just over $254,000. Nearly 50 percent of race participants made a donation or donated their registration fee to charity – a 40...

Effective Wednesday, 11/18, All Branches Will Be Open For Drive-Up And Appointment Only

November 13, 2020 Effective Wednesday, 11/18/20, all branches will be open for drive up and appointment only. Call your branch to schedule an appointment. Drive-ups and video tellers are open during normal business hours. See hours for each of our convenient branch locations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. When possible, we encourage...

Mobile Banking – Deposit A Check, Pay Back A Friend & More

Mobile banking makes managing your money from home convenient and easy. Simply download the Gorham Savings Bank app for iOS  or Android to deposit a check, pay back a friend, check your account balance and more. You can also monitor account activity, helping you stay on top of daily transactions to protect against fraud or...

SBA COVID-19 Relief Scams and Fraud Alerts

Please be aware of a variety of malicious attempts by cyber-criminals taking advantage of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s COVID-19 relief efforts to gather sensitive information and steal funds from businesses. Always think before you click! Grants/Loans The SBA does not initiate contact on either loans or grants.  If you are proactively contacted by someone...

Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon Goes Virtual

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 4, will take place virtually over two weeks. Title sponsor Gorham Savings Bank will cover all virtual race costs incurred so that every virtual entry fee dollar can be donated...

PPP Loan Forgiveness Program

The SBA has created two applications – PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ and PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508. Please refer to Application Form 3508EZ Instructions for Borrowers and Application Form 3508 Instructions for Borrowers to determine which application should be completed. Additional information regarding the use of SBA Form 3508EZ is also included...

Unemployment Insurance Program Targeted by Fraudsters

The US Secret Service is warning of a well-organized fraud ring exploiting the COVID-19 crisis in order to commit large-scale fraud against state unemployment insurance programs. Individuals are receiving multiple deposits from various State Unemployment Benefit Programs. It is assumed the fraud ring behind this possesses a substantial database of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in...

Portland Small Business Grant + Loan Programs

On May 19th, the City of Portland launched three new loan and grant programs for small businesses.   Business Assistance Program for Job Creation (Rehiring) The City of Portland’s COVID-19 Business Assistance Program for Job Creation (Rehiring) (BAP) provides $5,000 in grant funding to small businesses for rehiring two or more full-time employees that were on the payroll as of January 31, 2020....

Three Additional Branches Equipped with Video Teller Machines

We’re working hard to make it easier to manage your accounts remotely during the current health crisis. That’s why we’ve added Video Teller Machines in Waterboro, Westbrook & Windham. Three of our ATM locations have been upgraded to Video Teller Machines with an increased level of service – just touch the screen to connect with...

GSB Will Continue To Operate In Its Current Model

In keeping with Governor Mills latest statewide directive and the City of Portland’s recent Emergency Order, identifying banks as ‘essential services,’ GSB, across our footprint, will continue to operate in its current model, serving customers via drive-up, Video Teller Machines, ATMs and online and mobile channels. GSB is carefully monitoring guidance from the federal, state...

Beware of COVID-19 Scams Using the FDIC’s Name

During these unprecedented times scammers are using false information regarding the security of people’s deposits or their ability to access cash to perpetuate fraud schemes. The FDIC does not send unsolicited correspondence asking for money or sensitive personal information. The agency will never contact you to ask for personal details, such as bank account information,...

Coronavirus Phishing Scams

Beware of COVID-19 emails that appear to come from reputable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). The body of these emails often contain recent news and updates related to the Coronavirus. These emails ask you to click on links for more detailed information – but actually link...

LaunchPad 2020 Is Canceled

We have been monitoring developments along with guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19. Further, we are exercising an abundance of caution as we implement steps to help ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees, and communities. As such, we regret to inform you that we have made the...

Our Proactive Response to COVID-19

To better ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are restricting all branches to DRIVE-UP SERVICE ONLY until further notice. We’re Prepared Our crisis action team has been proactively monitoring the outbreak.  We regularly review guidance from federal, state and local authorities to keep our employees informed and implement best practices, including...

GSB’s LaunchPad Opens March 1

Kate McAleer (founder, Bixby & Co.), Becky McKinnell (founder, iBec Creative) and Rich Peterson (president, MaineHealth and CEO, Maine Medical Center) will help judge this year’s competition Gorham Savings Bank will begin accepting applications on March 1 for its eighth annual LaunchPad small business competition. In the competition, the premier event of its type in...

Recent Business Fraud Activity

The following types of business fraud have been on the rise. As always, we encourage you to be on the lookout – and to be diligent in your verification process. Wire Fraud We’ve seen an increase in business wire fraud from criminals intercepting valid wire request emails and altering the payment instructions. Never wire money...

How To Secure Your Smart Devices

Smart devices are everywhere these days and it’s likely that you own several (Amazon Alexa, Nest, Google Home, just to name a few). Like all internet-connected technology, smart devices are vulnerable to being hacked, so steps should be taken to secure them. Here are some simple steps: Setup Passwords:  Many smart devices come with a...

How to Recognize a Phone Scam

Phone scams come in many forms, but they are easy to spot if you know what to look for. Note: If your phone is listed on the National Do Not Call Registry it is illegal for a company to call you. If a company is already breaking the law, there is a good chance it’s...

Tips For Monitoring Your Financial Accounts

Monitoring your account activity is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from fraud. The sooner you are able to identify unauthorized activity, the better you can take action to  reduce the impact. Here are some tips for monitoring your accounts and credit. Monitoring Your Accounts Review account activity often, daily if possible,...

Tips for Spotting and Avoiding Check Fraud

Fake checks come in many forms – you could receive a fraudulent check or your account information could be used to create fraudulent checks. Understanding how check processing works and how to keep your information secure can help safeguard you from this type of activity. Check fraud can come in a variety of forms: Counterfeit...

Spotting and Preventing Wire Fraud

Fraudulent wire activity is generally a result of account takeovers and email compromises. This form of fraud can be difficult to detect because they use a valid email address, craft their communication to mimic the owners, and add urgency to their request(s). Sometimes payment is expected from the recipient and the communication channel may have...

Signs of Elder Financial Abuse

Many elderly people are targets of financial exploitation because they are likely to have savings accounts, fixed incomes, receive social security benefits or own their homes. Sadly, many who are financially exploited experience this abuse at the hands of trusted caregivers or family members. This can make the victim feel heartbroken, embarrassed and ashamed. They...

Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits

Scammers are making calls posing as someone from the Social Security Administration and telling people that their Social Security Number or Benefits will be suspended. The goal of this scam is to convince people to send money, often in the form of gift cards. What to do: Hang up – do not answer any questions...

Beware of Fake Equifax Data Breach Settlement Websites

The Equifax Breach, and subsequent settlement, has received a lot of media attention. Scammers are seizing this opportunity to establish fake settlement sites. Don’t follow email links or web search results. Refer to the FTC’s website for claim information, including officially approved links: www.ftc.gov/Equifax Scam Calls, Texts, and Emails Scammers are making calls and sending...

Beware of One-Ring Scams

Have you ever had your phone ring once and then stop? If so, you may have been targeted with what is known as a one-ring scam. What is a One-Ring Scam? Scammers ring once hoping you will think you missed a call and call back. The call may appear to originate from the U.S. with...

How To Shop Online Safely

As more consumers decide to shop from the comfort of their homes, scammers are finding ways to take advantage of online shoppers. There are three common ways that scammers can take advantage of online shoppers: Creating fraudulent sites and email messages – The benefit of shopping at a physical store is that you know where...

Steps To Safeguarding Your Online Devices

Take these 6 easy steps to protect your online devices. 1. Install an antivirus program and keep it updated with built-in auto-update and auto-renewal options. Take time to get to know your antivirus and any other security tools that your devices might contain. Understanding the tools that protect you will go a long way. 2....

Why these banks are supporting women entrepreneurs

This article originally appeared in Independent Banker. In the past half of a century, women have gone from a small part of the business community to a significant—and fast-growing—segment. In fact, women start an average of more than 1,800 businesses across the country each day. How can community banks form mutually beneficial relationships with this...

Positive Pay can protect you from check fraud losses

Please be aware that we’ve recently seen an uptick in business check fraud, mainly from unattended mail. It’s important to have either a P.O. Box or direct delivery inside an office. Our Positive Pay service can give you peace of mind and protect you from losses due to fraudulent checks. With Positive Pay, we review...