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In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) developments, as your bank, we want to ensure you know the truth about your financial security during this time – and any other time of crisis.
Bell Bank and our customers’ checking, savings and certificates of deposits (CD) accounts are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and, as a company, we are financially strong.
During the Great Depression in 1933, Congress created the FDIC (enacted by the 1933 Banking Act) to restore Americans’ conﬁdence in the nation’s banking system – and to prepare banks for times much like these. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars; instead, insured ﬁnancial institutions (like Bell Bank) help fund its operations.
As tensions rise regarding the unknowns in the global economy, we’re here to answer your questions and concerns.
Answer: Be aware of coronavirus-related scams, and replace worry with vigilance. We have seen an influx of coronavirus-related consumer scams, including those where cyber criminals are:
You may receive false communications regarding the security of your money and your ability to access cash. Remember, the FDIC and Bell Bank does not and will not contact you asking for personal details, such as bank account information, credit and debit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or passwords – so do not give them out, even if it appears to be legitimate.
Answer: We are taking every precaution to keep our locations safe, while we do all we can to make sure we’re available to help you, but we strongly recommend doing your banking online and through mobile, when possible.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, as of March 21, our drive-ups are open, but most of our lobbies are open by appointment only. Our Maple Grove, Stillwater, Bloomington, White Bear Lake and Duluth, Minn., locations, are temporarily, completely closed. Our Pelican Rapids, Woodbury and Colonnade, Minn., and Chandler, Ariz., locations are open as usual.
Please call your Bell Bank location to schedule an appointment. We appreciate the trust you place in Bell and our team when you bank and do business with us. Thank you for understanding the adjustments we must all make during this difficult time. At Bell, people are #1 (which includes consumer and employee safety). This idea is written into our value statement of “Happy employees! Happy customers!” and core values of family, unequaled service and giving back.
Today, more than ever, that is true – and practiced at Bell. See what else Bell is doing to address Coronavirus.
The FDIC insures up to $250,000 per depositor, per bank, per ownership category. (Ownership categories include – but are not limited to – individual accounts, joint accounts, individual retirement accounts and “pay on death” accounts for beneficiaries.)
Use this tool to calculate the deposit insurance coverage for the current accounts you may have at Bell Bank (or accounts you may be considering opening): FDIC Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator (EDIE).
Local and national news outlets have reported an uptick in auto break-ins, robberies and other theft-related crimes since the outbreak of COVID-19. By storing your money at Bell, you’re ensuring your financial security should the unexpected happen.
During this time, Bell continues to offer ATM, drive-through and mobile and online banking services, which allow:
*Note: For help with everything from depositing checks through your smartphone to transferring funds online, we’ve put together a complete guide to banking at home for you.
Should issues arise: