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March 2023

  • March 24, 2023

    New fraud training video available from OBA

    The number of bank robberies in Oklahoma, as well as nationwide, has remained consistently low for the past few years. It is still critically important, however, our banks train for the “when” and not “if” as the safety of all our bankers and customers is a primary goal. The OBA has created an updated training video via Zoom, which features …

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  • March 8, 2023

    OBA 2023 Senior Management Conference set for April

    The Oklahoma Bankers Association 2023 Senior Management Conference is scheduled for April 2-4 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. One of the key benefits in the conference will be talking with your peers. Attendees at the OBA 2022 Senior Management Conference will be surrounded by those with similar titles, similar workloads, similar problems and likely solutions to issues that can be …

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  • March 3, 2023

    FinCEN posts alert on check fraud through postal service

    In light of a nationwide surge in check fraud schemes targeting the U.S. Mail, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued an alert on Monday to financial institutions to be vigilant in identifying and reporting such activity. This alert provided an overview of a recent surge in mail theft-related check fraud, highlighted select redflags to assist financial institutions in identifying and reporting suspicious activity and remindedfinancial …

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February 2023

  • February 27, 2023

    Counterfeit savings bonds becoming issue in Oklahoma

    SSA Lantz Stuart, with the U. S. Secret Service, one of our federal partners, has shared information that counterfeit U.S. Savings Bonds are being fraudulently negotiated in financial institutions across Oklahoma. He has notified us that losses were large ($176,000) for the impacted banks in Nevada where it originated and nationwide losses are estimated at over $50 million. This activity …

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  • February 22, 2023

    OBA Fraud department examining transition during upcoming year

    As the calendar turned to 2023, it became evident the Oklahoma Bankers Association was going to celebrate an important milestone anniversary this year for one of its employees.       Elaine Dodd, the OBA’s resident fraud expert, will have her 20th anniversary at the beginning of October. Hired in 2003, Dodd’s work has surpassed all hopes and expectations the OBA leadership …

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Jeremy Cowen

Jeremy Cowen, Senior Vice President/Communications

Email: jeremy@oba.com      |      Phone: Ext. 113

Jeremy has been in charge of the Oklahoma Banker newspaper as well as the OBA website and other member communications since joining the OBA in January 2002. A native of Hartshorne and a 1997 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he enjoys meeting and talking with the different people he encounters while doing his job. Previously, Jeremy worked as a sports writer in Lawton and, for the four years prior to joining the OBA, Lubbock, Texas, where he decided the town wasn’t big enough for both him and Bobby Knight. When not working, Jeremy loves to hike, read, watch football, baseball and boxing and teach journalism to high school and college students. And, if you ask, there’s a good chance he will regale you with the story about being interviewed on ESPN by Chris Fowler.