How to check your balance with Fast Balances

Sometimes you just need information fast – like when you’re standing in the checkout line with a cart full of holiday goodies and you’re doing the mental math to figure out if your bank account will cover all of the items.

With the Fast Balances feature in your mobile banking app, you can quickly check the balances in your First County Bank accounts.

Here’s how to activate Fast Balances:

1. Log in to your First County Bank mobile banking app

2. Go to the banking services menu to set up and manage your Fast Balances

3. Click on the grey pulldown tab above the sign-in page

It’s easy to go mobile! Click here to get started now.

If you have questions about the app, please call the CustomerFirst Contact Center – 203.462.4400, weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – or stop by any of our branches to meet with a Digital Ambassador.


Small Business Saturday

To support National Small Business Saturday on November 30th, Branch Managers Sheila Content and Mike Victor, along with Cash Management representative Andreea Pamint, were in attendance at the Norwalk Library for the Holiday Market presented by Norwalk Now and the Wall Street Neighborhood Association. The First County Bank team outfitted the Holiday shopping event that featured local businesses, with giveaways and financial information to support business owners and shoppers alike.  The event host – Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling- stopped by our table for a quick photo opp with our team.


Filling in the Blanks Mobile Food Pantry

‘Tis the season of giving, and giving back is just what the First County Bank team did at the Connecticut Food Bank’s  Mobile Food Panty, in partnership with the nonprofit organizations Filling in the Blanks and Family & Children’s Agency.  Team teal was hard at work unloading pallets from the truck and on to the food distribution tables, while other bank volunteers handed out fresh veggies, eggs, laundry detergent, and more, to Norwalk Families in attendance.  Our team moved quickly, providing food to over 225 families in one hour!  The First County Bank team had a rewarding experience giving back to our local community.


First County Bank Spotlight - Anna Maria Pace

Get to know Anna Maria Pace, Branch Manager of our West Main
Street- Stamford location.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a mother to two adult children ages 24 and 21. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my kids (whenever I can), and staying busy working around my house-especially in the summer months.  I also spend a lot of time hanging with my sidekick Stella – a 5-year-old Boxer/ Pitty rescue dog, who loves our long walks.

Do you have a secret
talent?

Organizing! I love finding ways of making life easier by having an organized home and office, while keeping clutter at bay.

What is your favorite
part of your role with First County Bank?

My favorite part of my role with First County Bank is being
there for my customers. My customers know that when they have a question, an
issue or a life change, they can come to me for help. I really enjoy helping my
customers understand their finances so they can achieve their personal or
business goals. It is great to get to know my customers and their families.

Do you have a
favorite First County Bank moment?

I have a lot of favorite moments being with the bank for 10 years. But, the moment that stands out the most for me is when I had the pleasure of helping a family of five with their mortgage which ran smoothly, allowing the family to move into their new home just in time for summer.  


How to deposit checks from your phone

Mobile Banking provides an easy way to check your banking tasks off your to-do list, with one of its most convenient tools: mobile check deposit.

When you receive a check eligible for mobile deposit, simply open the First County Bank mobile app on your compatible smartphone or mobile device and select "Deposit a Check," then select the account to receive the deposit and enter the amount of the check. 

Next, take a picture of the front and back of the check.  Endorse the check and write "For mobile deposit only."

Next, tap "Make a Deposit" and your submission is complete. We’ll do the rest. The best part is you can view a copy of the check any time.  For complete details, click here.

Not using Mobile Banking? Now is a great time to start.


Stamford Downtown Balloon Parade 2019

The First County Bank team marched through the challenging weather at this year's Balloon Parade.

Scooby-Doo took to the rainy, windy streets of downtown Stamford with 52 volunteers serving as balloon handlers, banner holders, and street team members. We marched and spun our way down Summer Street and Atlantic Street in front of big crowds, as spectators waved our teal "SPIN" signs while chanting for us to spin, and cheered us on from start to finish!

A big thank you goes out to our balloon handlers, who did an outstanding job helping Scooby say hello to his many fans. And special thanks to the street team for their efforts on Atlantic and Prospect Streets.

Take a look at some of our team in action!


Big Checks - Highlighting Stamford Organizations

This is our last round of big checks for the year and this time we are proud to feature organizations who all support the Stamford area including Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford EMS, Inc., Stamford Hospital, Stamford Museum, Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc. and Stamford Senior Center, Inc.

Check out their websites to learn more about the work they do for the community.


How to avoid online shopping scams

Cyber Monday may be over, but the online shopping continues with many of us doing much of holiday shopping from the comfort of our couch.

While most legitimate retailers have deals and specials going on, scammers also take advantage of the holiday. Learn how to protect yourself from cyber scams:

  1. Don’t open links or attachments in emails
    Fraudsters send emails that are designed to look exactly like the emails from popular retailers, but with bad links which can install malware on your computer, or direct you to a fraudulent site that asks for your personal information.
  2. Use a secure network
    Beware of using unsecured Wi-Fi or public Wi-Fi networks, like at a coffee shop or airport. Hackers may be able to access the sensitive information you share while using these networks. Need to connect? Consider using a firewall to protect your transactions and information.
  3. Beware of offers that sound too good to be true
    There are likely going to be many good deals out there, but if something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Read reviews about a company or product to make sure the company is legitimate.
  4. Diversify your passwords
    Once a hacker cracks one of your passwords, they are likely to try it on your other accounts. Using different passwords for each account can protect your information.
  5. Update the software on your device
    Software updates typically include security patches, so it’s best to make sure everything is up to date before doing your shopping.

Finally – Protect yourself from “porch pirates”
Unattended packages on your front porch are easy prey for thieves. Instead, have packages delivered to an office, or submit a request to shippers such as UPS and FedEx to have deliveries left in a protected area. Buying from Amazon? You may also select to have your packages delivered to a local locker.


WEBE108 First County Bank Coat Drive

The Webe108 First County Bank coat drive was a huge success!
We received about 300 coats during the 2 week donation period, which were all provided
to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. But, that’s not where our support ended.  The week before Thanksgiving our team was
onsite at the Bridgeport Arena lending a hand. One group assisted as personal shoppers,
helping those in need pick out warm winter coats for themselves and their
family, while another group handed out turkeys and all the fixings for a
Thanksgiving meal.

In just under three hours we were able to help over 225
families pick out a warm winter coat and pick up food to make a home cooked meal,
in time for Thanksgiving.

We want to give thanks to all those who contributed to our coat drive, and to Webe108 and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission for including us in this great day of giving back.


First County Bank Spotlight - Duncan Lee

Meet Duncan Lee, Branch Manager of our Westport location.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Answer: I’ve been in banking
for 25 years, working for several different banks in Connecticut and New York
City.

I live in Stamford with my
wife Andrea, and we are the proud parents of two sons and a 3 year old black
lab named Memphis.  My oldest son is a
sophomore at Quinnipiac University and my youngest is in the 7th
grade. 

When I’m not working I
enjoying skiing with the family and watching my favorite soccer team Manchester
United play.  I am also involved with
Stamford Youth Soccer League as a team manager.

What is your secret talent
you’d like to share so we know more about you? (Do you dance, cook, garden,
loudly whistle, create art, play an instrument, sing, build things, play
sports, compete or train for anything, etc.)

Answer: I compete in Spartan Races. 
Since 2017, I’ve completed 8 races in NJ, NY and VT.  I race with my oldest son, and my youngest participates
in the Spartan Kids race.

What is your favorite part of
your role with First County Bank?

Answer:  My favorite role as branch manager is being
able to help customers solve all their financial needs – big or small, simple
or complex. Whether I’m directly helping or introducing them to different
partners at First County Bank, I’m always happy to provide the solution they
need.

Do you have a favorite First
County Bank moment? This can be any moment at the Bank that has made an impact
on your life.

Answer: My favorite First
County Bank moments are when I’m given opportunities to interact with local
organizations; whether it’s volunteering at an event or delivering Foundation
checks, the Bank’s long standing commitment to strengthening our community
really shines through, and I enjoy being a part of it.


First County Bank Spotlight – Camilo Duque

Meet Camilo Duque, Branch Manager of our Summer Street-
Stamford location.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a native of Ecuador where I was born, but grew up and went to school here in Stamford.  I have worked for First County Bank for the past 32 years, and reside in Norwalk with my lovely wife Monica. I enjoy the simple pleasures of life – traveling, being outdoors in nature, the beach, and of course eating great food.  I am also actively involved in the Hispanic Advisory Community here in Stamford, and recently participated in their annual Hispanic Health Fair which took place back in October.

Do you have a secret talent?
I love listening to music, especially the oldies from the 80’s and 90’s. I am also really into sports, particularly soccer. I even used to play – not so much anymore. But, I am an avid spectator when it comes to watching my favorite teams FC Barcelona and the Ecuadorian national team.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
I would have to say that my favorite part about working for First County Bank is knowing that we help make a difference and improve the lives of many people in our community, like nonprofit organizations and local schools. Additionally, it is great that I get to build strong business relationships with our clients, helping them meet and exceed their financial goals on a daily basis. Lastly, I get to encourage my staff to reach their potential and grow within the bank as I did.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
My favorite First County Bank moment was when my former manager who inspired me, challenged me, trusted and believed in me, came to see me at the office and told me that I was promoted to manager.


How to - Move Your Money

Need to “move some money?” With Online or Mobile Banking from First County Bank it’s easy!

Make a one-time transfer. If your checking account is running a little low, use the Quick Transfer feature to make a transfer from your First County Bank savings account.

Schedule your transfers. Want to pay yourself first? Schedule a transfer to move money automatically from checking to savings on the day your paycheck comes in.

Pay your bills. Use Online Bill Payment to ensure your bills are paid on time by scheduling automatic payments for things like your car insurance or mortgage.

Moving money with Online and Mobile Banking from First County Bank allows you to be where you, and your funds, belong.