MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that the criminals calling your cell phones and home phones are adding a new feature to their attempts to get your information. They are masking the phone number to show your own number; it looks like your phone is calling you. They are betting that you’ll be more likely to answer and respond to a call if it is your own phone number if for no other reason other than curiosity.
MUNCIE, Ind. - The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning businesses that a specific email fraud scam is escalating. This scam normally involves a person receiving an email at their business address that seems to be a legitimate invoice from a vendor requesting payment via a wire transfer to a designated bank account. The FBI reports that the emails are altered to make it difficult to identify the true sender of the email and is usually not caught until after the money has been transferred.
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Be aware that a recent increase has been detected in individuals attempting to gain businesses' bank account information in an effort to commit fraud in the future. These attempts do not necessarily involve Business Online Banking credentials.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that malware called Cryptowall is showing up with increasing frequency. Cryptowall, an updated version of an older type of malware, will encrypt the hard drive on the PC (or tablet or phone or server) you are working on and will demand a ransom payment via Bitcoin (non-traceable) to decrypt it. If your device is compromised, the only way to fix it is to completely wipe the hard drive and start over. Any data not backed up will be lost.
MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants is proud to announce it has been named one of SNL Financial’s Top Performing Regional Banks in the nation for 2013. Of the top 25 best-performing regional banks, First Merchants ranked 23rd based on core financial metrics.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Many of you have read the media reports about the Heartbleed bug, an OpenSSL vulnerability that can be used to expose user names and passwords through the use of the Internet.
First Merchants bank has assessed this vulnerability and can assure you that our systems are not at risk to this vulnerability.
MUNCIE, Ind. - You may have read information regarding the very serious security flaw in iPhones, iPods, and iPads. The flaw allows hackers to intercept any encrypted data from a user when on a Wi-Fi network and other connections. This includes e-mails, log in credential, and credit card information. This possibly affects Mac computers as well. Apple has released a patch for this flaw for iPhones, iPods, and iPads (Mac’s will be updated soon), but you should take some steps to ensure you are protected.
On the positive side, many iPhones and iPads are set to auto update.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – At Commerce National Bank’s 2014 Economic Forecast, held on January 22 at the OSU 4-H Center, Regional President Jennifer Griffith welcomed and introduced economist Michael J. Hicks, PhD, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. This is Dr. Hicks' first appearance at the annual event.
MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants is proud to partner with United Way to support the MyFreeTaxes program, which provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals.