Dragstrip Dash: Oct. 26

Dragstrip Dash logoPLAINFIELD, Ind. - Want to run on the dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway?

The U.S. Government Shutdown and Your Money

INDIANAPOLIS - As of Oct. 1, the federal government has shut down for an indeterminate period of time, and consumers may have concerns about access to their money and other banking services. The Indiana Bankers Association, of which First Merchants Bank and its divisions are members, would like to offer some assurances:

Debit Card Fraudulent Phone Calls

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that criminals have been making phone calls to customers and non-customers claiming to be First Merchants Bank regarding their FMB Debit Card. The caller, which may be a computer automated call, identifies themselves as a representative of First Merchants Bank and is calling to tell the customer that there is an issue with their debit card and proceeds to ask for the debit card number and expiration date. 

Muncie Honors Chad Shelly With Award

Chad Shelly and Belinda Hughes display their Citizenship Awards.MUNCIE, Ind. - Chad Shelly, Banking Center Manager at First Merchants' Madison Street location, was recently awarded the Citizenship Award from the City of Muncie. The city betowed the award for Shelly's work with Interlock and the East Central Indiana autism community.

First Merchants Supports Peace Monument Renovation

Decatur Mayor John Schultz, First Merchants Bank Decatur Market President Dean Fuelling and Bill Wemhoff, a member of the Adams County Peace Monument Committee, stand in front of the Adams County Peace Monument.DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently donated $500 toward the renovation and 100-year rededication of the Adams County Peace Monument.

First Merchants Awards Scholarship to Adams Central Teen

Mortgage Loan Officer Ben Liechty presents a scholarship check to Adams Central's Kristin Broderick.DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Adams Central High School graduate Kristin Broderick. Kristin will be a freshman at Ball State University this fall, studying accounting and business.

Phishing Phone Call Alert

There are reports of fraudulent phone calls being placed by criminals purporting to be from the Social Security Office.  The criminals have some information (i.e. name, account number) to make the calls sound legitimate but are requesting verification in regards to the customer’s financial institution in order to send the card out in the mail. 

This would not be normal practice of the Social Security Office or a financial institution.

Local Children Receive School Supplies

Stuff the bus event at the Muncie main officeMUNCIE, Ind. - Throughout the month of July, all Delaware County Banking Centers and the Data Center were collection locations for the Hearts and Hands United 7th Annual Tools for School supply drive.

Employees Help Build Habitat for Humanity Home

First Merchants Bank employees volunteered at a recent Habitat for Humanity buildMUNCIE, Ind. - On Friday, July 12, First Merchants Bank, Muncie Region celebrated a Community Day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home in Muncie. Twelve volunteers worked on completing the insulation installation, hanging exterior siding, interior door hardware and general site clean up.

First Merchants Awards Scholarship to Bellmont Teen

Decatur Market President Dean Fuelling presents a scholarship check to Bellmont's Josh Hall.DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Bellmont High School graduate Josh Hall. Josh will be a freshman at Ball State University this fall, pursuing a degree in Business.

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