WARNING Keep Your Information Safe This Shopping Season

As we enter the holiday season be aware not only consumer activity will be on the rise but criminals ramp up their efforts to gain access to personal information through various channels as well; phishing e-mails prompting clicking on links, text messages prompting a return call to provide information, phony businesses on social networks with malicious code ready to be installed, and non-legitimate websites claiming to have the "hot" gift of the season.

OCC Warning of False Communication

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On November 5, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a warning regarding a ficticious correspondence. The communication is being delivered by e-mail, fax and physical letters. It presents itself as issued by the OCC claiming that the OCC is involved in holding funds for the benefit of the person receiving the communication. It is false. The OCC does not participate in the transfer of funds for, or on behalf of, individuals, business enterprises, or governmental entities.

Vote FMB at the Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum Tree Festival

MOORELAND, Ind. - First Merchants Bank is sponsoring a holiday tree at the annual Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum Christmas Tree Festival. First Merchants employees decorated the tree, themed "The Gold Rush." The decorations were inspired by First Merchants' gold shield logo.

FMB's Jeff Parsons Wins John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchant's Jeff Parsons was awarded the John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on October 25.

Walker County Band Visits FMB

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Ind. - Local music group Walker County held a CD release party at the First Merchants parking lot in Sulphur Springs on October 20. Approximately 100 people attended the CD release party. Walker County performed for attendees and had a meet-and-greet session at the celebration.

FMB Bucket Brigade Supports United Way

Volunteers Support United Way Community Market

DECATUR, Ind. – On Tuesday, October 16, volunteers from First Merchants Bank in Decatur participated in the annual United Way Community Market Day at a local grocery store. Volunteers bagged groceries, helped customers to their cars, retrieved carts, and collected receipts and donations to the United Way. First Merchants’ volunteers donated one hour per person.

Security Alert: Smartphone Malware

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Smartphone Users Should be Aware of Malware Targeting Mobile Devices and Safety Measures to Help Avoid Compromise

Second Harvest Hosts FMB Day of Giving

MUNCIE, Ind. – On September 27, First Merchants employees partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana for a day of giving and service. The 50 First Merchants volunteers helped distribute food at Second Harvest’s Tailgate, bagged and sorted food, and cleaned the cooler, freezer and other areas in the warehouse.

Library Plans Green Space through First Merchants Bank Gift

DECATUR, Ind. - The Adams Public Library System recently acquired the property across from the Decatur branch through a gift from First Merchants Bank. Library director Kelly Ehinger notes, “The location is perfect for outdoor programming and is a dream come true!”