Phishing Text Message - ALERT To Customers

Criminals have been adding phishing phone calls and phishing text messaging to their methods of stealing your personal information. They are sending unexpected communications that state there is some sort of problem with your account. Then they instruct you to provide your personal information. This should not be trusted.

Survey: Business owners' outlooks for 2013 vary

First Merchants Bank, and its divisions, Lafayette Bank & Trust and Commerce National Bank, have released results from a recent survey of business owners in their markets. The survey, part of an outreach effort targeting local business owners, asked for predictions about the economy, business conditions in 2013, and future business challenges.

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.

Security Alert: Smartphone Malware

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

Internet Explorer Patch Release, Friday, September 21

Internet Explorer Patch being released by Microsoft today, Friday, September 21

Upcoming Event: U-BBQ Charity Luncheon

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - You're invited to U-BBQ! Proceeds from this event will benefit the United Way! U-BBQ will feature Parrett’s Pulled Pork & The Igloo Frozen Custard, plus baked beans, potato salad, chips, and lemonade.

When: September 26, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Place, 250 Main Street, Lafayette, Ind.

Tickets: $6 in advance, $8 at the door / $6 with student ID

Voting is Open for Lafayette Area Readers' Choice Awards

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Voting is now open for the Lafayette Journal and Courier's annual Readers' Choice awards.

Lafayette Bank & Trust, an Indiana bank serving Indiana customers since 1899, appreciates your votes! Vote for us in the categories of:

LBT Presents Fraud Prevention Seminar for Seniors

LAFAYETTE, Ind.- Financial Awareness and Fraud Prevention will be the topic of the educational seminar geared toward seniors, presented by Lafayette Bank & Trust on Wednesday, June 20. Lafayette Bank & Trust will present the seminar twice, once at 9 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of its Main Office at 250 Main St., Lafayette, Indiana. Registration is required for the event by June 18. Attendees can register by email at registration@lbtonline.com or by phone at 765.423.7264.

First Merchants Bank Acquires Loans and Assumes Deposits of Shelby County Bank

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