F.B.I warns on scams

The FBI warns us of the following scams, which seem to be growing in popularity:

Online Shopping Scams—If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Steer clear of unfamiliar sites offering items at unrealistic discounts or gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product. You may end up paying for an item, giving away personal information, and then receive nothing in return except a compromised identity. In addition, do not open any unsolicited e-mails or click on the links provided.

Fraudulent Debit Card Calls Reported

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that criminals have been making phone calls to customers and non-customers claiming to be First Merchants Bank and Lafayette Bank and Trust regarding their FMB Debit Card.

First Merchants Corporation Completes its Merger with Ameriana Bancorp

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI) of New Castle, Indiana on December 31, 2015.  In connection with the merger, Ameriana Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank, N.A.  The combined First Merchants Bank now has 117 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $6.7 billion in assets, $4.6 billion in loans, $5.2 billion in deposits, and total shareholders’ equity of $809 million.  The full integration of Ameriana Bank

First Merchants Corporation and Ameriana Bancorp Announce the Signing of a Definitive Merger Agreement

 
MUNCIE, Ind. & NEW CASTLE, Ind.—(BUSINESS WIRE) —First Merchants Corporation
(NASDAQ: FRME) and Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI) today announced they have executed a
definitive agreement whereby Ameriana Bancorp will merge with and into First Merchants Corporation,
and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank,
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The merger agreement provides that shareholders of Ameriana Bancorp will have the right to exchange

Muncie First Merchants Community Room Dedication

First Merchants Bank Community Room - June 2015

Pictured left to right:  Megan Jeffers, Mike Stewart, Karen Karmolinski, Mayor Dennis Tyler and Mark Hardwick.
 

 

FMC Announces Sale of First Merchants Insurance Group

MUNCIE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) announced the sale of First Merchants Insurance Group (FMIG), a licensed insurance agency affiliate of First Merchants Bank, N.A. to USI Insurance Services, effective June 12, 2015.

2016 Northwest Indiana and Chicago’s Southland Shred Events

 

First Merchants Bank is providing free community shred days! Protect your identity and clean out your home or office at the same time.

IC3 and FBI warn of Business Email Compromise

According to an online statement from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the FBI, nearly 2,000 individuals have fallen victim to a wire payment scam across 45 countries, which has led to an estimated loss of $215 million.

In response to the wire payment scam, law enforcement agencies are issuing a widespread warning about a large scale operation that is tricking employees at both small and large businesses, called the Business Email Compromise.

OCC Warns of Phishing Attempt

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a phishing warning regarding the following excerpt:

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via email, fax, or postal mail.

First Merchants Corporation Announces the Completion of its Merger with Community Bancshares, Inc.

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with Community Bancshares, Inc., of Noblesville, Indiana on Friday, November 7, 2014. In connection with the merger, Community Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank. The combined First Merchants Bank has 107 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $5.9 billion in assets, $3.9 billion in loans, $4.6 billion in deposits, and total shareholders’ equity of $700 million.

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