Mobile phone malware alert

RSA is reporting new malware that begins by infecting your PC and then tricks you into downloading malware to your smartphone. The malware is designed to intercept text messages that pertain to bank accounts. Here is what to watch for:

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.

OCC Reports Fraudulent Communications

Fake correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds that are supposedly under the control of the OCC and other government entities is being distributed by criminals via e-mail, fax, and postal mail. Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the benefit of any individual or entity is fraudulent and should not be responded to. The OCC does not participate in the transfer of funds for any person or entity.

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

Global Payment, Inc. Breach

You may have recently read about the Global Payments, Inc. card breach and have some questions about how this might affect you. Global Payments, Inc. is a card processor for debit, credit and gift cards. While the full details are yet to be disclosed, what is known is that this company was breached by criminals earlier this year and are working to determine what card information was stolen. First Merchants wants you to be aware that:

Phishing Phone Call Alert

There are reports that fraudulent phone calls are being made by criminals that are recordings purporting to be from First Merchants. This is a common phone phishing scam that the criminals use in which the pose as a financial institution. The phone call is normally a recording that directs the recipient to press a number (usually 1) and provide information regarding their debit cards and potentially other information.

OCC Scam Alert

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the OCC regarding funds purportedly under the control of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and other government entities, is in circulation. People have received the correspondence by email, fax and postal mail.

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