US Department of Treasury warns taxpayers about a ‘frightening’ fraud scam

The US Department of Treasury is warning taxpayers about a ‘frightening’ fraud scam. The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a warning January 19 advising taxpayers to be aware of callers impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and threatening victims to pay back-owed taxes following reports that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) received 900,000 reports of fraudulent calls, resulting in over $26.5 million in victim losses since October 2013.

First Merchants Bank of the Year

First Merchants is proud to announce it has been named Bank of the Year by NWI Regional Development Company for 2015.

At First Merchants we’re proud of our Business Banking TEAM!  Partnership plays a vital role in the growth of your business and we bring the right people together to provide our clients with convenience, expertise and superior personalized service.

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

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First Merchants Holiday Fraud Awareness

Avoid becoming a victim of fraud this holiday season.

Below are six tips to help you avoid becoming a victim in Cyberspace this holiday season for both home and at work.

Think twice before clicking on email attachments or website links:  Cyber-criminals take advantage of the holiday shopping season by using “order confirmation” and “shipping notification” emails to install malicious software on a victim’s computer. If you haven’t purchased anything online recently, don’t open or click on emails of this nature.

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