Trusteer Warns of New Malware Strain

Trusteer is alerting consumers to a new strain of the malware SpyEye Trojan that attempts to make it difficult to detect fraud by masking what you see.  The best protection is to implement layers of controls to prevent malware infection of your PC(s).  Everyone is encouraged to take the appropriate steps to prevent infection of your PCs and to check your accounts often (daily is recommended) from different sources such as other PCs, ATMs or your banking center. 

Washington: Phishing Scams on the Rise

The American Bankers Association is warning consumers not to fall victim to a sudden increase in phishing scams that have been reported in states around the country.
 

Multiple Phishing Scam Alerts

The OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) has released the following alerts. Both alerts are referring to phishing scams. If you receive these, be assured that they are fraud attempts and should be deleted or destroyed.
 

Municipality and School District ACH Fraud Alert

The Indiana Bankers Association has learned of an issue regarding ACH fraudulent activity that we want to make you aware of. According to the Indiana State Board of Accounts, there have been a series of fraudulent ACH transactions against various Municipality and School accounts throughout the state over the past few months.
 

Phishing Email Alert

The FDIC has released a warning to be aware of phishing emails purportedly from the FDIC. The email is alerting the reader that their ACH or Wire transaction has been temporarily suspended for security reasons and they need to download and install the newest security version. If the link is clicked, it proceeds to infect the readers PC. Currently the emails come from no.replay and notify84zma both ending with @fdic.gov but these can and probably will be changed by the criminals.

First Merchants Employee Takes the Polar Plunge

First Merchants employee Michael Morelli poses in his costume for the 2012 Polar PlungeMUNCIE, Ind. – First Merchants Bank participated in the 2012 Polar Plunge held Saturday, February 11 on the lawn of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center at Ball State University. At the Polar Plunge, participants jumped into a pool of wintry water in exchange for pledges and donations benefiting Special Olympics Indiana.

United Way Names FMB "Company of the Year"

First MErchants Bank was named Company of the Year by the United Way of Delaware CountyMUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Bank was named "Company of the Year" by United Way of Delaware County at the 2012 United Way and Funds Volunteer and Company of the Year Awards Banquet.

Delaware County Employees Volunteer at Blood-N-Fire

First Merchants Bank employees pause for a photo while volunteering at Blood-N-Fire in Muncie. MUNCIE, Ind. – First Merchants Delaware County employees volunteered at Blood-N-Fire Muncie on Friday, February 24. The event was a part of the First Merchants Serves campaign where First Merchants employees partner with various groups and organizations to give back to the community.

Why Your Choice of Trustee Matters

As you plan for your own and your family’s financial future, you may be considering the creation of a trust. If you decide a trust is needed, either during your lifetime or in your will, you will have to choose a trustee to administer it.
 

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