MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that the criminals calling your cell phones and home phones are adding a new feature to their attempts to get your information. They are masking the phone number to show your own number; it looks like your phone is calling you. They are betting that you’ll be more likely to answer and respond to a call if it is your own phone number if for no other reason other than curiosity.
MUNCIE, Ind. - The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning businesses that a specific email fraud scam is escalating. This scam normally involves a person receiving an email at their business address that seems to be a legitimate invoice from a vendor requesting payment via a wire transfer to a designated bank account. The FBI reports that the emails are altered to make it difficult to identify the true sender of the email and is usually not caught until after the money has been transferred.
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DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants employees recently supported the local HERO Meals program in Decatur with a monetary donation, raised from 'blue jean Fridays' at the bank earlier this year. This year, the program provided 90 children from Northwest, Southeast and St.
Be aware that a recent increase has been detected in individuals attempting to gain businesses' bank account information in an effort to commit fraud in the future. These attempts do not necessarily involve Business Online Banking credentials.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that malware called Cryptowall is showing up with increasing frequency. Cryptowall, an updated version of an older type of malware, will encrypt the hard drive on the PC (or tablet or phone or server) you are working on and will demand a ransom payment via Bitcoin (non-traceable) to decrypt it. If your device is compromised, the only way to fix it is to completely wipe the hard drive and start over. Any data not backed up will be lost.
DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Adams Central High School graduate Ben Lehman. The son of Eric and Jodi Lehman of Berne, Ben will be entering the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University this fall, majoring in marketing.
HIGHLAND, Ind. - May 4th's Lake County March for Babies event, held at Highland High School, raised a record-breaking amount of money for the March of Dimes. The event is meant to raise awareness and funds for infant health as the March of Dimes works toward reducing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.