Don’t Fall Victim to the Grandparent Scam

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According to the Federal Trade Commission, between 2012 and 2014, consumers reported more than $42 million in losses from scams involving the impersonation of family members and friends. This scam, commonly known as the “grandparent scam,” is a form of financial abuse that deliberately targets older Americans.

To commit this crime, fraudsters call claiming to be a family member in serious trouble and in need of money immediately. The scammer might say he’s stranded or has been mugged, and call in the middle of the night to add to the urgency and confusion. Once the money is wired, the victim later finds out that it wasn’t their grandchild they were helping, it was a criminal.

  • Confirm the caller. Fraudsters are using social networking sites to gain the personal information of friends and relatives to carry out their crimes. Verify the caller by calling them back on a known number or consult a trusted family member before acting on any request.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fraudsters want to execute their crimes quickly. In this type of scam, they count on fear and your concern for your loved one to make you act before you think. The more questions you ask the more inclined they will be to ditch the scam if they suspect you’re on to them.
  • Never give personal information to anyone over the phone unless you initiated the call and the other party is trusted.
  • Never rush into a financial decision and trust your instincts. Don’t be fooled—if something doesn’t feel right, it may not be right. Feel free to say no and get more information before you send money to someone.

For more tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from Elder Abuse, visit the American Banker Association's Safe Banking for Seniors resource center.

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Source: American Bankers Association

 

 

Gene Miles Featured in Hoosier Banker

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Our President and CEO, Gene Miles, was featured in the May edition of the Indiana Bankers Association’s Hoosier Banker. His interview covers topics from growing up on a farm to what he enjoys most about banking. Click here to read the article and check out the video of Gene talking about a career in banking.ijo;lio;io;

First Farmers Financial Corp. Declares Dividend March 8, 2016

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FFFCLogoConverse, Ind., March 8, 2016 -- First Farmers Financial Corp. (OTCQX Banks; FFMR), the parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., announced that on March 8, 2016 the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend for the first quarter of 2016 of $0.32 per share, payable on April 15, 2016 to shareholders of record as of March 31, 2016. This quarterly dividend represents a 6.7% increase over the quarterly dividend declared in March 2015.

First Farmers Financial Corp is a $1.48 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse, Indiana. First Farmers Bank & Trust has 29 offices throughout Carroll, Cass, Clay, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Johnson, Starke, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and Wabash counties in Indiana and 7 offices in Coles, Edgar and Vermilion counties in Illinois.

 

 

First Farmers Bank & Trust completes conversion of Citizens Exchange Bank in Fairmount, IN

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First Farmers Bank & Trust completes conversion of Citizen Exchange Bank in FairmoFairmount Editunt, IN.

First Farmers Bank & Trust would like to announce the opening of the branch location in Fairmount, IN.  The branch is located at 102 S Main St. The lobby is now open Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm and on Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm. The drive up is now open Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am to 12noon.  Debbie Shrout, will be managing the location.  Contact us for assistance with any of your banking needs at (765) 948-4220 or access internet banking services at ffbt.com.

First Farmers Financial Corp is a $1.48 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse, Indiana. First Farmers Bank & Trust has 30 offices throughout Carroll, Cass, Clay, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Johnson, Starke, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and Wabash counties in Indiana and 7 offices in Coles, Edgar and Vermilion counties in Illinois

Our Hours are Changing!

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Please note: The hours at some of our offices are changing, effective January 1, 2016. Only branches listed are changing , click here for a full list of locations.

Amboy

Monday – Thursday          9:00am – 1:00pm
Friday                                  9:00am – 5:00pm

Clay City

Lobby:

Monday – Thursday     9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                              9:00am- 5:00pm

Drive Up:

Monday – Friday          8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday                         9:00am - 12:00pm

Dana

Lobby & Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday    9:00am– 1:00pm

Friday                              9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday                          Closed

Elwood

Lobby:

Monday – Thursday  9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                           9:00am - 6:00pm                                

Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday  8:00am – 5:00pm

Friday                            8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday                       9:00am - 12:00pm

Farmersburg

Lobby & Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday  9:00am – 1:00pm

Friday                            9:00am - 5:00pm

Drive Up:

Saturday                        9:00am - 12:00pm

Huntington

Lobby:

Monday – Thursday  9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                           9:00am - 6:00pm                                

Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday  8:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                            8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday                        Closed

Kokomo Central

Lobby:

Monday – Thursday  9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                           9:00am - 5:00pm                                

Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday  8:00am – 5:00pm

Friday                            8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday                       9:00am - 12:00pm

Kokomo North

Lobby:

Monday – Thursday  9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                           9:00am - 5:00pm                                

Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday  8:00am – 5:00pm

Friday                            8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday                       9:00am - 12:00pm

Kokomo South

Lobby:

Monday – Thursday  9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday                           9:00am - 5:00pm                                

Drive Up:

Monday – Thursday  8:00am – 5:00pm

Friday                            8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday                       9:00am - 12:00pm

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