First Financial warns of phone scam

First Financial Bank is warning consumers about a phone scam involving fraudsters who claim to be offering pre-approved loans to customers.

In this scam, fraudsters claim to be calling from First Financial Bank and say they are offering a pre-approved loan. The fraudster then claims that the victim will need to send money for insurance before receiving the loan funds.

In addition, the fraudster may also ask for the victim’s Bank name, account number and routing number. The calls are being received throughout the United States and appear to be coming from the West Coast and from outside of the country. The fraudster could also claim to be calling from Ohio.

If you received a suspicious call or mailing: Be sure to never send money or provide sensitive personal information over the phone and report it to our call center at 877-322-9530.

About this scam and what to do:

  • These calls are not being made by First Financial Bank
  • Loans and all information provided by fraudsters is not associated with First Financial Bank
  • Be sure to never provide account and routing numbers or any personal information, especially in connection with an unsolicited call
  • If you receive a suspicious call or mailing, please report it to our call center at 877-322-9530.

Fraudsters have also directed victims to the First Financial Bank website in order to try to validate that they are offering a legitimate loan.

There are some variations to the scam, fraudsters have also been asking for some victims to go to various stores and purchase reloadable Vanilla or Green Dot cards to send money to them. In other cases, they have sent documents using First Financial banking center addresses in attempt to deceive the victim.