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Fraud Text Alerts

Accelerated. Automated.

  • Overview

    Defense At Your Fingertips

    Protecting our members from fraudulent activity is our top priority. That’s why we’ve strengthened our defenses with a new, automated system that can identify threats faster, notify you sooner and equip you with the tools you need to take immediate action against fraud. 

    The new free feature allows you to receive an automated call that easily walks you through reviewing suspicious activity on your AFFCU Visa® Debit or Credit card. You may also receive Automated Fraud Alerts text messages on your mobile phone. We will also send a fraud alert via email.

    • Immediate Alerts – When suspicious activity is detected on your account, we don’t wait for an agent to dial your number – our automated system will contact you by text or phone.
    • 2-Way Communication – You can take action the second you receive your alert – by texting the provided command word or interacting with the automated system on the phone; simply follow the instructions to answer questions regarding your recent card activity.
    • Real-time Support – Our live representatives will be ready to assist you at any time to ensure you receive the best defense exactly when you need it.

    Even better? There’s no sign up process because you’re automatically enrolled to receive fraud alerts!

    Log in to Online Banking to review and update your contact information to ensure that you receive these important alerts.

  • Questions

    Fraud Text Alerts Frequently Asked Questions

    • A text message and/or pre-recorded voice call may be sent to your mobile device when there is a suspicious transaction(s) identified. Simply reply to the text to confirm whether or not you recognize the transaction(s). If you do not recognize the transaction(s), you will receive a text asking you to call 888-918-7313 for further assistance. There will be a block placed on your card to protect you from further fraud until you call us. If you reply to the text that you recognize the transaction(s), your card will remain available for use.   If you do not reply to the text within 30 minutes, a pre-recorded voice call may be attempted to your mobile device and home number listed on your account. If you receive a pre-recorded call, please listen to the prompts provided to review and respond to the validity of each transaction that is presented during the call. An email will also be sent to the address on file to confirm transactions on the account. You can also call us at any time to validate the transactions or if you have any concerns about the message you received.
    • SMS stands for Short Message Service and is also commonly referred to as a “text message.” With an SMS, you can send a message of up to 160 characters to another device. Longer messages will automatically be split up into several parts. Most mobile phones support this type of text messaging.
    • There’s no need to register for automated fraud alerts. As a member of AFFCU with a Visa® Debit or Credit card you are automatically eligible to receive fraud alerts via SMS, phone or email.  Please make sure to review and update your contact information in online banking so you will receive alerts should there be any suspicious transactions on your account. 
    • There’s no cost to use the automated fraud alerts service. AFFCU pays for all costs associated with sending and delivering the SMS fraud alert messages to your mobile device. This service is provided to you free of charge.
    • Yes! Your security is our first priority! Our fraud alert messages will simply ask you to reply Y or N to confirm charges. We will never ask for your account number, card number, PIN number, or any other personal information via text message. If you ever receive a text message asking for any personal or identifying information, please do not respond. Call AFFCU at 800.227.5328 immediately to report the fraudulent text message.
    • You will still receive automated fraud alerts via phone and email. A text messaging plan is not required, but is a great way to receive fraud alerts about your AFFCU account.
    • SMS fraud alerts will come from 919-37. You may want to save this number in your contacts with a name you will recognize for future alerts. We recommend ‘AFFCU Fraud Alerts’. Fraud alert messages sent from this number will also be labeled with the AFFCU’s name.
    • Please update your contact information in online banking as soon as possible so that alerts will be sent to the proper number on file. You will still receive alerts on your home phone number or email, if that information is on file. Accurate contact information is important so that we can reach you in the event we identify suspicious transactions on your account.
    • Most SMS messages have a maximum length of 160 characters per message. Some alerts may require multiple messages to provide you with all the necessary information.  All SMS messages are paid by AFFCU and you will not be charged for any text message alerts.
    • To opt-out of text alerts, simply reply STOP to any text alert. You will no longer receive fraud alerts via SMS message. You may also opt-out by calling the number provided on the back of your card and asking to be opted out of Automated Fraud Alerts messages.
    • If you recognize all of the transactions present in the fraud alert. Simply reply “Y”, to confirm the activity as valid. Your card will automatically be unblocked and no further action is required. You may now complete any purchases that may have been declined.
    • No. Commands can be sent as upper-case, lower-case or a mixture of both.

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