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Enhanced Card Fraud Protection

Enhanced Fraud Protection for UECU Check and Credit Cardholders

At UECU, we are committed to helping our members protect themselves from Fraud. We recently enhanced fraud protection services for UECU Visa Cardholders. You will now receive texts and/or emails, in addition to phone calls, to confirm if suspicious purchases are valid or not. We will ONLY ask you to verify if you did make the purchase(s) or not, we will NOT ask for account or personal information via text or email. The type of communication you receive (i.e. text, email, or phone call) will depend upon the time of day the suspected transaction occurred and if you have a mobile phone number on record with the Credit Union.

Keeping you protected is important to us and we are excited to offer these new enhanced fraud services to you. If you have questions, please contact the Credit Union at 800.288.6423.


Q. Is this service 24 hours, or only in a certain window?

A. Calls are initiated only during certain hours so cardholders aren’t being called after normal waking hours. Emails will be sent 24 hours. Text will be sent from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the cardholder’s time zone. Calls will be sent from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the cardholder’s time zone. Texts and voice calls pending from the night before will be triggered the following morning at the applicable time noted above. Staff is available 24/7.

Q. How can I stop text messages if I don’t want to receive them any longer?

A. All you need to do is respond back to the SMS text alert with the word STOP. U.S. consumers who have service through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile will not be charged message or data rates for our fraud alerts. We absorb that cost for you!

Q. Will the product work for members residing in Canada?

A. Both text and email alerts are available to members residing in Canada.

Q. Can the alerts be sent to members travelling internationally?

A. These members have U.S. numbers, but are travelling overseas, possibly on a non-US carrier. We are unable to send text or phone calls internationally, but please make sure your email address is current as we can always email you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Q. How do cardholders enroll?

A. We have already included you in these enhanced services as part of our fraud protection services.

Q. What triggers these alerts?

A. Transactions that we have identified as potential fraud trigger the alerts.

Q. If I receive an alert, does that automatically block my account from further purchases?

A. The majority of suspected fraud accounts will be blocked, just as they are today. However, some lower risk items may not be declined.

Q. If I respond back that the transaction(s) are valid, will you automatically unblock my account?

A. Yes, though please keep in mind that it could take 5 – 10 minutes for a block to be removed in some situations.

Q. If a transaction is declined due to suspected fraud, but I validate that I did make the purchase, can I try to complete the purchase again?

A. Once the alert is updated in our fraud system, you can attempt the transaction again, usually within 5 – 10 minutes of the initial call/text/email to validate activity.

Q. What if my “yes” or “no” text response has a typo?

A. The system will accept many common typo variations of the “yes” or “no” text message response. If the system cannot understand what was typed, it will generate a message to call a representative for help.

Q. Is there a difference for consumers and businesses cardholders?

A. No.

Q. Can I establish preferences through my mobile app?

A. The Fraud Alert Messaging is not configured through a mobile app, but rather through fraud systems. The standard order of communication is:

1) Text
2) Voice Call
3) Email

Alerts generated overnight result in an email only until calling and texting hours are available. Text will be sent from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the cardholder’s time zone. Calls will be sent from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the cardholder’s time zone.

Q. How do incoming and outgoing voice calls work?

A. The Fraud Alert Messaging is triggered by today’s existing fraud system. If a mobile phone is on record, a text alert will be triggered first. All numbers on record that are identified as a mobile phone will be utilized. If we do not receive a response to the text(s), the system sends an automated voice call asking you to confirm if authorizations are valid or unrecognized. If you select “Not Recognized,” the call is transferred to staff to confirm the fraudulent transaction(s). If there is no response to the text or voice call, an email is sent requesting that you confirm the transactions are valid.