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Easiest Guide On How To Block A Lost Or Stolen ATM Card

Easiest Guide On How To Block A Lost Or Stolen ATM Card
Losing your ATM card is an awful experience, and even worst when you have a huge sum of money in the account.
As the world is advancing in technology, many easy methods of shopping online are being developed and our ATM cards are becoming more useful. Many ATM scammers are now using the available credit and debit cards in duping innocent victims of their hard earned money. You can protect yourself from falling victim of these modernised ways of scamming by reading this post on tips for protecting yourself from ATM scams.
If your ATM card gets missing, the first step in securing your money is by acting fast. Personally, I have two bank accounts, one for storing my savings and the other for spending, the money in my spending account doesn't exceed the amount I would be needing in a given period of time and that's my only bank account that has an ATM card.
I use this method because I know the risk involved in losing your ATM card. I've heard the story of a guy that lost more than $700 in less than 24 hours after losing his ATM card. This is to show you how serious the matter is, the numbers written in your ATM cards are as important as your ATM pins and should be guided as such.
If you have ever shopped online, you'll know that most payment gateways don't require our ATM pins before billing us. This is because they believe that for you to have access to the ATM numbers, you must have been permitted by the account owners or even be the owner. This is not always true as scammers are now making use of these numbers and duping people.
So the easiest way of protecting your money is by keeping your ATM in safe hands, only give them to people you trust and avoid inputting the digits in suspicious websites.
What if the card gets into wrong hands? Then you'll have to act fast by blocking it.

How to block/deactivate ATM card if stolen

If your ATM card gets stolen, you can block it by using your banks' mobile app or USSD. This is the fastest and it'll get blocked immediately.
Another fast method is by contacting your bank's customer care services. In most Nigerian banks, customers coming for issues related to blocking of ATM cards are attended to first, so you can just skip the queue by making your motive known to the customer care.

• How to block GTbank ATM card

If your GTBank ATM card gets lost or stolen, you can block it from your mobile device by sending “HOTLIST (ACCOUNT NUMBER)” as a message to 08076665555.
The SMS would cost less than ₦10  and should be sent from the number you used in opening the account.

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• How to block Access Bank ATM card

If your Access Bank issues ATM card gets missing, you can block the card by contacting the Access Bank customer care number with +234 1- 2712005-7.
Alternatively, you can use your mobile app or walk into any Access Bank branch nearby and the customer care will attend to you immediately.

• How to block First Bank ATM card

As a First Bank customer, you can easily block your lost or stolen Verve ATM card by sending “BLOCK” to 30012 via the SMS alert number registered with your account.

• How to block Zenith Bank ATM card

To block your Zenith Bank ATM card, simply log in to your internet banking platform and follow the steps below
  - Click the menu bar and select Cards and Cheques
  - Under TYPE select Deactivate Card 
  - Enter the reason and click on continue.

• How to block FCMB bank ATM card

You can block your FCMB MasterCard and Verve cards by dialing 0700 329 0000 or 01-279 8800 with your mobile phone and following the voice prompt. You can also send an email to customerservice@fcmb.com requesting for the deactivation of your AM card and it'll be done in minutes.

• How to block UBA ATM card

You can block your UBA ATM card by sending an email to CFC@ubagroup.com, the email should contain your NUBAN account number and a message requesting that your card be blocked. You should also send the email from the email address you used in opening your account.
Alternatively, you can log-in to your internet banking platform and select 'self service' to request for the deactivation of your card.

• How to block Wema bank ATM card

You can block your Wema Bank ATM card by visiting any of the bank's branches around you or with any internet enabled device via the internet banking platform.

• How to block my  Fidelity Bank ATM card

To block your Fidelity Bank ATM card, simply dial *770*911# on the number you used in opening the account and follow the on-screen prompts.
You can also contact their customer care by sending a mail to trueserve@fidelitybank.ng and the card will be deactivated in minutes.

• How to block Sterling bank ATM card

You can block your Sterling bank ATM card by sending an email to customercare@sterlingbankng.com requesting for the deactivation of your card and stating the reason for the deactivation

• How to block Keystone bank ATM card

You can block your Keystone ATM card via your mobile ap or by sending an email to contactcentre@keystonebankng.com.

• How to block Union bank ATM card

To block your Union Bank ATM card, send "BLOCKCARD NUBAN" to 20123 via SMS using the phone number you used in opening the account.

• How to block Stanbic IBTC Bank ATM card

To block your Stanbic IBTC Bank ATM card, send "BLOCKCARD NUBAN" to 30909 via SMS using the phone number you used in opening the account.

Please Note
• NUBAN is an acronym that stands for Nigeria Uniform Bank Account Number, in short it means your account number
• You should use phone numbers or emails registered with your account in sending the SMS and emails as it'll be a way of verifying that you're the owner of the account.

Thanks for reading along, don't forget to drop a comment and share with your friends. You can check out our next post on 29+ Easiest Ways To Make Money Online 2019, all written from from a beginners' perspective.
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