Owning a bank account with an ATM card these days could be somewhat stressful and tough as scammers are increasing in number and also improving in methods of deception.

I have heard about several cases when a scammer calls a bank account owner then deceives the person that he/she is calling from the bank claiming the person has an issue with his/her bank account.

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The scammer will then ask for personal information and ATM number, to rectify the issue but because many people don’t know these people are scammers they give them their personal information and in a few minutes, grrr grrr!! (Phone vibrates) A debit alert.

Rushing to the bank at this point might be late and risky.

Many people have fallen victims of this incident and that’s we have put down a list of codes and method to block your bank account and ATM card incase of any emergency.

USSD Codes to Block your ATM card for all Banks

UBA: dial *919*10#  from the mobile line linked to your account and follow the screen prompt.

Fidelity Bank: dial *770*911# from the mobile line linked to your account to block your ATM card.

IBTC Bank: dial *909# from the number linked to your account.

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Zenith Bank: dial *966*911#, enter your account number followed by your mobile number. Press 1 to block your ATM card instantly.

First Bank: This service is called the First Guard, send BLOCK to 30012 via text message to block your First bank ATM card.

Union Bank: Send BLOCK CARD NUBAN to 20123

Keystone Bank: The only option available for Keystone customers to block their ATM card is by calling 23470020003000

Sterling Bank: call 070078378464, explain to them what happened and tell them you want the ATM card to be blocked.

GT Bank:  *737*51*10#

Stanbic IBTC Bank: *909# select my bank and select service request then select block card

EcoBank: text STOP ATM your account Number to 0806326226

FCMB Bank: call+ 2342798800

Access Bank: call +23412802500

Polaris Bank: call+2341270850

Wema Bank: call 08039003700

Note: knowing how to Block your account is very important because in times of emergency running to the bank might be too late most especially during weekend when banks don’t open.

Please share this post with your friends and family because you don’t know who might be needing it.

Thank you.

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