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Debit Card Security

Debit Card Fraud Monitoring

Enjoy peace of mind and enhanced security for your accounts through our debit card fraud monitoring service. This service monitors debit card transactions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for suspicious activity. If any debit card transaction is considered out of the norm or suspicious, the automated service will contact you via text, phone call or email to assist in verifying the transaction.

As a First American Bank debit cardholder, you are automatically enrolled to receive these alerts so you can quickly detect and help stop fraudulent use of your debit card.

Here’s How It Works

If potential fraud is detected, we will send you an alert. Simply let us know whether or not the transaction on your debit card was authorized by you.

  • With text alerts, respond YES if the transaction is authorized or NO if it is not. These alerts will come from short code 22573. Here is an example of what the text alerts will look like:Debit Card Fraud Monitoring-Text Alert
  • If you miss our text, you’ll receive an automated phone call from (800) 537-0496 or we’ll send you an email. Follow the instructions to verify the transaction(s) on your debit card.

If you confirm fraud, your debit card will be blocked to protect your account and you'll receive a phone call from our automated system during normal business hours.

As a reminder, First American Bank will NEVER ask for your account number, card number or PIN.

Your Contact Information

Contacting you is vital in preventing debit card fraud. Please be sure to keep us informed when your contact information changes, including your cell phone and email.

Debit Card Fraud Monitoring Notifications & FAQs

  • Text short code: 22573
    • Text alerts are sent 24/7 at the time potential fraud is detected.
  • 24/7 Automated Service Phone Number: 1-800-537-0496
    • Phone calls are only generated between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT.
  • Emails are sent at the time potential fraud is detected.

Questions? Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be notified?
The debit card fraud monitoring service will trigger communications to you as soon as potential fraud is detected. First, a text message will be sent to you. If you miss our text, you'll receive an automated phone call and/or email. 
How do I register for the alerts?
No registration is necessary. As a First American Bank debit cardholder, you are automatically enrolled to receive alerts if suspicious debit card transactions occur. top
What makes a transaction appear as suspicious resulting in a debit card fraud alert?
We continuously monitor current fraud trends and typical card activity. When various factors indicate a transaction may be fraudulent, we’ll notify you to verify that the transaction was authorized or not.
What if the transaction is fraudulent? Can I still use my debit card?
No. Your debit card will be blocked and will not be available for further use. Our automated phone system will call you during normal business hours to verify the transaction(s) and connect you with a fraud specialist. top
How do I update my contact information?
To update your contact information, please log in to Online Banking and click on Profile. Then, click on Change Email Address or Change of Address to review or update your contact information. Alternatively, you may contact Customer Service at (847) 952-3700 or visit your local branch. 
What if I don’t have text messaging service on my phone?
Text message service is only required to receive text alerts. Email and automated phone calls will still be generated to notify you depending on what contact information we have on file for you. top
How much does it cost to use the debit card fraud monitoring service?
Nothing! We do not charge our customers for this service. However, for text alerts, message and data rates may apply.
How will I know the alert I receive is from First American Bank?
  • Text alerts from short code 22573 will read similar to the language below:
    • First American Bank Fraud Dept: Possible unauthorized transaction on card ending in xxx: $xxx.xx processed by MERCHANT NAME on DATE. If authorized reply YES, otherwise reply NO. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. 800-537-0496
  • If you receive an automated phone call, the recorded voice will identify as being on behalf of the First American Bank Fraud Prevention Department.
  • If you receive an email, it will be from  top
What happens if I do not respond to the alerts?
If we do not receive a response from our text, phone call or email alerts, your card may be blocked from further use until you speak with a fraud specialist. During normal business hours, call our automated service at 800-537-0496 to verify the transactions and to be connected to a fraud specialist. 
Can I opt out of debit card fraud alerts?
While you do not have the option to remove yourself from email or phone alerts, you can opt out of text alerts. Reply STOP to short code 22573. top

Mastercard® SecureCode™

Mastercard SecureCode is a simple, more secure way to protect your First American debit card from unauthorized use when you shop online. Every time you pay online at a participating merchant, you will automatically be prompted to enter your own private SecureCode - just like entering a PIN at the ATM. 

Mastercard SecureCode is safe and easy and there is no charge to enroll. The first time you shop online with a participating merchant, you will be prompted to enroll. Thereafter, you only need to enter your secret information and you can start shopping.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mastercard SecureCode.


Mastercard® and Mastercard® SecureCode™ are registered trademarks of Mastercard® International.

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