Republic Bank & Trust

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Fraud Alerts – For peace of mind no matter where life takes you.

At Republic Bank we take security seriously.  We’ve always monitored your debit and credit cards for fraud, but now we can quickly text you if we see something suspicious.  That’s right, Republic Bank’s Fraud Alerts System will notify you through SMS Text of suspicious debit or credit card activity, so you can react quickly.  And don’t worry – if you miss our text we’ll also try to call you or send you an email.

How It Works

If you receive a Fraud Text Alert from us, you will be prompted to respond.

Y By sending a 'Y' you are confirming that the transaction presented to you is legitimate. Your card will be unblocked within 5-10 minutes of the system receiving your 'Y' response.
N By texting 'N' you are telling us that you did not make the purchase. We will stop the transaction and text you a number to call to validate outstanding charges, prevent any further fraud and start the process of getting you a new card.
HELP Text 'HELP' to contact our Republic Bank Help Line.
STOP You can text 'STOP' at any time to end your text based Fraud Alert services.


Q Is this service 24 hours, or only in certain windows?
A Texts and emails are sent 24/7. Calls are sent from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in your time zone. Voice calls pending from the night before are triggered the following morning at the applicable time noted above. Agents are available 24/7.


Q What triggers these alerts?
A Transactions that we have identified as potential fraud triggers the alerts.


Q Can the alerts be sent to clients traveling internationally?
A Some clients have U.S. numbers, but are traveling overseas and could have a non-U.S. carrier.
We are unable to send text or phone calls internationally, but please make sure your email address is current because we can email you 24/7.


Q How do I enroll in Text Fraud Alerts?
A As a Republic Bank credit or debit cardholder, you have already been enrolled for these enhanced services as part of our fraud protection services.


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


Q Can I establish preferences through my mobile app?
A Fraud Alerts are not configured through our mobile app, but rather through our fraud systems. The standard order of engagement 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 a.m. to 10 p.m. in your time zone. Calls will be sent from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in your time zone.

Q Will I be charged for these SMS texts?
A Fraud Alerts are supported by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Standard Carrier messaging rates do not apply.  Message frequency is based on user activity.  If you utilize a Carrier that is not supported, you will not receive SMS text alerts, but will be called through our automated system.


Q What will an email look like?

Fraud Alert Email Example

Q What will a text look like?

Fraud Alert SMS Example


Please be sure to provide Republic Bank with any updates to your mobile phone number and other contact information. You can contact us at 888-584-3600 for more information, or to update your contact information.

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