Lost Card or Mobile
If you lost your card or mobile device, we can help!
Please call 636-239-7831 during business hours, or 800-472-3272 after hours.
If your device is lost or stolen, we suggest contacting your wireless service provider to have your device deactivated.
We also recommend you log in to Online Banking and deactivate your device within your Mobile Banking Options:
- LOG IN to Online Banking.
- Click on PROFILE at the top.
- Click MANAGE DEVICE(S).
- Select "Stop using this phone for Mobile Banking" from the drop down menu.
- Click "Go."
Please know, in order to access any account information in our Mobile Banking, you are required to enter your password every time you open Mobile Banking. If your device is lost or stolen, no one can access your Bank of Washington Mobile Banking App or Browser without your unique Bank of Washington Online password.
If you are a victim of identity theft, the law is on your side. In fact, many different laws have been enacted or amended specifically to combat identity theft. If you find that you are the victim of identity theft, there are four steps you should take immediately. Make sure to document all conversations so you know whom you spoke to and when:
Step #1: Contact the Federal Trade Commission
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, you should immediately file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Click here for a link to the FTC website. The FTC is the “clearinghouse” for all identity theft claims. Although the FTC cannot actually bring charges against a thief, it can help to put you in contact with those who can prosecute such a crime. Also, when you share your identity theft complaint with the FTC, you will provide important information that can help law enforcement officials across the nation track down identity thieves and stop them.
Additionally, you can provide a printed copy of your online ID Theft Complaint form to the police to incorporate into their police report. The printed FTC ID Theft Complaint, in conjunction with the police report, can constitute an Identity Theft Report and entitle you to certain protections. According to the FTC, the Identity Theft Report can be used to:
- permanently block fraudulent information from appearing on your credit report;
- ensure that debts do not reappear on your credit report;
- prevent a company from continuing to collect debts that result from identity theft; and
- place an extended fraud alert on your credit report.
Step #2: Contact Law Enforcement
You should immediately file a police report about your identity theft; this can be done in person, over the telephone, or even online. When you file your police report, be sure to bring your FTC ID Theft Complaint form, and any other supporting documentation. Explain to the officer that you need a copy of the Identity Theft Report (the police report with your ID Theft Complaint attached) to dispute any fraudulent accounts, purchases or debits created by the identity thief. It is important to note that in some jurisdictions the officer will not be able to give you a copy of the official police report; however, you should be able to sign your FTC ID Theft Complaint and write the police report number in the “Law Enforcement Report” section of the document.
Step #3: Contact Your Financial Institution or Other Creditors
Next, you should close the accounts you believe have been affected. You may want to use the ID Theft Report to help you dispute unauthorized accounts or transactions. Most financial institutions or other creditors will ask you to fill out their own forms as well in the case of identity theft, and they will begin their own investigation to assist you in this area.
Step #4: Contact the Credit Bureaus
In the past, you would have had to contact the credit bureaus on your own to place a fraud alert on your accounts in question; however, the law now states that your financial institution or other creditor may assist you with this effort. You may still wish to do this on your own to make sure it is done as you have requested. It is important that a fraud alert is placed on your accounts because it will request creditors to contact you before any new accounts are opened or changes are made to your existing accounts. As soon as one of the credit bureaus confirms your fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will be contacted and you will be sent three copies of your credit report at no cost.
Remember, the law is on your side in the case of identity theft. Taking action as quickly as possible is the key to recovering from the theft with as little damage as possible.
Below are some basic safety tips to help keep your information safe:
- Enable an automatic screen-lock with a password to lock your device when it’s not in use.
- Create a unique password that is only used for Online and Mobile Banking. We recommend changing this password frequently.
- Consider setting up a remote wipe program, which would allow you to send a command to your device that will delete any data.
- Only download apps from trusted and approved app stores endorsed by your particular technology provider (iPhone, Droid, etc.) and service carrier. Certain smart phones can even be configured to block apps installed outside of trusted and approved app stores.
- Keep a record of the device’s make, model and serial number.
- Be cautious before using a non-secure wireless network. We recommend using Online Banking and Mobile Banking in a more safe and controlled environment.