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Rapid Alerts Questions

Rapid Alerts – Before You Enroll

What’s the difference between Rapid Alerts and the existing Credit Card Alerts?

Rapid Alerts are triggered when a transaction is authorized, not after the charges have posted to your account (which can take 2 or 3 days after the transaction is made). In addition to being available by email, Rapid Alerts are also offered as mobile text alerts, which arrive quickly and reach you even if you’re away from your computer.

What kinds of transactions can I track with Rapid Alerts?

There are six available Rapid Alerts, created to help protect you from fraud and keep you on top of your finances:

  • Purchase Amount: Set a limit and receive an alert whenever a transaction goes above that limit
  • Transaction Declined: Find out when a transaction is declined
  • Online, Phone, or Mail Purchase: Receive a notification whenever your card number is used to make a purchase through one of these three methods
  • Foreign Transaction: Receive a notification whenever your card is used outside the United States
  • Gas Station Purchase: Monitor when your card is used at a gas station
  • ATM Cash Advance: Receive a notification whenever your card is used for a cash advance at an ATM

Will I receive a large number of alerts?

The number of alerts you receive varies, depending on the number of alerts you have signed up for, the threshold that you set, and how often transactions trigger the alert.

To change the parameters that trigger an alert, or to stop receiving an alert, simply sign on to Wells Fargo Online and access Manage Alerts through the More menu.

Is there a charge for the service?

Wells Fargo offers all alerts, including Rapid Alerts, as a free service, however mobile message and data rates may apply.

How do I sign up for Rapid Alerts?

Rapid Alerts as mobile text messages

To receive Rapid Alerts as texts on your mobile phone, follow this easy, three-step process:

  • To see your available Rapid Alerts, sign on to Wells Fargo Online, choose Manage Alerts in the More menu and select your Visa credit card account from the menu under the Account Alerts tab. Rapid Alerts can be set by selecting them one at a time, choosing your preferred delivery method(s), and selecting Subscribe. Some alerts require specific information, so read each alert description carefully before you subscribe. Repeat this process if you have more than one Visa credit card.
  • Read and accept terms and conditions.
  • If this is your first time subscribing to text alerts with Wells Fargo, you will need to verify your number by replying to the text message we send to your mobile device. Simply text “YES ALERTS” to WELLS (93557).

Once your mobile number is confirmed and you receive our Welcome message, you can select the alerts that you would like to receive.

Can I receive mobile text alerts on any mobile phone?

You can enroll up to two mobile numbers to receive text alerts. Your mobile numbers must:

  • Be registered to you: Mobile numbers belonging to friends or family members cannot be enrolled to receive text alerts for your account.
  • Be with a domestic carrier: Wells Fargo is unable to deliver text alerts to mobile carriers outside of the United States.
  • Be capable of receiving text messages: Some pre-paid and regional carriers may not support text alerts.

As long as your mobile phone supports text messaging, you can sign up for text alerts. Please check with your mobile carrier for more details about text messaging and web access charges.

Rapid Alerts – After You Enroll

What if I receive an alert about a transaction I do not recognize?

Check to see if an unfamiliar transaction is one of the following:

  • An automatic bill payment you set up for a recurring service (like cable or telephone)
  • A large purchase that was divided into smaller transactions
  • An aggregated charge (several small purchases combined into one, such as buying $0.99 songs online)
  • A purchase initiated by an authorized cardholder who has the same Visa card number
  • An authorization charge from a restaurant or hotel

If you still cannot identify the transaction, please call the number on the back of your Visa card.

What if the amount of a purchase in an alert is different from the amount on my bill?

Alerts are triggered based on the initial authorization amount that the merchant sends to us, which may or may not include the estimated tip, and is not necessarily the final amount that you actually signed for. Your account will only be charged the final amount.

What do I do if I change my mobile number?

  1. Sign on to Wells Fargo Online and go to Update Contact Information through Profile and Settings in the More menu to add or change your mobile number.
  2. Go to Manage Alerts in the More menu to subscribe to text alerts for your new number. If your new number is not showing yet, please sign off and sign back on again. You will need to re-accept our terms and conditions and verify your new number by replying to the text message we send your mobile device.

Note: Removing or editing an existing number will interrupt any services currently associated with that number (for example: Text Banking).

What does it mean when my mobile number is listed as “disconnected”?

Your number may be listed as disconnected for a number of reasons, including:

  • You entered your number incorrectly
  • Your mobile account is inactive
  • Your carrier plan isn’t set up to receive text messages
  • You recently moved your number to a new carrier
  • You recently asked Wells Fargo to change your mobile number

If you aren’t sure why your number is disconnected, please contact your carrier directly for more details.

Will I continue to receive text alerts if I change mobile carriers, even if my number remains the same?

No. When you move your number to a new carrier, your previous carrier sends Wells Fargo a Disconnect message. A message will appear on the Manage Alerts screen that will tell you which number was disconnected. Just sign on to Wells Fargo Online and access Manage Alerts through the More menu.

If you would like to continue to receive text alerts, you will need to re-enroll your number, but you do not need to re-subscribe to your alerts. You will need to re-accept our terms and conditions and verify your new number by replying to the text message we send to your mobile device.

How do I turn off text alerts?

There are two ways to stop text alerts:

- Text the word “STOP ALERTS” to WELLS (93557).


- Sign on to Wells Fargo Online, go to Manage Alerts in the More menu, and select each Rapid Alert that you want to discontinue. Select Unsubscribe to stop receiving the alert. Or, to discontinue only the text alerts but keep receiving the alert by another method such as email, deselect your mobile number(s) in text message settings and select Update.

How do I temporarily stop text alerts while I am on vacation?

To suspend the delivery of your alerts, visit Manage Alerts through the More menu for your Visa credit card account and unselect your individual alerts. To re-subscribe, simply re-select your alerts.

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