CardValet® FAQs

General

1. Is CardValet a feature within the FireFirstCU mobile banking application?

No. CardValet is a companion app that provides fraud detection and spending control services at no extra cost to our members. There are no plans to integrate CardValet into the FirsFirstCU mobile application at this time.

2. Does CardValet work on Android phones and iPhones?

Yes. CardValet works with the most recent mobile operating software as well as two past generations of Android and iPhone.

3. Can a user unsubscribe from CardValet?

Not at this time.

4. How long does the app stay logged in if you don't log out?

The app automatically logs the user off in 10 minutes.

5. How will names appear on the card within the app?

Names are displayed as last name then first name (for example, SMITH JOHN.).

6. Does CardValet reflect the card status?

Yes, the Card Details screen displays the Card Status.

Registration

1. What are the CardValet password requirements?

CardValet passwords must be at least eight (8) characters in length and must contain at least: one (1) upper case character, one (1) lower case character, one (1) number, and one (1) special character. If you have any questions on CardValet, please call us at 800-231-1626.

2. If a user has two cards from different financial institutions that support CardValet; can they register both cards with CardValet?

The user must create a unique login account for each financial institution. Each login account is applicable for a single financial institution. In the login page, the logo of the last logged-in financial institution shows.

3. If the user's address is longer than 20 characters – what should be entered?

The user enters the first 20 characters of the street address.

4. Why does CardValet not recognize my address?

When entering your address only input the first line of your street address exactly as it appears on your monthly card statement. This is the first line under your name. Do not input the second or third lines. (See Image)

Card Valet Address

5. Can multiple cards be linked to one registered CardValet account?

Yes; cardholders can register multiple cards within a single CardValet account. Additional cards can be added within the "Settings – Add Card" screen.

6. How many cards can you register within a single CardValet application?

There is no limit.

7. When loading more than one card on a device, what type of information does the user need in order to register each card?

The user needs to enter the same level of detail entered for the original card. This information generally includes the card number, address, ZIP code, expiration date, and CVV/CVC code. Secondary authentication includes: security token sent in an email, last 4 digits or the social security number, or a PIN'd transaction amount performed in the past 72 hours. Multiple individuals registering one card include: parents and dependents; spouses; and employers/employees.

8. You can download the card on multiple devices but are requested to indicate which device is "primary." What is the purposes of assigning a primary device? Can you make changes to the settings from the non-primary devices?

The primary device is used to track the GPS for "My Location" alerts and controls and all merchant and threshold alerts will be sent to the primary device. All devices that have registered a particular card can view or change the CardValet settings for that card. Controls (including the "On/Off" setting) are set at the card level, so the last update to a control will be honored regardless of which phone was used to make the change. Alerts are set at the device level, so each primary device will receive alerts that were set up from that particular device. The primary device can be re-set by accessing "Settings – Primary Device."

9. If a parent registers a card for a child, what stops that child from changing the controls placed on the card?

Each person who registers a card will have access to controls and alerts for the card. In many cases, the child will not know about CardValet unless the parent shares the information.

10. As part of the cardholder registration process, CardValet may prompt the user to enter the amount of a PIN-based transaction preformed in the past 72 hours. What if a cardholder doesn't use PIN'd transactions? What if they just used their card as a signature only?

In the event that a card holder does not have an email or SSN on the cardholder record, the cardholder is requested to perform a PIN-based transaction. The amount entered is compared to the historical transaction data. The PIN-based transaction may be performed at an ATM or to make a purchase.

11. When cardholders receive a reissued or replacement card, will they have to update their cards within the application?

If the card number is new, then the user must "add" the new card number to the user's profile.

12. Why does CardValet not recognize my social security number?

If your card is linked to a joint account, please use the primary card holder's social security number to register your card. If you are registering a card linked to a business account, you will need to use your EIN number in in lieu of a social security number.

Controls and Alerts

1. What exactly is the range of the "My Location?" controls, and will this control setting impact internet transactions?

The My Location controls and alerts will check to ensure the merchant location is within a five (5) mile radius of the device set as "primary" within CardValet. These controls impact "card present" transactions only, therefore internet transactions are not impacted.

2. If My Location is set but the primary device is off, will transactions get denied outside of the My Location area?

CardValet ignores location information that is more than one (1) hour old. So, if the phone is off for more than an hour My Location controls will not take effect, and the transaction will not be denied on the basis of the old location information.

3. What happens if My Location is set but the phone is left at home? Will transactions be denied outside of the My Location area?

CardValet performs a proximity check at the granularity of zip code or city, so if the merchant is close to home then the transactions will still go through.

4. Can a user turn on My Location for a dependent's card? How will it work?

My location is only effective for the enrolled user. To limit the dependent's card, the user can use the Region feature to set usage preferences for where the card can be used. Set location preference to "Region" in the drop down menu, then "Add" a "New Region" to set the map to the area where the card may be used.

5. A region has been set on the map. Does this mean the card can only be used exactly in this region?

The region shows the approximate area where the card can be used. CardValet can typically map the transaction down to a zip code or city. If the city or zip code of the merchant overlaps with the selected region on the map, then the transaction can still go through. There are instances where a merchant location cannot be mapped down to a zip code or city, in which case CardValet would default to a state-level match.

6. Can cardholders block all international transactions?

Yes, International transactions can be blocked using the "International" location control. Transactions will be limited to the United States.

7. Will location controls, merchant controls, threshold controls, and turning the card "Off" impact previously authorized recurring transactions?

Previously authorized recurrent payments will continue to process and will bypass the CardValet edit checks.

8. How long does it take for a control or alert setting to take effect?

Control settings take effect as soon as the "Updating information" message in the app stops.

9. How does a user turn off notifications at certain times such as when the user is sleeping?

The user can set the "Do Not Disturb" time that will suppress notifications during the set times. Some notifications will still be delivered, for example any transaction denial or any transaction that is a card-present authorization.

10. Are the alerts sent as email or "push" notifications to the device?

CardValet alerts are sent as push notifications to the phone. The alerts also display under "Messages" in the CardValet app.

11. If the user has set an alert for international transactions and no controls are set, will the user receive alerts for all international transactions regardless of whether the transactions is blocked or successful?

Yes, an alert is generated regardless of whether or not a control preference is set.

12. If a user sets multiple alerts and transaction violates these alerts will the user receive a separate message for each alert?

No, the alerts are consolidated into one message. For example, if the message has violated "Threshold" and location settings then you will see only one alert and not multiple alerts.

13. When is a low balance alert generated?

CardValet updates the balance under two conditions:
(a) when the user logs into CardValet and
(b) when the user taps "Refresh." Even if the balance has fallen below the threshold that has been set, it is only updated when the user logs into the app or taps "Refresh," which then triggers the alert.

Transactions

1. Does the app show recent transaction history?

Yes, the app shows the last 50 card-based transactions posted within the last 30 days.

2. What types of transactions display in CardValet?

CardValet only shows the transactions that are performed with the card. It does not show the transactions that are done on the account but without using your card, such as teller transactions or bill pay on an account.

3. Will the balance be updated to include teller transactions?

The balance will be updated to reflect the teller transactions if the account processor supplies the updated balance. The balance is updated the next time the user logs into CardValet.

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