Today, let’s believe that nobody carries cash around. Besides the risk of being robbed, Nigeria is moving towards a cashless society. So, you are just an ATM away from getting money to transact by just inserting your ATM card. This is safer and techy.

Unlike when money is carted away and it might be near impossible to get it back, you can quickly block your ATM card when it is misplaced or stolen. Even if you are going to block your ATM card, it is advisable to quickly transfer your money to other accounts.

Here is how to block the ATM cards for selected banks:

  1. GTB
  2. First Bank
  3. Fidelity Bank
  4. Zenith Bank
  5. Stanbic IBTC
  6. Union Bank
  7. Access Bank
  8. Keystone Bank
  9. Wema Bank
  10. UBA
  11. Sterling Bank
  12. EcoBank
  13. FCMB
  14. Unity Bank
  1. Block your GTB card through USSD

Dial *737*51*10# on your mobile device. Make sure your phone number is associated with your GTBank account.

Block GTB card through Internet Banking/App

  • Login to your GTBank internet/app.
  • Proceed to your accout, find and click card.
  • Select ‘Hotlist’, click on card and then request reason
  • Provide answer to your secert question
  • Click continue.

A Pop-up screen option will appear asking you to confirm the deactivation of your card.

2. Block First Bank Card With USSD Code

Send “BLOCK” to 30012. Your ATM card will be blocked and it can’t be used to withdraw or make a payment again. As usual, the number you are using must be registered with your First Bank account.

3. Block Fidelity Bank ATM Card

To block Fidelity Bank card, simply dial *770*911# on your registered phone number connected to the account and follow the prompts

A list of your entire ATM card connected to the account will be displayed and you will be asked to select the particular one you will like to block.

Also, you may wish to contact Fidelity Bank to block your ATM card via email at

4. Block Zenith Bank ATM Card

To block your Zenith Bank ATM card through your App/internet

  • Log in to the app
  • Click on the menu bar and select Cards and Cheques.
  • Select Deactivate Card under Type and enter a reason.
  • Now click on continue.

How To Use Zenith Bank USSD Protect Code:

  • Simply dial *966*911# from any Mobile device
  • Enter your account number followed by your Mobile number
  • Press 1 to confirm your request and instantly block your account.

For further assistance, contact Zenith help desk via phone call using the following numbers 012787000, 014647000, and 012927000.

5. Block Stanbic IBTC Bank ATM Card

To block your Stanbic IBTC Bank Card through USSD code.

  1. Simply dial the code *909#
  2. Select my bank
  3. Select service request
  4. Click on block card.

Alternatively, you can do this by sending SMS to Stanbic IBTC bank. Send Block card NUBAN to 30909 via your registered mobile number. Replaced the NUBAN with the 10-digits of your account number Link to the card.

6. Block Union Bank ATM Card

To block your Union Bank card, simply text Block Card NUBAN via SMS to 20123 using the phone number registered to your account. You should replace the NUBAN with the 10-digit of your account number.

7. Block Access Bank ATM Card

Access bank does not require you to dial any code or sending SMS messages, Simply do the following.

  1. For lost of your debit card dial 18005548969
  2. For lost of your credit card dial 18005583424

You are done with this; your card will be deactivated instantly

8. Block Keystone Bank ATM Card

Keystone bank does not require sending codes or internet app usage. To block your Keystone Bank Card kindly send them an email through their email id: or call them on +234 700 2000 3000.

9. Block Wema Bank ATM Card

Wema Bank card can be blocked via the Wema Mobile app or Wema Internet banking solution.

The lost card can easily be deactivated through text messages. Just send CARD ATM OFF to 33352 using your registered mobile number with the Wema Bank account.

10. Block UBA

To block your lost or stolen UBA ATM/Debit Card, simply dial *919*10# from your mobile line that is registered with the UBA Bank account.

Alternatively, follow the steps below using USSD and follow the prompt command

  • Dial *919#
  • Select “7” for next
  • Select Banking services
  • Select “1” to block debit card
  • Enter your account number and send, and you are done.

You can block your UBA card through internet banking/App platform

  • Just log on to the UBA internet banking platform
  • Select self-service
  • Request to block your card

Alternatively, you can contact UBA help desk via +2347002255822 or send them an email at

11. Block Sterling Bank ATM Card

For you to block your Sterling Bank Card, simply contact them via email at or call them on 070078375464.

12. Block EcoBank Card

To block EcoBank Card, simply follow the steps below.

  • Send “STOP ATM NUBAN NUMBER” to 08063262265, replace NUBAN with your account number.
  • For example send “STOP ATM 1020415263” to 08063262265.

13. Block FCMB Card

FCMB does not require sending codes but simply call them on +234 (01) 2798800 or Email them on requesting that your ATM Card account should be blocked after the provision of relevant information.

14. Block Unity Bank ATM Card

If you suspect any fraudulent activity or you lost your Unity Bank ATM Card, you can request them to instantly block your card through a phone call on +2347080666000, +2347057323226, +2347057323227 or you can email them at

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