Zelle® is a convenient way to send money
right from your FireFirstCU mobile banking app or in online banking.
Whether it's saving you a trip to the ATM or taking out the guesswork of divvying up the cost of the lunch tab, Zelle® is a fast, safe and easy way to send and request money with friends, family and others you trust1. Money is sent directly to the recipient's account and is typically available in minutes2, and all you need to send money is the recipient's email address or U.S. mobile phone number.
Mobilize your money with Zelle®
Send money fast in just a few steps.
Settle up with roommates, friends and more, regardless of where they bank.
Easily divide the cost of the dinner check, coffee and more.
How to start using Zelle®
- Enroll or log into your Firefighters First Credit Union online banking account and select Move Money.
- Select "Send Money with Zelle® "
- Accept Terms and Conditions
- Select your U.S. mobile number or email address and deposit account
That's it! You're ready to start sending and receiving money with Zelle®
Frequently Asked Questions
Zelle® is a fast, safe and easy way to send money directly between almost any bank accounts in the U.S., typically within minutes. With just an email address or U.S. mobile phone number, you can send money to people you trust, regardless of where they bank.
You can send money to friends, family and others you trust.
Since money is sent directly from your bank account to another person's bank account within minutes, it's important to only send money to people you trust, and always ensure you've used the correct email address or U.S. mobile number.
You can send, request, or receive money with Zelle®.
- To get started, log into the Firefighters First Credit Union’s online banking or mobile app, navigate to Move Money and select "Send Money with Zelle®". Accept terms and conditions, enter your email address or U.S. mobile phone number, receive a one-time verification code, enter it, and you're ready to start sending and receiving with Zelle®.
- To send money using Zelle®, simply add a trusted recipient's email address or U.S. mobile phone number, enter the amount you'd like to send and an optional note, review, then hit "Send." In most cases, the money is available to your recipient in minutes.
- To request money using Zelle®, choose "Request," select the individual(s) from whom you'd like to request money, enter the amount you'd like to request, include an optional note, review and hit "Request"3.
- To receive money, just share your enrolled email address or U.S. mobile phone number with a friend and ask them to send you money with Zelle®.
If you have already enrolled with Zelle®, you do not need to take any further action. The money will be sent directly into your bank account and will be available typically within minutes.
If you have not yet enrolled with Zelle®, follow these steps:
- Click on the link provided in the payment notification you received via email or text message.
- Select Firefighters First Credit Union.
- Follow the instructions provided on the page to enroll and receive your payment. Pay attention to the email address or U.S. mobile number where you received the payment notification - you should enroll with Zelle® using that email address or U.S. mobile number where you received the notification to ensure you receive your money.
Zelle® is a great way to send money to family, friends, and people you are familiar with such as your personal trainer, babysitter or neighbor.
Since money is sent directly from your bank account to another person's bank account within minutes, Zelle® should only be used to send money to friends, family and others you trust.
Neither Firefighters First Credit Union nor Zelle® offers a protection program for any authorized payments made with Zelle® – for example, if you do not receive the item you paid for or the item is not as described or as you expected.
It's easy – Zelle® is already available within online Move Money and your mobile banking app! Check our app or sign-in online and follow a few simple steps to enroll with Zelle® today.
You can find a full list of participating banks and credit unions live with Zelle® here.
If your recipient's financial institution isn't on the list, don't worry! The list of participating financial institutions is always growing, and your recipient can still use Zelle® by downloading the Zelle® app for Android and iOS.
To enroll with the Zelle® app, your recipient will enter their basic contact information, an email address and U.S. mobile number, and a Visa® or Mastercard® debit card with a U.S. based account (does not include U.S. territories). Zelle® does not accept debit cards associated with international deposit accounts or any credit cards.
When you enroll with Zelle® through your online banking Move Money account, or mobile banking app, your name, the name of your bank, and the email address or U.S. mobile number you enrolled is shared with Zelle® (no sensitive account details are shared – those stay with Firefighters First Credit Union).
When someone sends money to your enrolled email address or U.S. mobile number, Zelle® looks up the email address or mobile number in its "directory" and notifies Firefighters First Credit Union of the incoming payment. Firefighters First Credit Union then directs the payment into your bank account, all while keeping your sensitive account details private.
In order to use Zelle®, the sender and recipient's bank accounts must be based in the U.S.
You can only cancel a payment if the person you sent money to hasn't yet enrolled with Zelle®. To check whether the payment is still pending because the recipient hasn't yet enrolled, you can go to your activity page, choose the payment you want to cancel, and then select "Cancel This Payment."
If the person you sent money to has already enrolled with Zelle®, the money is sent directly to their bank account and cannot be canceled. This is why it's important to only send money to people you trust, and always ensure you've used the correct email address or U.S. mobile number when sending money.
If you sent money to the wrong person, we recommend contacting the recipient and requesting the money back. If you aren't able to get your money back, please call member services at 800-231-1626 so we can help you.
Scheduled or recurring payments sent directly to your recipient’s account number (instead of an email address or mobile number) are made available by Firefighters First Credit Union but are a separate service from Zelle® and can take 1 – 3 business days to process.
You can cancel a payment that is scheduled in advance if the money has not already been deducted from your account.
Money sent with Zelle® is typically available to an enrolled recipient within minutes.
If you send money to someone who isn't enrolled with Zelle®, they will receive a notification prompting them to enroll. After enrollment, the money will be available in your recipient's account, typically within minutes.
If your payment is pending, we recommend confirming that the person you sent money to has enrolled with Zelle® and that you entered the correct email address or U.S. mobile phone number.
If you're waiting to receive money, you should check to see if you've received a payment notification via email or text message. If you haven't received a payment notification, we recommend following up with the sender to confirm they entered the correct email address or U.S. mobile phone number.
Still having trouble? Please contact member services at 800-231-1626.
Yes! They will receive a notification via email or text message.
Keeping your money and information safe is a top priority for Firefighters First Credit Union. When you use Zelle® within our mobile app or online banking, your information is protected with the same technology we use to keep your bank account safe.
If you don't know the person, or aren't sure you will get what you paid for (for example, items bought from an online bidding or sales site), you should not use Zelle® for these types of transactions.
These transactions are potentially high risk (just like sending cash to a person you don't know is high risk). Neither Firefighters First Credit Union nor Zelle® offers a protection program for any authorized payments made with Zelle ®– for example, if you do not receive the item you paid for or the item is not as described or as you expected.
Your email address or U.S. mobile phone number may already be enrolled with Zelle® at another bank or credit union. Call a Member Advisor at 800-231-1626 and ask them to move your email address or U.S. mobile phone number to Firefighters First Credit Union so you can use it for Zelle®.
Once a Member Advisor moves your email address or U.S. mobile phone number, it will be connected to your Firefighters First Credit Union account so you can start sending and receiving money with Zelle® through the Firefighters First Credit Union mobile banking app and online banking. Please call a Member Advisor at 800-231-1626 for help.
No, the tax law does not apply to Zelle® and Zelle® does not report transactions made on the Zelle Network® to the IRS.
The American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress, required certain payment networks to provide form 1099K to report the sale of goods and services. This occurred if the processed amount exceeded $20,000 and numbered at least 200 transactions. Effective tax year 2022, that reporting threshold was reduced to $600 and the minimum number of transactions removed completely. Again, this tax law does not apply to the Zelle Network®, and Zelle® does not issue 1099k forms for payments made on the Zelle Network®.
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1 Must have a bank account in the U.S. to use Zelle®.
2 Transactions typically occur in minutes when the recipient's email address or U.S. mobile number is already enrolled with Zelle®.
3 In order to send payment requests or split payment requests to a U.S. mobile number, the mobile number must already enrolled with Zelle®.