What is Zelle?
Zelle is a fast, safe and easy way to send money directly between almost any bank accounts in the U.S., typically within minutes1. With just an email address or U.S. mobile phone number, you can send money to people you trust, regardless of where they bank2.
Who can I send money to with Zelle?
You can send money to friends, family and others you trust2.
Since money is sent directly from your bank account to another person’s bank account within minutes1, 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.
How do I use Zelle?
You can send, request, or receive money with Zelle. To get started, log into your online banking or mobile app and select “Send Money with Zelle®“. Enter your email address or U.S. mobile phone number, receive a one-time verification code, enter it, accept terms and conditions, and you’re ready to start sending and receiving with Zelle.
To send money using Zelle, simply select someone from your mobile device’s contacts (or add a trusted recipient’s email address or U.S. mobile phone number), add 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 minutes1.
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.
Someone sent me money with Zelle, how do I receive it?
If you have already enrolled with Zelle, you do not need to take any further action. The money will move directly into your bank account, typically within minutes1.
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 your financial institution.
- 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 to ensure you receive your money.
What types of payments can I make with Zelle?
Zelle is a great way to send money to family, friends, and people you are familiar with such as your personal trainer, babysitter or neighbor2.
Since money is sent directly from your bank account to another person’s bank account within minutes1, Zelle should only be used to send money to friends, family and others you trust.
Neither Severn Bank 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.
How do I get started?
It’s easy – Zelle is already available within your mobile banking app and online banking! Check our app or sign-in online and follow a few simple steps to enroll with Zelle today.
What if I want to send money to someone whose bank doesn’t offer Zelle?
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.
How does Zelle work?
When you enroll with Zelle through your online banking account or mobile app, your name, the name of your financial institution, and the email address or U.S. mobile number you enrolled is shared with Zelle (no sensitive account details are shared). 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 your financial institution of the incoming payment. Your financial institution then directs the payment into your bank account, all while keeping your sensitive account details private.
Can I use Zelle internationally?
In order to use Zelle, the sender and recipient’s bank accounts must be based in the U.S.
Can I cancel a payment?
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 contact your financial institution’s customer service.
How long does it take to receive money with Zelle?
Money sent with Zelle is typically available to an enrolled recipient within minutes1.
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 move directly to your recipient’s account, typically within minutes1.
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 your financial institution’s customer service.
Will the person I send money to be notified?
Yes! They will receive a notification via email or text message.
Is my information secure?
Keeping your money and information safe is a top priority. 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.
I’m unsure about using Zelle to pay someone I don’t know. What should I do?
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 Severn Bank 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.
What if I get an error message when I try to enroll an email address or U.S. mobile number?
Your email address or U.S. mobile phone number may already be enrolled with Zelle at another bank or credit union. Call our customer support team and ask them to move your email address or U.S. mobile phone number to your financial institution so you can use it for Zelle.
Once customer support moves your email address or U.S. mobile phone number, it will be connected to your bank account so you can start sending and receiving money with Zelle through your financial institution’s mobile banking app and online banking. Please call your financial institution’s customer service for help.
I received an email saying I can’t use Zelle app anymore. Why can’t I continue using the Zelle app?
The Zelle app will soon only be available to users whose banks and credit unions do not offer Zelle directly to their customers. Because Severn Bank offers Zelle, you can use it directly through the Severn Bank mobile banking app to send and receive money.
What should I do now so I can continue using Zelle?
Just start using Zelle in the Severn Bank mobile banking app! To get started, log into Severn Bank mobile app, navigate to “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.
What happens if I don’t do anything?
You’ll no longer be able to use the Zelle app. To continue using Zelle, you’ll need to enroll through the Severn Bank app.
What happens to my pending payments?
Any pending payments and requests you’ve sent will be cancelled. But don’t worry, once you’ve enrolled with Zelle through the Severn Bank app, you can start sending and receiving money again.
My friend’s bank offers Zelle, but she can still use the Zelle app. Why?
Banks and credit unions across the county are phasing-in these changes. The Zelle app will soon only be available to users whose banks and credit unions do not offer it directly to their customers through their banking app. If your friend’s bank offers it, but she can still use the Zelle app today, she will likely receive a notice in the future saying that she will need to enroll with Zelle through her financial institution.
Someone requested money from me, and I’m currently enrolled in the Zelle app. The app keeps telling me to go to my bank or credit union. How can I respond to my friend’s request for money?
Follow the prompt in the Zelle app, and enroll with Zelle through the Severn Bank app. Once you’re enrolled with Zelle through Severn Bank, contact your friend and have them resend you a request. Or, if you already know the amount of money your friend is requesting, you can simply send the money with Zelle through the Severn Bank app after you confirm their correct email or U.S. mobile number tied to the bank account they have enrolled with Zelle.
Note: When you are no longer able to use the Zelle app, any pending payment request will be cancelled.
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1 Transactions typically occur in minutes when the recipient’s email address or U.S. mobile number is already enrolled with Zelle.
2 Must have a bank account in the U.S. to use Zelle.
3 In order to send payment requests or split payment requests to a U.S. mobile number, the mobile number must already be enrolled with Zelle.
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