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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is ez Check Deposit online service?
A:
Web Deposit is a revolutionary service that allows you to deposit checks directly into your account from the comfort of your home or office! Using your Internet-connected computer and almost any scanner, both business and personal checks can be deposited with just a few simple steps.

Q: What steps are involved in using ez Check Deposit?
A:

  ·         Login to your Home Banking site

·         Select whether to use the built-in scanner software or your own scanner software.

·         Select the Account you wish to make the deposit to.

·         Enter the dollar amount of the check.

·         Scan the front of the check and validate items.

·         Scan the back of the check and validate items.

·         Confirm the deposit.

·         Print the deposit receipt.

·         Attach a note to your check and keep both for 90 days.

·         Repeat this process for additional deposit items

Q: Do I need an internet connection to use ez Check Deposit?
     A: Yes.

Q: Do I need a scanner to use with ez Check Deposit?
A: Yes, a scanner is required.

Q: What types of scanners can I use with ez Check Deposit?
A: Most of the scanners available to consumers on the market are supported by ez Check Deposit. As long as your scanner is TWAIN compliant, you will be able to use your scanner with ez Check Deposit. Be sure to install and test your scanner before using ez Check Deposit. Please Note: Scanner manufacturers often release a new version of the scanner driver software to support new Operating Systems and new Web Browser versions.  You may need to download the latest version of your scanner driver software before you can make a deposit.

Q: Is ez Check Deposit secure?
A: By signing in to Home Banking with your unique username and password, you are entering a secure and encrypted site. Since ez Check Deposit is located from within Home Banking, it is secure as well.

Q: I tried to access ez Check Deposit from Home Banking but the application window did not launch. What do I need to do?
A: In order to access ez Check Deposit, your pop-up blockers need to be disabled.

Q: Why am I not eligible to use the service?
A: ez Check Deposit may not be available for your account due to one or more of the following reasons listed below:

·Deposit restrictions on your account

·Current or previous collections history

·Fraudulent activity on your account

 

For further assistance and details, please contact a Member Services Representative.

Q: What are the system requirements to use ez Check Deposit?
A:

·      Broadband Internet Connection

·      TWAIN compliant document scanner

·      Windows 2000®, Windows XP® with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista™ or MAC OS X

·      Internet Explorer® 6 (with security set to medium), Internet Explorer® 7 and up (with security set to medium high), Firefox 2.0 and up, Safari 3.1 and up 

·      Web Browser security set to allow cookies from 3rd parties

·      To download the Active X component, you must have Administrative privileges on your computer
 

Q: Will I have to download anything to use ez Check Deposit?
A: If you would like to use the built-in scanning software within ez Check Deposit, you will need to download an Active X component – an application that will enable ez Check Deposit to communicate with your scanner.

Q: Are there any requirements to use the built-in scanning software for ez Check Deposit?
A: Yes, you must be using an Internet Explorer web browser and have Administrative privileges on your computer.

Q: How do I know where to download Active X from?
A:
The first time you use ez Check Deposit, you will notice a yellow Information Bar at the top of your Internet Explorer browser window. You will be prompted to install an Active X control called EZTwainX by Dosadi. Your web browser pop up blocker must be disabled.

Q: Why was I not prompted to download Active X?
A: You must be using an Internet Explorer web browser and have Administrative privileges on your computer.  Your web browser pop up blocker must be disabled.

Q: How can I disable the pop-up blockers?
A: You may see a yellow Information Bar at the top of your browser alerting you that the pop-up blockers are enabled and providing a link to disable pop-up blockers. If this option is not available to you and you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, follow the instructions below:

1.   Go to Tools->Options

2.   Select the Privacy Tab

3.   Uncheck “Turn on Pop-up Blocker”

     If you are using Firefox as your browser, follow the instructions below:

1.   Go to Tools->Options

2.   Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”
 

Q: I accepted the prompt to download Active X, why is nothing happening?
A: If you are within a secure network, the network’s firewall may be preventing the download.  You must be using an Internet Explorer web browser and have Administrative privileges on your computer.  Your web browser pop up blocker must be disabled. 

Q: Is it safe to download Active X?
A: Any Internet control that accesses devices on the user's machine poses a potential security threat. ez Check Deposit uses signed controls that verify the authenticity of the Active X and provide instructions on what you can expect.

Q: What if I don’t want to download Active X?
A: No problem. You can use your own scanner software to scan and save your checks and then simply upload them into ez Check Deposit. Select “Use Your Own Scanner Software” from the drop-down list.

Q: Are there any requirements if I want to use my own scanner software?
A: Yes, you must ensure that the image you are going to upload:

·       Be in grayscale

·      Be saved as jpg

·      Have a resolution of 200 dpi to 300 dpi

·      The width and height of the image should be cropped close to the size of a standard personal check or a standard business check as appropriate, i.e,. between approximately 5.7 by 2.2 inches and 8.7 by 3.8 inches. Excessive extra white space included by your scanner software will cause the width and height of the image to be too large and will not be accepted by the system.

Q: How do I figure out my file’s resolution and dimension?

A: Depending on your operating system, the exact key strokes may be different. But here are some examples:

PC INSTRUCTIONS(Windows XP):

·      Go to Windows Explorer

·      Locate saved image.

·      Right click on the image and click on properties.

·      Click on the Summary tab in the pop-up window.

·      Look at the resolution in DPI. If this value is less than 200 dpi, you will need to rescan and resave your file.

·      Look at the width and height. Calculate the width and height by dividing the pixels measurement by the dpi. The result is the width and height in inches. This number should be closed to the size of a personal check (5.7 by 2.2) or a business check (8.5 by 3.8). If not, crop your image and save your file again before uploading to the system.

PC INSTRUCTIONS(Windows 7):

·      Go to Windows Explorer

·      Locate saved image.

·      Right click on the image and click on properties.

·      Click on the Details tab in the pop-up window.

·      Look at the resolution in DPI. If this value is less than 200 dpi, you will need to rescan and resave your file.

·      Look at the width and height. Calculate the width and height by dividing the pixels measurement by the dpi. The result is the width and height in inches. This number should be closed to the size of a personal check (5.7 by 2.2) or a business check (8.5 by 3.8). If not, crop your image and save your file again before uploading to the system.

 

MAC INSTRUCTIONS:         

·      Locate saved image

·      Hold down control key and click with mouse at same time.

·      Select “Open with”

·      Select “Preview”

·      Go to “Tools” in top bar menu

·      Select “Adjust size”. You will now see the resolution in pixels per inch which is the same as DPI. If this value is less than 200 dpi, you will need to rescan and resave your file.

·      Look at the width and height. Calculate the width and height by dividing the pixels measurement by the dpi. The result is the width and height in inches. This number should be closed to the size of a personal check (5.7 by 2.2) or a business check (8.5 by 3.8). If not, crop your image and save your file again before uploading to the system.

Q: Why is there more than one scanner driver listed in the drop down menu in ez Check Deposit?
A: The application locates all scanner drivers available on your PC and displays them in the drop down menu. Select the scanner that you wish to use. Ensure that the scanner driver is installed on your PC, connected to your PC and turned on.

Q: How do I deposit checks using the built-in scanner software or my own scanner software?
A:
Please review the HELP information available within the application. Click HELP in the upper right hand corner. Details instructions are provided on selecting a scanner, uploading, flipping and cropping images.

Q: Do I need to update my scanner driver software to deposit checks using the built-in scanner software or my own scanner software?
A:
Scanner manufacturer’s often release a new version of the scanner driver software to support new Operating Systems and new Web Browser versions.  You may need to download the latest version of your scanner driver software before you can make a deposit.

Q: What do I do if I receive a Microsoft IE Scanner Error when I attempt to scan the front of the check?
A:
If you get a system error such as “Scanner error: [object error] uploadURL: https//…. UploadFileName : checkfront.jpg”:

1.       Check your manufacture's web site to verify that your scanner driver is up to date and is certified for your current OS version.

2.       Your firewall may be preventing the upload of the image. Most business firewall and VPN will block file upload. Home firewall tends to not block uploading of images. Contact your FI for further assistance.

 

 

Q: I am using MAC with Safari and the “Continue” button does not appear, what should I do?
A:
Safari’s Display Images option was not selected.  Go to Safari/Preferences/Appearance Display Image and turn the option on.

Q: May I deposit multiple checks simultaneously?
A:
No, you must deposit each check separately.

Q: Why does the front of the check scan with extra space and needs to be cropped?
A: The imaging process depends on the scanner. Some scanners scan the check with extra space and some with no space around the check. We recommend that you place four black dots (the size of the pencil eraser) in the four corners of the check before scanning the check. This will help the scanner determine the outline of the check so that you will not have to crop extra space.

Q: What do I do if the check image uploaded is completely blank?
A:
If you are using the ez Check Deposit built-in scanner software, your scanner may be slightly different from the example scanner. Most scanners have an arrow showing the correct corner to place the check. Please validate that the check is located according to your scanners arrow. To rescan, click BACK and then click SCAN FRONT OF CHECK.

Q: What do I do if the check image uploaded is very small?
A:
Repeatedly click UNDO until the original scanned image gradually appears. Manually crop the image by clicking CROP. Click on the top left of the check then click on the bottom right of the check, then click CROP.

Q: What do I do if the check image uploaded is over-cropped?
A:
The system auto-cropped the check to minimize wasted space but auto-cropping is not perfect in some cases. Click UNDO one or more times until the original scanned image gradually appears. Manually crop your check by clicking on the top left of the check then clicking on the bottom right of the check, and then click the CROP button. If the original image was actually over-cropped, you will have to rescan the check and start the process over.

Q: What do I do if the application does not allow the deposit because the image must be 200dpi but my scanner settings are set to a minimum of 200dpi or more?
A:
The image may be saved at a smaller dpi than your scanner settings.  First, you should validate the resolution/dpi of the image using the instructions below.  Some software packages automatically compress the file without informing the user.  If your file was compressed, you need to go back to your scanner software and find a way to tell it to save at 200 dpi.

PC INSTRUCTIONS:

1.       Go to Windows Explorer (Press windows button + E button as same time)

2.       Locate saved image

3.       Right click on the image and click on properties

4.       Click on summary tab in the pop-up window

5.       Click on advanced button to see the DPI. Must be between 200-300 DPI to upload into ez Check Deposit.

 

MAC INSTRUCTIONS:

1.       Locate saved image

2.       Hold down control key and click with mouse at same time

3.       Select “Open with”

4.       Select “Preview”

5.       Go to “Tools” in top bar menu

6.       Select “Adjust size”. You will now see the resolution in pixels per inch which is the same as DPI. Must be between 200-300 DPI to upload into ez Check Deposit.

 

Q: What do I do if the application does not allow the deposit because the image must be smaller than 1MB?
A:
You should validate the file size of the image. Right click the image and select Properties. Go to the General tab to see the file size. If the image exceeds 1MB, you will need to use your scanner software or other application to resave the file with a smaller file size.

Q: How do I know that my check was submitted for deposit?
A:
You can print a receipt that includes a deposit receipt confirmation number and a copy of the check deposited.

Q: When will I be able to see the deposit in my account?
A: After you submit your deposit, you will be able to see the deposit in your account history in real-time. However, funds availability rules will apply based on the type of check, check amount, and your account history.

Q: Why did my check reject?
A: There are a number of factors that could cause your check to be rejected during the ez Check Deposit process. Some of them include:

·         MICR line may have been over-cropped

·         Check amount could not be read

·         Blank or suspect check

·         Check number could not be read

·         Check date could not be read

·         Front signature was not detected or is missing

·         Account number, routing number or other check data could not be read

·         Invalid routing number information

Q: What do I do if my check rejected during the deposit process?
A: Ensure that the check images are correctly cropped, that the MICR line is fully visible and there is space between the MICR and the edge of the image, the front check image is right side up, and the back endorsement is above the arrow on the right. If you continue to experience problems, come in to any of our branches and present that check for deposit. If you choose to deposit your check at another financial institution, we make it convenient for you to do it as well.

Q: Can I deposit all types of checks?
A: There are some types of check that are prohibited from being deposited:

1.   Checks that are payable to any person or entity other than you or include a third-party endorsement;

2.   Checks that are drawn, or otherwise issued, by you or any affiliate of yours on any account of yours or of such affiliate;

3.   Checks that you know or suspect, or should know or suspect, are fraudulent or otherwise not authorized by the owner of the account on which the check is drawn, including checks received via Internet solicitations;

4.   Checks that have not been previously endorsed by a financial institution (a bank, savings and loan, or a credit union) and are either “substitute checks” or Image Replacement Documents (“IRD”) that purport to be substitute checks, without credit union’s prior written consent;

5.   Checks that are drawn on financial institutions that are located outside of the United States or Territories of the United States;

6.   Checks that are Remotely Created Checks, as that term is defined in Reg CC; or

7.   Checks which are not acceptable to credit union for remote deposit into a deposit account, including:

·   Savings Bonds

·   Mutilated Checks
 

Q: Can loan payments be made with ez Check Deposit?
A: No, a loan payment cannot be made with ez Check Deposit.

Q: What happens with my check after I have scanned it?
A: The check is electronically transmitted to your Financial Institution.

Q: Does the service have deposit limits?
A: Daily Deposit Limit - $10,000.00

Q: How many checks can be scanned in a single deposit?
A: Members can deposit up to 99 checks in a single deposit.

Q: What types of holds will the system place on the check?
A: Holds are applied in accordance with the Credit Union’s Deposit Availability Policy.

Q: Can additional holds be applied to my check?
A: Yes, in some circumstances additional holds may be applied to the check you deposited. Please see the Credit Union’s Deposit Availability Policy for further guidance.

Q: What do I do with the scanned check after depositing it?
A: Please attach a note to the check and file away with a copy of the printed receipt. We recommend that you retain the check for 90 days for your records and destroy it after that time.

 

 

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