ATM Card Blocked After Certain Numbers Of Wrong PIN Attempts?

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In India almost every Bank like HDFC, City Bank, SBI, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank, ICICI Bank and a huge list out there have same norms as per RBI and the International agreement signed between these banks and ATM Card agencies which includes Visa Card, MasterCard, American Express and Rupay etc. As per norms and security practices you can only try up to 3 times of attempts of entering wrong PIN (Personal Identification Number) password in technical terms most commonly known as invalid password.

[Update] In October 2016, State Bank of India and other banks has blocked more than 6 lakh ATM cards after identifying a Malware in the ATM Machine.

After trying maximum numbers of permitted attempts, i.e. three times, your ATM card gets temporarily blocked. This temporarily block can last for up to 24 hours. For instance, if your card was blocked at 11:00 am than the card will be unblocked automatically on the next day at the same time of automatic blocking i.e. 11:00 am.

Though, some banks like Axis Bank offer on-call ATM Card unblock service while this service can also be availed through net banking also known as I-banking, internet banking and e-banking. In order to do so, you need to login into your Internet Banking account of your bank and look for the forget PIN/Unlock ATM links. If you don’t have net banking or there is no such link in the net banking account, you can contact customer care of your bank.

After 24 hours you can re-attempt with the correct password if you’d remembered or can visit the home branch of your bank for getting the new PIN number. Some Banks have different rules, some bank re-generate the PIN and send it by post at the registered postal address while some require an existing card to be blocked so that the new card with a PIN can be issued.

Some Banks may ask you to submit hand-written letter in order to get a new ATM card or the PIN. Well, here is the format for the letter for getting a new ATM Card or requesting for re-issue of PIN.

Application for Requesting Bank for Issuing new ATM Card

To,
The Bank Manager,
YOUR BANK NAME HERE,
BRANCH ADDRESS, PIN-CODE

Date: dd/mm/YYYY

Respected Sir/Mam,

Subject: Application for Issuing New ATM Card Against lost/Blocked ATM CARD

Through this I would like to inform you that I have lost my ATM Card (or forgotten my ATM Card) and would like to request you for blocking the previously issued ATM Card and issuing a new ATM Card for my a/c number YOUR_ACCOUNT_NUMBER named to YOUR_NAME. Other details are as follows:
Name               :
A/c no.             :
Mobile No.      :
Address            :
Thanking you,

Yours faithfully
Your Name & Signature

Application for Requesting Bank for re-Issuing new PIN Code/ number

To,
The Bank Manager,
YOUR BANK NAME HERE,
BRANCH ADDRESS, PIN-CODE

Date: dd/mm/YYYY

Respected Sir/Mam,

Subject: Application for re-issuing New PIN Number for ATM CARD

Through this I would like to inform you that I have lost my ATM Card (or forgotten my ATM Card’s PIN) and would like to request you for re-issuing me new PIN number for my a/c number YOUR_ACCOUNT_NUMBER named to YOUR_NAME. Other details are as follows:
Name               :
A/c no.             :
Mobile No.      :
Address            :
Card No.          :

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully
Your Name & Signature

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