Prevention Tips - ATM Safety
- Try to avoid using an ATM by yourself. Either take someone
with you or only use an ATM when others are around.
- If possible, avoid using an ATM after dark. If you must,
choose one that is well lit and does not have tall bushes
- When you arrive at an ATM, look around. If you see anything
that makes you uncomfortable or anyone who looks suspicious,
do not stop. Either use an ATM at a different location
or come back later. Notify police.
- Have your access card and any other documents you need
ready when you approach an ATM. While you are fumbling
with a wallet or purse, you are easy prey for a thief.
- If someone else is using the ATM, stay alert to your
surroundings. Look up and around every few seconds while
transacting your business.
- Protect your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Do
not enter your PIN if anyone else can see the screen or
keypad. Use your body to shield your PIN from onlookers.
Don't give your PIN out to others. This is the leading cause
- When your transaction is finished, be sure you have your
card and your receipt, then leave immediately. Avoid counting
or otherwise displaying large amounts of cash.
- As you leave, be aware of anything suspicious. If you
think you are being followed, go to an area with a lot
of people and call the police.