ATM SAFETY

DOs

  • Be alert to your surroundings when you use the ATM.
  • Cover the keypad with your hand while you enter your PIN.
  • Take your receipt, cash and ATM card with you when you have finished your transaction!
  • Keep receipts of your ATM transactions and check them regularly against your account records for any discrepancies.
  • Report any lost or stolen cards to the bank at once. Promptly reporting a lost or stolen card will greatly reduce the chances that it will be used by an unauthorized person.
  • Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction. Be aware of anyone sitting in a parked car nearby. When leaving an ATM make sure you are not being followed. If you are, drive immediately to a police or fire station, or to a crowded, well-lighted location or business.

DON'Ts

  • Use an ATM if the card reader or PIN pad look suspicious or unusual, have unusual marks or attachments. Report it to the related bank.
  • Leave your transaction receipt at or near the ATM – even if you don’t need it any more.
  • Use an ATM that appears unusual looking or offers options with which you are not familiar or comfortable.
  • Allow people to look over your shoulder or help you as you enter your PIN.
  • Re-enter your PIN if the ATM eats your card -- contact a bank official.
  • Wear expensive jewelry or take other valuables to the ATM. This is an added incentive to the assailant.
  • Count your cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are in your car or another secure place.