Stay Safe at the ATM Machine

August 13 2012

Did you know that not everyone at the ATM machine is necessarily a customer?  Here are some things to consider when using an ATM machine:

• Try to plan your visits to the automatic teller during the day rather than after dark.
• Choose an ATM location that is in a busy public place.
• Avoid making withdrawals in isolated areas.
• If at all possible, take along a friend who can watch the surroundings while you are conducting your transactions.
• Pre-plan your transaction carefully and don’t spend too much time at the machine.
• When you make a withdrawal, quickly place the money in your purse or wallet and leave as soon as you finish your transaction.
• Watch out for suspicious-looking people waiting around an ATM–they may not really be customers. If someone offers to let you go ahead of them, decline politely and leave.
• When visiting a drive-through ATM, keep your doors locked and be prepared to drive away quickly. If anyone approaches your car on foot, roll up your window and drive off.
• If you have not finished your transaction and you are approached by a suspicious character, press the CANCEL button, receive your card and leave quickly.

Staying safe at the ATM machine can simply be a matter of planning ahead.

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