At the ATM

  • Avoid making withdrawals in isolated areas.
  • Choose an automated teller machine (ATM) location that is in a busy public place.
  • If at all possible, take along a friend who can watch the surroundings while you are conducting your transactions.
  • 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.
  • Pre-plan your transaction carefully and don't spend too much time at the machine.
  • 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.
  • When you make a withdrawal, quickly place the money in your purse or wallet and leave as soon as you finish your transaction.
  • Try to plan your visits to the automatic teller during the day rather than after dark.