ATM machines can become target areas for criminal opportunities such as robberies, purse thefts, and other personal crimes. Following are tips to reduce your vulnerability and help keep you safe.
- Check your receipts against your monthly statements to guard against ATM fraud.
- Keep your Personal Identification Number (PIN) a secret. Never write your PIN on your card, and don't store it near your card.
- Never give out information about your PIN over the telephone.
- Report a lost or stolen card immediately.
- Treat your card like cash. Always keep your card in a safe place.
- Be aware, alert and prepared to act when visiting an ATM machine.
- Do not count your money while at the ATM; flashing cash can draw unwanted attention.
- If possible, do not use an outside machine; use machines located inside locked, MAC-card accessible booths or rooms.
- If using a drive-up machine, keep your engine running, doors locked, and the windows up while waiting in line. In most cases a drive-up machine is safest. If there is any sign of trouble, drive off.
- If you use an outside machine, use one that is well lit and visible.
- Minimize time spent at the ATM machine by having your card out and ready.
- Observe your surroundings before conducting an ATM transaction; look for suspicious persons or cars in the vicinity.
- Take receipt with you: Don't put them in the trash container near the machine.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel something is wrong, go to another machine. If anything suspicious happens, cancel your transaction and leave the area
- Try not to visit a machine alone. Remember: There is safety in numbers.
- When possible, leave enough room between cars to allow for a fast exit.