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Home > Prevention

Protect Yourself at the ATM

AVOID using an ATM while alone. Take someone with you or use when others are around.

AVOID using an ATM after dark. If you must, choose one that is well lighted and does not have tall bushes nearby.

ALWAYS look at the surroundings when arriving at the ATM. Do not stop if you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or anyone who looks suspicious. Use an ATM at a different location or come back later, and notify the authorities.

ALWAYS have your access card and other documents needed ready when you approach an ATM. While you are fumbling with a wallet or purse, you are easy game for a thief.

AVOID standing right behind someone else that is using the ATM. Allow them enough space to conduct their transaction in privacy.

BE ALERT to your surroundings while using the ATM. Look up and around every few seconds while transacting your business.

AVOID counting or otherwise displaying large amounts of cash.

PROTECT your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Do not enter your PIN if anyone else can see the screen. Shield your PIN from onlookers by using your body.

ALWAYS be sure you have your card and receipt when your transaction is finished. Then leave immediately.

BE ALERT as you leave. Look for anything or anyone who appears suspicious. If you think you are being followed, go to an area with people and call the police.

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