Some BANK ATM Safety and Security Tips

ATM Selection Considerations

  • Do not select an ATM at the corner of a building.Select an ATM located near the center of a building.

  • Identify an ATM with maximum natural surveillance and visibility from the surrounding area.

  • Select an ATM at a location void of barriers blocking the line of sight of the ATM.

  • Select an ATM that is in a well-lighted location.

  • Whenever possible, select an ATM that is monitored or patrolled by a security officer

  • Select an ATM with a wide-angle transaction camera or a continuous transaction surveillance camera. Consult the bank or location management for this information.

  • Avoid ATM locations with large perimeter parking lots and numerous ingress and egress points

Considerations Prior To and During Transactions

  • Always watch for suspicious persons or activity around an ATM.
  • If you notice anything strange, leave and return some other time. Even if you have already started a transaction, cancel it and leave.
  • Maintain a small supply of deposit envelopes at home, in your car or office. Prepare all transaction paperwork prior to your arrival at the ATM site. This will minimize the amount of time spent at the ATM
  • Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction. Do not become so involved with your transaction that you are not aware of changing conditions in the area
  • Do not wear expensive jewelry or take other valuables to the ATM. This is an added incentive to an assailant
  • If you get cash – put it away right immediately.  Do not stand at the ATM and count it
  • Never accept offers of assistance with the ATM from strangers; ask the bank for help
  • Never lend your ATM card to anyone; treat it as if were cash or a credit card
  • If you use a drive-up ATM, ascertain your vehicle doors and windows are locked
  • During evening hours consider taking a companion along, park close to the ATM in a well lighted area and lock your car.  If the lights around the ATM are not working properly, do not use it
  • When leaving an ATM location make sure you are not being followed. If you are being followed, drive immediately to a police.
  • If you are involved in a confrontation and the attacker is armed with a weapon and demands your money or valuables, GIVE IT TO THE SUSPECT.  Do not resist, property may be recovered later or replaced.

Fraud Considerations

  • Memorize your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Do not write it down or keep it in your wallet or purse. Do not tell anyone else your PIN ANYONE !! (including bank employees, the police, etc.).
  • Shield the ATM keypad from anyone who may be standing or parked nearby or anyone crowding you in an attempt to view your PIN and/or  transaction. Use your body as a shield if necessary while you enter your access code.
  • Make sure you retain your transaction receipt. Do not throw the receipt away at the ATM site.
  • The National Consumers League has opened a toll-free number to provide information on ATM frauds and scams. The National Fraud Information Center at 1-800-876-7060 employs counselors who will refer consumers to the proper agency for reporting a fraud or scam.
  • Immediately report any stolen or lost ATM card to the proper entities.

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