Always try to be aware of persons near Automatic Teller Machines, especially at night. If a person's presence concerns you, pass up that particular location and use another machine.
Try to have someone accompany you when you are going to an ATM. Try to park your car close to the ATM. Walk briskly to and from the machine, avoiding conversation with strangers.
ATM forms, such as deposit slips, should be collected at a prior visit so that they can be filled out in advance.
Money withdrawn from an ATM should be placed securely out of sight immediately after it is taken from the machine. If you are followed by persons after you use the ATM, go to the nearest open business or place where people are present.
If persons enter an ATM building or walk up to an ATM and stand very close to you while you are in the middle of a transaction, cancel the transaction immediately. Be sure to wait for the machine to return your card before safely putting it away and leaving the area as quickly as possible.
Do not allow yourself to be rushed or crowded by people while you are using the machine as you may leave your card behind in your haste to get out of the situation and, to make matters worse, persons may observe your PIN as you enter it into the machine.
Avoid giving your PIN or ATM card or both to anyoneeven if persons claim to work for the bank, state that they are law enforcement officials, or if they promise to share a large amount of cash with you. Contact the bank that issued the ATM card immediately if you think that the card has been lost or stolen.
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-- Officer Ann Haines
Volume 42 Number 30
April 30, 1996
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