Some Common Sense ATM Security Tips.
ATM services can enrich your life. You can get cash, make deposits, do transfers, check your balances ad more. Because ATMs are so versatile, it' good to keep your own security in mind when you use them.
You use good "common sense" around your home, shopping areas and outdoor places already. We ask you to use the same sensible principles at walk-up ATMs.
Staying Safe On Foot
Stay in well lit areas. When you're going to an ATM at night, it makes sense to be in bright places to transact your business. And have your ATM card out and ready to use. If you see a light out at an ATM, please report it so the situation can be corrected.
Stay in Sight Of Passers-by. Or Bring A Friend.
Keeping in view of other people is always a good idea. Try to avoid being isolated. And particularly after sunset, why not bring a friend or family member along for the ride?
Avoid Suspicious Situations.
Just as you do in most other situations, if something looks at all suspicious, it's a good idea to cancel your transaction, put your ATM card away and leave! The same goes whether you're at a walk-up machine or a drive-up machine.
Safety On The Move.
Be just as cautious at drive-up ATMs. Keep your doors locked and your windows up prior to and after your transaction. If you leave your car, turn off the engine and take your keys with you.
Your ATM Card Needs You To Protect It.
Your ATM card is like any valuable card or document, so make a habit of keeping your ATM card in a secure place. If it's lost or stolen, report it immediately.
Your Secret Code. Keep It Secret.
Your PIN (Personal Identification Number) is your assurance that ho one else can use your ATM card. Memorize your number, and if you do write it down, keep it in a separate place from your card. And don't let anyone else know what your secret code is. Because then it's not a secret anymore.
Stay Close To Your Cash.
Avoid displaying cash you get from your ATM. Put your money and receipts away before leaving the ATM and wait to count your cash in the safety of your car, home of office.
Save Your Receipt.
Just as you save a receipt when you make purchases, it's a good idea to keep your ATM receipt. It contains private account information you might not want someone else to know. And you can use it to help check against your monthly statement!