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ATM Awareness

Be careful when using an ATM, especially when getting cash. Follow these precautions:

  • 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.
  • After dark:
    * Take a companion along
    * Park close to the ATM in a well lighted area; lock your car
    * If the lights around the ATM aren't working, don't use it.
  • Use your body as a shield while you enter your access code, so no one can see you type it.
  • Take all of your transaction receipts with you; don't throw them away near the ATM.
  • If you get cash - put it away right away; don't stand at the ATM and count it.
  • Never accept offers of assistance with the ATM from strangers; ask the bank for help.
  • If you use a drive-up ATM, your vehicle's other doors should be locked w/windows up.
  • Memorize your access code; don't write it down and/or carry it with you.
  • Don't use an access code that's the same as other word's or numbers in your wallet.
  • Never tell your access code to ANYONE !! (including bank employees, the police, etc.)
  • Never lend your ATM card to anyone; treat it like cash or a credit card.
  • If you lose your ATM card, notify your bank or credit union immediately.