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-lit area, and 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 with the windows up. 
  • Memorize your access code. Don't write it down and/or carry it with you. 
  • Don't use an access code that is the same as other words 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.