ATM Fraud: Six Steps to Improving Awareness!
Here are some tips to help reduce ATM skimming incidents:
- Be wary of anything about the ATM machine that looks out of the ordinary, such as odd-looking equipment or wires attached to the device.
- Look for a "no tampering" sign. Crooks often place these to stop anyone curious about a new piece of equipment.
- Steer clear of a jammed ATM machine that forces you to use another ATM that has a skimmer attached. Often, the criminal will disable other ATMs in the area to draw users to the one that has the skimming device on it.
- You should check your bank accounts regularly to make sure there are no unusual or unauthorized transactions.
- If you see anything unusual or suspicious around an ATM, or if you find unauthorized ATM transactions on your bank account, immediately notify local law enforcement, as well as your financial institution and/or the establishment where the ATM is located.
- Always protect your PIN: Don't give the number to anyone, and cover the keypad while you are entering your PIN.