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ATM Safety Tips

ATM Safety Tips

Using your ATM/debit card is the simple, hassle-free way to get cash, check account balances, transfer funds, make purchases and more. To enjoy the many conveniences electronic banking offers, you should make ATM/debit card security a priority. Here are some important safety tips.

ATM/Debit Card Security

  1. Treat your card like cash. Always keep your card in a safe place.
  2. Keep your “secret code” a secret.
  3. ATM transactions and PIN debit purchases require the use of a secret code known as a personal identification number of PIN. Memorize your PIN, and never write it on your card or store it with your card.
  4. Never let someone else enter your PIN for you.
  5. Do not disclose information about your card over the telephone.
  6. No one needs to know your PIN…not even the credit union. If you perform transactions over the telephone using your ATM/debit card, never disclose your PIN.
  7. Do not expose your card’s magnetic stripe to magnetic objects.
  8. Magnetic objects can damage your card.
  9. Report a lost or stolen card at once.
  10. Promptly call the credit union if your card is lost or stolen to reduce the chance that it will be used improperly.
  11. Prompt notice of lost or stolen cards will also limit your potential liability for unauthorized transactions.
  12. Review your account statements.
  13. Review all account statements from the credit union promptly, and report any errors (including transactions you believe may be unauthorized) as soon as possible. Again, a prompt notice will limit your potential liability for unauthorized transactions.

Drive-Up ATM Security

  1. Keep your doors locked, windows up and engine running when in line at a drive-up ATM
  2. Always leave enough room between vehicles to allow for a quick exit should it become necessary.
  3. Before rolling down the window to use an ATM, observe the entire area.
  4. Minimize the time spent at the ATM.
  5. If anyone or anything appears suspicious, cancel the transaction and drive away at once.
  6. If anyone follows you after making an ATM transaction, drive immediately to a crowded, well-lit area and call the police.

Point-of-Sale (POS) Security

  1. Never allow the cashier or any other person to enter your PIN for you, even if they are assisting you with the transaction.
  2. Block the view of others when using a POS terminal.
  3. Be certain the transaction is complete and review your receipt before leaving.
  4. If you receive cash back from a transaction, put it away before leaving.
  5. When using an outdoor POS terminal such as at a gas station, always observe your surroundings before making a transaction.
  6. When using an outdoor POS terminal, if anyone or anything appears to be suspicious, leave the area at once.
  7. It is a good idea to take another person with you when using an outdoor POS terminal at night.
  8. If anyone follows you after making a POS transaction, drive immediately to a crowded, well-lit area and call the police.

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