Be on alert when drawing money at ATM

2015-07-23 06:02
;If you feel unsafe at an ATM or you are suspicious of individuals loitering in the vicinity of the ATM, trust your instincts, go away and use another ATM.

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;If you feel unsafe at an ATM or you are suspicious of individuals loitering in the vicinity of the ATM, trust your instincts, go away and use another ATM. Graphic: SUPPLIED

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The South African Police Service wish to warn the community to be on the alert and careful when withdrawing cash at local ATMs at shopping centres or in town.

“Incidents were reported where cards were stolen from rightful owners and cash withdrawals were made without the owners knowing about it,” said W/O Gerda Swart, spokesperson of the Uitenhage police.

The police therefore provide as a guideline the following safety hints regarding ATMs:

*Avoid isolated ATMs and using the ATM late at night or very early in the

morning. Try to select an ATM in well-lit, busy areas.

*If you feel unsafe at an ATM or you are suspicious of individuals loitering in the vicinity of the ATM, trust your instincts, go away and use another ATM.

*Never write down your Personal Identification Number (PIN) or carry it anywhere near your ATM card. Memorise it and keep it a secret.

*Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM.

*Take your time while doing your transaction. Don’t be distracted, intimidated,

or hurried into your transaction.

*Never let a stranger touch your card. He/she may have already seen your PIN

and is trying to switch your card.

*It is advisable not to insert your card until instructed to do so by the display screen.

*Never force your card into the card slot.

*Be sure no-one is looking over your shoulder when you key in your PIN.

*Cancel your card if the machine retains it by calling the card stop number.

*Be suspicious of anyone offering his or her help. Don’t move away from the

machine before you have called the card stop number and make a note of the

reference provided by the bank.

*Ensure that your own card is returned after the transaction.

*Don’t count your cash in front of the ATM or while walking or sitting in an

unlocked vehicle as you may be followed from an ATM.

*Be watchful for people (on foot or in a vehicle) following you after you have withdrawn your money.

*If you suspect that you are being followed, get yourself to the nearest police station

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