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5 ATM Safety Tips

By Phil Rock, founder/CEO of ATM Network

Using an automatic teller machine (ATM) revolutionized how we access money. According to the American Bankers Association, more than 10.8 billion people access cash from AMTs every year.

Since ATMs are easily accessible, many of us take for granted that it is a safe way to get money any time or anywhere. With our more than 4,000 ATMs around the US and Canada, you can be safe with common sense steps. Here are my suggestions for keeping an eye on your safety while using an ATM:

Find a Location That's Safe.

Find an ATM located in the center of a building, inside a well-lit location, and that has many security cameras to be safe from any potentially unsafe situations while accessing your cash. Avoid blind spots such as corners of buildings or darkened hallways. In the evening, it is always smart to bring along a companion when accessing your cash.

Be Prepared.

We recommend you prepare before approaching the ATM to make any withdrawals or deposits by having your pin codes, debit or credit cards, and all checks for deposit ready before you arrive.

Be Constantly Vigilant!

If you see anything suspicious near the ATM you want to use, we suggest you leave and return later. It is always possible to cancel your transaction if you notice something you don't like while you're using the ATM, as well. If you feel like certain situations are unsafe, leave.

Don't Give Too Much Info!

If an ATM asks for more than you PIN code — information such as your social security number and date of birth — do not use it. An ATM should only ask for your bankcard's private identity number (PIN) code.

Leave Quickly.

After you've completed your transaction at an ATM, get your card and receipt then leave. Always maintain a safe distance between you and any stranger. If you believe that you are being followed, you should go to the nearest place where there are people and contact the authorities.

Thanks Phil!

Phil Rock is Founder/CEO of ATM Network, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1996. Phil created one of the most innovative and fastest growing independent ATM companies in North America and now ATM Network partners with more than 4,000 merchants to provide customers with quick and easy access to cash, ATM Network works to offer a full service of ATM programs. For more information about ATM Network, visit www.atmnetwork.net.

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