Stay Safe When Using an ATM

security tips

ATMs offer us convenient, easy access to cash especially during hours when banks and credits unions are closed; but it’s important to keep personal safety a priority when using them. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your card information while using ATMs.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid ATMs that are not clearly visible from the street or in poorly lit locations.
  • Try to minimize the time spent at the ATM. You can do this by knowing what transactions you intend to complete before heading to the ATM and having your card easily accessible. 
  • If the card reader at the ATM looks like it may have been tampered with, do not use the ATM. Scammers can attach card skimming devices to card readers. These skimming devices can collect card information and PINs when a credit or debit card is swiped
  • Memorize your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Do not write it down anywhere.
  • Be cautious when entering your PIN. Be sure to cover the keypad as you enter it so anyone waiting behind you in line will be unable to see the numbers you key in. 
  • When using a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running and doors locked.
  • After leaving the ATM put your credit or debit card and cash away immediately. Wait until you’re in your car or other secure location before counting your money.
  • If you believe you are being followed after making an ATM transaction, go to a well-lit, crowded area and call the police.

Visit our branch locator to find a SEFCU ATM near you.

For more information and tips to protect your confidential information visit SEFCU’s Security Center.