Security Alert: ATM Safety

  • by Rayna Karst
  • Jan 19, 2023, 09:09 AM

Using an ATM to withdraw cash is easy and convenient. But if you’re not careful, it can also put you at risk for debit card fraud or theft.

Many banks, like CoreFirst Bank & Trust, strive to ensure customer safety at ATMs with surveillance cameras, enhanced lighting, and other measures. But nothing beats practicing smart, cautious behavior when getting cash.

Follow these safety tips at the ATM to keep yourself and your information safe:

  • Cover the ATM keypad when you enter your PIN. Criminals often try to steal your PIN using small cameras attached to the ATM. By covering the keypad, you can keep your PIN out of view and your information safe.
  • Keep an eye on your account statements after using an ATM. It’s a good practice to frequently check your account statements for suspicious activity – but especially after using an ATM. If you see fraudulent activity, report it to your bank immediately.
  • When using a drive-up ATM, keep your passenger windows rolled up and your car locked. Be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. If you see any suspicious characters, leave immediately and use a different machine. 
  • Don’t leave your ATM card lying around. Keep your card safe in your wallet or purse, hidden from sight.
  • Don’t count or display your money after withdrawing it from at ATM. Counting your cash is a good way to attract the eyes of criminals. Instead, discretely count your money and secure it in your wallet.
  • Don’t write down or share your ATM PIN with anyone. As a general rule, we recommend that you never give out any personal financial information over the phone or through the internet.