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At Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
- ATMs are potentially dangerous anytime but they are especially dangerous at night, or when you are alone. Avoid using the ATM at night or in an isolated area.
- Scan the area before leaving your car to approach an ATM.
- At drive-up ATMs, keep the car in drive or in gear with the clutch depressed. Keep your foot securely on the brake. If something goes wrong, hit the accelerator.
- If a vehicle pulls out ahead of you and suddenly stops, the driver may be counting money or he or she may be trying to block you. Do not enter ATM area until way is clear.
- Only use ATMs in well-lighted areas in public view.
- Some criminals study the habits of regular ATM users. Do not visit ATMs on a schedule.
- If your ATM card is lost or stolen, you may be contacted by telephone. The caller may sound official and ask for your PIN number. Do not give the number. Instead, offer a reward if he or she turns your lost property over to the police, or meet him or her in a public place and bring a friend.