Protecting yourself at ATM cash machines

If you or your family members use ATM cash machines on a regular basis, here are some tips that can make the process a little safer:


Only use ATM machines in a well-lighted, open, high-traffic area Use ATMs at inside busy supermarkets when possible


If lights around the ATM are not working, don't use that machine


Avoid bank ATM machines adjacent to obvious hiding places When you approach an ATM, scan the area first for loiterers


Have your card ready and leave quickly, not counting your cash in public Walk, run, or drive away immediately if your instincts tell you so


Beware of offers for help from strangers during an ATM transaction Tell any suspicious male in a loud, firm voice to back-off


Don't argue with a robber, if confronted, and give up the cash


Don't fight with or attempt to follow the robber


Drive or walk to a safe place and immediately call the police