ATM Crime and Fraud is not new news, as is evident when you visit the news page of atmsecurity.com and see there are 9300 articles to read. These articles cover ATM fraud stories from around the world, and Wisconsin is not immune to these types of crime.
Here are three tips to help you protect your account when using an ATM:
- Hide your password with your hand.
Always cover your password with your hand. Criminals disguise hidden cameras to try and obtain your password. By protecting it with your hand, ATM thieves can't access your PIN.
- Observe the ATM.
Take a quick look at the ATM machine. Does anything look a bit out-of-place? Get familiar with the ATMs you use and watch carefully for any changes to the machine, such as new keypads or displays, as they may indicate that the ATM has been tampered with. If the card reader moves around when you try to wiggle it with your hand, a “skimmer” may be laid over it. A genuine card reader should not move around and will be securely attached as part of the ATM.
- Check your account balances and transactions frequently.
Regularly check your savings, checking, and credit card accounts online. If you notice any suspicious activity, contact your financial institution immediately.