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Marion Police Department Offers ATM Safety Tips

Post Date:05/08/2019 12:29 PM

Over the weekend the Marion and Cedar Rapids Police Departments have taken a large number of reports involving fraudulent transactions involving local ATM’s. The Marion Police Department would like to remind residents of the following American Bankers Association ATM safety tips.

• Review your bank statements daily and check for unauthorized transactions.
• Be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. If you observe or sense suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the machine at that time.
• Visually inspect the ATM for possible skimming devices. Potential indicators can include sticky residue or evidence of an adhesive used by criminals to affix a sleeve over the card reader of the ATM, scratches, damaged or crooked pieces, loose or extra attachments on the card slot, or noticeable resistance when pressing the keypad.
• Be careful that no one can see you enter your PIN at the ATM. Use your other hand or body to shield the ATM keyboard from overhead cameras as you enter your PIN into the ATM.
• To keep your account information confidential, always take your receipts or transaction records with you.
• Do not count or visually display any money you received from the ATM. Immediately put your money into your pocket or purse and count it later.
• If you are using a drive-up ATM, be sure passenger windows are rolled up and all doors are locked. If you leave your car and walk to the ATM, lock your car.

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