Tips to avoid ATM scamming

Noxolo Majavu

Experts have warned that during the festive season, fraudsters are very active.

  FNB’s Le-Anne van Zyl said shoppers must be vigilant, especially when using ATMs.

  “Always exercise caution by remaining vigilant of your surroundings. It is also important to constantly familiarise yourself with the latest trends that fraudsters are using to evade falling victim,” she said.

  She gives 10 tips to avoid being defrauded.

Always keep your ATM PIN confidential and never share with anyone or write it down;

Stand as close as possible to the ATM and never let anyone stand close or distract you while transacting;

When transacting, cover the key pad with your hand, scammers can place cameras to record your PIN as you punch it in;

Do not enter your PIN on a screen that is unfamiliar to you, carefully read the instruction on the ATM screen before entering your PIN;

Once cash has been withdrawn, immediately place this out of sight. Avoid handling cash in public view and secure your wallet and handbag before leaving the ATM;

Set a realistic daily limit on your banking to protect yourself, should your details be compromised, and check your statements regularly and report suspicious transactions immediately. Rather use your debit card for purchases;

Be wary of strangers who may call you back to the ATM to complete a transaction. They often ask for assistance or offer to assist you;

Never force your card into the ATM, if the card is not easily accepted by the device, it may have been tampered with by criminals and never use an ATM if it looks faulty or shows evidence of tampering;

Do not post images of your cash on social media, you might not know who is following you;

If you forgot your bank card, you can always use the safe and secured cardless cash withdrawals.

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