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Using a compromised ATM can mean risking identity theft and/or having cash stolen. With this simple machine, all it takes is a few short minutes for a victim’s life to meet disaster. Here are tips to help you keep your ATM transactions secure.


Keep your PIN private.





Check the ATM for a card skimmer. Does the card slot feel loose? Is the keypad too thick? Does it look newer than the rest of the machine?





Bring along a buddy, especially when using an ATM at night.





Look for suspicious persons that may be lurking nearby.





Use your body as a shield by standing close to the machine and covering the keypad with your free hand while entering your PIN.





Have your debit card ready to use before you approach the machine.





Put away all cash as soon as you complete your transaction.





Lock all doors and roll up passenger windows when using a drive-thru ATM.





If you suspect foul play, leave immediately.





Take your receipt if one is provided.