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How to Avoid Falling Victim to ATM Fraud

7/21/2020

 

In spite of increased focus on cyber security breaches, ATM fraud continues to be a persistent issue for banks and their customers. At Peoples Bank, we want to help you use our network of ATMs safely and securely. In this article, we’ll explain how to spot ATM fraud so you can avoid falling victim to it. 

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Text: Learn the tips you need to know to protect yourself and your financial information when using an ATM.

 

1. Review your accounts on a regular basis.

Regularly reviewing your account transactions and monthly statements helps you stay on track with budgeting and financial goals, as well as alerting you to any unusual or suspicious transactions. Luckily, it’s easy to review your accounts anywhere, anytime, with Online Banking, E-Statements, and our Mobile Banking app. We also offer ID TheftSmart™ protection memberships to help you monitor and protect against identity theft.

 
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Text: Peoples Bank's ID TheftSmart protection memberships and Fraud Center help monitor and protect your information.
 

2. Take advantage of account alerts.

Our Fraud Center allows you to receive account alerts to help protect your financial information. Peoples Bank will notify you by email, text, or phone call of potential fraud on your Peoples Bank Mastercard® Debit Card.

 

3. Check for card skimmers on ATMs. 

Here’s how to check for card skimmers at ATMs and other card readers such as gas pumps. 

  • Inspect the ATM card slot before you insert your debit card. 
  • Pull on the card reader to see if it’s loose.
  • Look for unusual details such as tape, dried glue, cracks, and/or scratches. 
  • Keep up this habit of inspecting card readers every time you use them. 

 

4. Be aware of your surroundings when you use the ATM.

This last point isn’t on the cutting edge of technology, but it’s still worth repeating. Make sure no one in line behind you or otherwise nearby is close enough to watch you enter your PIN or capture your debit card number. Use your best judgement to determine when it’s safe for you to use the ATM.

 

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Text: Be aware of your surroundings when using an ATM. 

Peoples Bank puts your security first!

At Peoples Bank, we leave nothing on the table when it comes to the safety and security of our customers and their personal data. From our Fraud Center to our Mobile Banking app and ID TheftSmart™ protection options, we give you the tools you need to bank safely and securely.  Have questions or concerns? Contact us today!

 

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Text: Peoples Bank remains dedicated to your security. Contact or visit one of our bank locations to open an account, apply for a loan, and more!