SAPS provide ATM safety tips for safer festive season

DECEMBER 18, 2015

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape has supplied a few safety tips regarding electronic banking as well as for when carrying cash on your person, in order for members of the public to take caution this festive season.

They have said that this advice does not guarantee that you will be safe from certain crimes, however they can minimise the risk of card fraud or theft

See tips below:

Carrying cash safely and Banking

  • Use ATM’s where you feel most comfortable
  • Avoid using the ATM if there are any suspicious-looking individuals around
  • Have your card ready in your hand before you approach the ATM
  • Do not use the ATM if you notice anything unusual indicating it may have been altered
  • Be especially cautious when strangers offer to help you at an ATM, even if you are experiencing difficulty with the transaction, never allow anyone to distract you while you are at the ATM
  • Do not let anyone see you enter your PIN; you should shield the keypad with your hand when entering your PIN
  • Never disclose your PIN to anybody, not even to the bank or police
  • If you feel the ATM is not working normally, press the Cancel key and withdraw your card and then proceed to another ATM If your card gets jammed, retained or lost, or if you are interfered with at an ATM, report this immediately to the bank and/or police using the help line provided or nearest phone
  • Do not be in a hurry during the transaction, and carefully secure your card and cash in your wallet, handbag or pocket before leaving the ATM