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By Damilola Faustino

ATMs are a great convenience, but they can compromise your safety. A robber looking for an easy prey only has to stake out an ATM in a low-traffic, dimly lit area and attack you after withdrawing your hard-earned cash. To prevent stories that touch, here are some don’ts you should know:

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  1. Do not use an ATM that appears unusual looking or offers options with which you are not familiar or comfortable.
  2. Do not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN. Memorize your PIN; never write it on the back of your card.
  3. Do not wear expensive jewellery or take other valuables to the ATM. This is an added incentive to the assailant.
  4. Never count cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are in your car or another secure place.
  5. Prepare all transaction paperwork prior to your arrival at the ATM. This will minimize the amount of time spent at the machine.
  6. Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balances, and immediately report any problems to your bank.
  7. When possible, use ATMs during the daytime. Most ATM robberies occur at night, with the highest risk between midnight and 4 a.m.
  8. Do not withdraw large amounts of cash. After making a withdrawal immediately put it into your wallet or purse before leaving the ATM.

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