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Scams to Avoid

Automated Teller Machine Scam

Some Automated Teller Machines are actually "skimmers" which collect your account number and PIN.   The thieves then use your information to withdraw money from your bank account.

Only use ATM's located at legitimate financial institutions and avoid those found in "convenience stores" and gas stations.   Be careful though... even bank owned ATM's can be compromised!   For example, be on the lookout for an ATM scam that was reported by the University of Texas at Austin, Police Department.

Be sure to report any suspicious hardware you find on an ATM, to the bank or ATM operator, immediately.




 
 

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