Alex O'Brien

International

5 tips to safely use ATMs abroad

5 tips to safely use ATMs abroad

If you’re on a holiday and looking for euros, pounds, yen or even peso, using an ATM can be one of the quickest, most-convenient ways to access your cash. We’re going to take you through our top tip for using ATMs overseas, so you can be confident you will be securely accessing your money.

1. Know what you balance is and check it regularly

Sometimes people only realise they’ve been scammed when it’s far too late. It’s important to make sure you’re aware of your bank balance at all times, and monitor it regularly for suspicious activity.

2. Try to minimise the time you spend at an ATM

Lingering around ATMs can leave you open to scams and theft. Before approaching a foreign ATM, work out exactly how much money you want to withdraw and then spend as little time at the machine as possible – but also be sure not to rush and forget anything. If the machine is too confusing, find another one. Lingering too long at an ATM can potentially expose yourself as a tourist to scammers or thieves.

3. Avoid non-bank ATMs

Independent ATMs are not only more susceptible to fraudsters, they’re also likely to charge exorbitant fees for accessing your money. Try to avoid these non-bank ATMs wherever possible and only access your money from the major outlets.

4. Withdraw during bank hours near banks

Plan ahead and withdraw larger amounts of cash during day hours. Not only will the bank staff be working and on hand to assist you if anything goes wrong, you’re far less likely to be approached by assailants while you’re during daylight hours.

5. If something seems wrong, don’t panic

There could be any number of reasons why you can’t withdraw cash from a particular ATM, so if you’re having troubles don’t panic straight away. Sometimes the issue could be simpler than you think. Monitor your balance and try another ATM.

Have you ever used an ATM overseas? Did you run into any problems, or was it a seamless process? What advice would you give? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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