ATM and Debit Card Safety

Every year the Moose Jaw Police Service investigates numerous debit card frauds. Unfortunately most of these crimes could have been prevented with the card holder using some crime prevention measures.

Never give out your personal Identification number to anyone including law enforcement, friends, and financial institutions. If you suspect your personal Identification number is known by somebody else immediately change the number and contact your financial institution.

Know you PIN number and never write it down. If you do have to write it down, disguise it and DO NOT KEEP the number with your card

Never select a obvious PIN number. Some crooks are intelligent and can figure out most common numbers like birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, SIN number, name or other common identifiers.

Never lose track of your debit card when doing a transaction. Maintain eye contact with your card if anyone else has to swipe it through a debit machine.

Only conduct transactions in a secure location.

Hide your PIN number when you enter it into the banking or debit machine. Don't let others see you keypunch it in.

When completing your transaction, make sure you acquire both the card and the transaction record.

When you receive your end month financial statement, make sure it is correct. Report any problems to your financial institution immediately.

If your debit card is lost, stolen or retained by a ATM banking machine, contact your financial institution immediately.

Report any theft or suspicious occurrence to the police and financial institution immediately. Protect your ATM debit card. It's your money.