Scammers are actively skimming ATM machines on the island

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Reports and relative information have reached the Police Force (KPSM) that once again a group of unknown scammers have targeted numerous ATM machines of the local banks and are actively skimming or attempting to skim cash from these machines.

This criminal act has the fullest attention of the police department who has launched an investigation into this matter.All local banks have been informed of the situation. The Police Department is taking this opportunity to inform all ATM users to take the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of this crime.

Choosing an ATM machine:

Be alert and aware of your surroundings and use an ATM that is located in an open space with bright lights.

If someone appears to be loitering around the ATM machine, go to another location.

If anything looks suspicious, consider cancelling the transaction and leave the area at once.

If the ATM looks different or appears to have any alterations or attachments to the card slot or PIN pad, do not use it. Immediately report anything suspicious to the bank that operates the ATM machine and the police.

Before you go to an ATM machine:

Have your ATM card out and ready to use.

Protect your Personal identification number (PIN) and memorize it. Do not write your PIN on the card or carry it with you, and do not share your PIN with anyone, including family and friends.

Consider having someone accompany you when the ATM machine is used after dark.

At the ATM machine:

Focus on what you are doing. Don’t use a cell phone or do anything else that diverts your attention.

Never allow a stranger to assist you in conducting an ATM transaction, even if you have trouble.

If the ATM machine retains your card, notify the branch as soon as possible.

Prevent others from seeing your PIN entry by using your body or hand to shield the ATM machine keypad.

If you are in a vehicle at a drive-up ATM machine, only open your window when you are ready to make a transaction. Keep your doors locked and the engine running.

When you are finished, put your receipt, card, and money away quickly. Count cash later in the safety of your vehicle, home, or other secure area.

As you return to your vehicle after your transaction, have your car keys ready and observe the area around your vehicle.

Go to the nearest public area where people are located if you are followed after making a transaction and call the police.

If someone does approach you and demands your money, do not resist. Remember everything you can about the person and call the police.

Please report any irregularity and or strange behavior to the Sint Maarten Police by calling, 911, 54-22222 or the tip line 9300.

 

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