Sunday, May 1, 2011

CEO Kirk Sanford Takes On ATM Fraud

Kirk Sanford, CEO of Sightline Payments, takes ATM fraud very seriously. Sightline is constantly enhancing security measures to thwart ATM thieves. Kirk Sanford and Sightline also offer the following suggestions to protect yourself:

Protect your PIN from other eyes. When you enter your PIN, make sure to cover the keypad with your other hand to prevent bystanders or any cameras from noting the digits. And if the keypad looks strange or different, move on; fake keypads are a common trick used by ATM thieves.

Choose your ATM carefully. Avoid using ATMs in poorly lighted areas or places with low traffic. Experts often suggest a bank ATM over standalone ATMs in public places. Identity thieves will not only attach devices to legitimate ATMs to steal numbers, but they will also install phony ATMS in public places.

Report fraud as soon as possible! Always report any fraudulent or suspicious activity to your bank as soon as you discover it. Consumer protections for debit cards vary but depend largely on when you report the fraudulent activity. If you wait too long to report the fraud, your bank account could be cleaned out and your bank might not reimburse you.

These are just a few suggestions from Kirk Sanford and Sightline Payments to make your ATM use safe and successful.

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