Using a cash machine is an extremely safe and convenient way of withdrawing cash, but they can sometimes be the focus of criminal activity.
The Metropolitan Police have provided us with some simple tips to reduce your chances of being a victim of fraud.
Many banks and building societies will have cash machines inside their branches, as well as out on the street. Cash machines may also be available in places such as shopping centres, bus or train stations, or local stores. Do not use a cash machine unless you feel comfortable with your surroundings. Before beginning your transaction check that you are happy with the machine itself. Make sure you can feel whether the slot from which your cash will be dispensed is free of any obvious obstruction. If you are unsure in any way remember that a machine inside a bank branch or retail outlet is far less likely to have been tampered with than a cash machine facing the street.
On completing a transaction, discreetly put your money and card away before leaving. Never leave the machine carrying cash loose in your hand.