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ATM frauds are rising. Here are tips to protect yourself

There have been multiple cases of frauds at automated teller machines (ATMs). To make sure that you don’t become a victim to any ATM frauds here is what you should know: If an ATM site is in a remote corner of the street and looks desolate, avoid using it. Find a brightly lit and well kept ATM. ATMs in India are typically located in 800-1,000 sq. ft outlets, done up depending on the branding of the bank to which they belong, while others are kept in lobbies of corporate buildings, airports, malls, etc.

Don’t enter ATM outlets if you find people inside. If they are using the ATM, let them complete their transaction. If they are just loitering inside, ask them to move out. If you suspect something fishy, leave the site. If you have to urgently withdraw cash, before starting the transaction, check your surroundings and the ATM for any hidden camera. Look at the card reader. If you see something looking abnormal, tug at the card reader to check for any ‘skimmer’ (a device to read your card data) attached to the card reader. Check the slot from which cash comes out of the ATM. Do you see anything out of the ordinary? If so, don’t use the ATM.

I have seen cardholders giving their card and PIN to their family member, or other people, requesting them to withdraw cash for them. Giving your card and PIN is like giving the key to your account and your hard-earned money. Never give your card or PIN to anyone, even to your own child, spouse or sibling. There have been numerous instances where a cardholder’s relatives have defrauded the cardholder using his/her card and PIN.

Once you leave the site, these fraudsters use the card obtained from you and the PIN noted by them to empty out your account. Don’t take help from strangers while using the ATM. If there are people right behind you or at your side when you are transacting, please ask them to move away. While entering your PIN on the ATM, cover the movement of your fingers on the PIN pad, with the other hand, purse, book, mobile or any other thing that you may have with you. This will ensure that even if people try to see the numbers you are pressing on the PIN pad or there are hidden cameras near the ATM, capturing your hand movement and thereby your PIN, they will not be successful. Some ATMs have a ‘PIN shield’ which is like a flap on both sides of the PIN pad. This is mainly to protect your PIN entry from the hidden cameras.



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The Xinhua News Agency  also reported that 14 passengers remain missing and a Thai citizen has been confirmed dead.
The Phoenix, with 105 passengers on board had allegedly been warned not to sail due to bad weather.  Another tourist boat, the Serenata, also capsized in the same area. The 42 passengers on that boat were rescued.    
Three Thai warships and two Chinese rescue teams on Sunday participated in rescue operations searching for survivors of the Phoenix.
Most passengers on the two boats were Chinese citizens, according to media reports.
The captain of Hua Hin, one of the three Tai navy ships participating in the rescue, said on Sunday that 16 divers from the Thai Navy were checking the cabins of the Phoenix, which sank in waters 40 meters deep.
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While the OPPO F9 ProSmartphone is set to debut in India on August 21, specifications of the upcoming handset have now surfaced through a sales pitch note. The leaked note suggests that the F9 Pro could be the India variant of the OPPO F9. The handset is rumored to come with the VOOC integration for fast charging support and a 6.3 display with the V-shaped waterdrop notch design identical to the Oppo F9  smartphone.
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