U.S. citizens in Burma should be vigilant when using ATM machines to withdraw cash. Several U.S. citizens have been double-charged or have detected unauthorized withdraws on their monthly statements.
Criminals use “skimmer” devices attached to ATM machines, hidden cameras, or wireless devices to capture information from a card or from the machine keypad. These methods require the criminal to be in close proximity to the ATM machine. Be wary of individuals who seem to be loitering or “hanging out” near ATM machines. If an ATM machine has a suspicious looking attachment or a camera, report it immediately to the banking institution.
Closely monitor your banking information, check your account balances regularly and report any unauthorized withdraws immediately to your banking institutions.
ATM Fraud is not limited to travelers in Burma. Please be cautious whereever you are.