What is an atm?
ATM stands for Automated Teller Machine. It’s a specialized computer that makes it convenient to manage your money. For example, almost all ATMs allow you to withdraw money, and many allow you to make deposits. At some ATMs, you can print a statement (a record of your account activity or transactions); check your account balances (the amount of money in your accounts right now); transfer money between your accounts; and even purchase stamps. You can usually access the most services at an ATM that’s operated by your own bank.
WHY USE ATMS?
ATMs are a safe and convenient way to manage your money. There are millions of ATMs worldwide and you can use many ATMs 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Some allow you to select the language you want to use.
IS THERE A FEE FOR USING AN ATM?
Check with your bank to see if they charge any ATM fees to customers. Usually there isn’t a fee to use one of your banks ATMs but almost all banks do charge a fee to non-customers who use their ATMs. Keep in mind that even though using an ATM may cost you money, it’s typically less expensive than using a check cashing service.
HOW DO YOU USE AN ATM?
To operate an ATM, you insert an ATM or debit card and enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN is a secret password that you create.
Then, follow the onscreen directions and select the banking service you require (deposit, withdrawal, transfer funds, etc.).
THE PARTS OF AN ATM
Getting to know the different parts of an ATM is important. It will help you understand where different features are and how they can help you manage your money without having to go into a bank.
atm security tips
Because most ATMs give out cash and many accept deposits, it makes sense to be alert and aware of your surroundings whenever you use an ATM. Here are some personal safety tips when using an ATM: