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    i think using debit cards at an aruba ATM machine is not an issue of concern.

    there are plenty of ATM machines around.....at resorts, casinos, banks, grocery stores.
    the ATM will give you the choice of withdrawing money as either US dollars or Aruban Florins.
    andrea

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    http://gizmodo.com/5453857/atm-card-...-sophisticated
    Windy, these devices usually will stick out a few extra inches. Hope this helps.

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    Thank you for helping me be more aware! I guess I'm too trusting, as I never seem to think of this stuff!

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    I am bumping this for a forum member who had a question.

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    A few years back my GF used her ATM to get cash and you guessed it...someone got into her bank account from the ATM in Aruba. She only used it once while on vacation but they were able to determine that is where they got her information.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Fairly simple to skim the number with the right equipment



    ATM Card Skimmers Are Getting Frighteningly Sophisticated

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    More on skimmers, and how to avoid them...

    Some tips to prevent ATM skimming scams
    "RIP-OFF ALERT: A crime that's been floating around for at least five years has become even more dangerous lately: Skimming.

    Here's how it works. Criminals attach a device on ATMs that captures all the information on your ATM card. At the same time, you're being videotaped or watched in such a way that the thief can see the PIN number you punch in. Within minutes, before you even to realize it's happened, your card is duplicated, and the criminals empty your account.

    Historically, the banks don't offer much help: they try to blame the customer, saying they must have given out their secret PIN. But this is baloney! Huge amounts of cash get pilfered from one machine at a time.

    The Washington Post found out about a particular skimmer that had been placed at a branch of Wachovia division of Wells Fargo. The total losses haven't been determined yet, but the immediate take was $60,000 from that one machine.

    As a precaution against skimming, here are some suggestions. First, when using an ATM, before you put your card in the slot, put your hand on the slot and wiggle it. ATMs without skimmers will not wiggle at all. If there is a skimmer, the slot will seem loose. (The skimmer might even pop off into your hands.) If it does seem loose, you should alert the bank so they can check into it further.

    Second, to prevent "shoulder-surfers" who might be trying to steal your PIN, always place your free hand over the hand that's punching in the numbers. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windy View Post
    I was planning on using my debit card for purchases instead of my credit card (no interest charge!). Bad idea? Have seen a couple of posts warning not to use debit cards. Is this a big problem?
    Windy,

    You shouldn't have a problem using your debit card if you use it as a credit card. You always have the option of using credit or debit, and using credit you don't have to enter you pin #, which would give access to your bank account.
    I never use the debit option, even here in the states.

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