One of our writers, Matt Thompson, recently returned from Mexico and wrote a great post: 10 Things to Know About Sayulita, Mexico. One of his tips can be applied pretty much everywhere, but especially to ATMs in Mexico:
“You’ll notice public ATMs around town; don’t use them. Skimmers, a card reader placed over the ATM card slot allowing thieves to steal your account info, have a history of emptying the bank accounts unbeknownst to their tourist victims. Instead, take out pesos from your local bank before you go, this way you’ll get the best exchange rate too. If you run out of cash in town, use an ATM in a liquor store or other local business, they’re locked up at night and safe to use.”
Personally, I would go to a well-known bank in Mexico instead of exchanging before leaving. But a good tip!
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