sayulita-vendorOne of our writers, Matt Thompson, recently returned from Mexico and wrote a great post: 10 Things to Know About Sayulita, MexicoOne 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!

Related: Travel Tip of the Day: This Is What an ATM Skimmer Looks Like



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1 Comment On "Don’t Use ATMs on the Street (Especially in Mexico)"
  1. Anonymous|

    Contrary to to what you Stated NEVER EVER USE ANY NON BANK ATM and DO not USE ATMS that are locked up at night unsafe…only use BIG name MEXICAN backs they do a great Job of policing There ATMS and preferably use primary banks partner international bank ATM when you travel ie Bank of Americas partner bank in Mexico is SCOTTIA NO PRIVATE ATMS !!!!

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