Re: ATM warning story

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Posted by Mike on January 28, 2014 at 10:56:50:

In Reply to: ATM warning story posted by Fred Metcalf on November 29, 2013 at 14:49:46:

Hi Fred,

Yes we made it across the ferry, no issues whatsoever anymore. We didn't get all that far though! We found a beautiful town called Lo de Marcos in Nayarit and decided to stay the night, another night and another night. As Christmas was coming up we decided to stay until the New Year….! As we were staying here a while, we ordered some items for our trip. They got lost in transit! Then we heard about people in Arizona that were coming down to this park too and could take the items with them. So we ordered them again to be delivered to them. All seemed well until the doctors stopped her from travelling… You can't make it up sometimes. They should be here end of the week, if the doctors give her the ok to travel… In other words, we arrived in lo de Marcos on Dec 5th and are still here :-)

: The past week we've had a family of three on motorcycles camping next to us. They're on a trip-of-a-lifetime biking the north-south length of the Americas. They have been stuck here for two reasons, one of which offers a warning about ATM usage.

: I'll put the link to their full ATM story below, but in summary they had a credit card "swallowed" by an ATM in the La Paz Walmart. While the Walmart people have been helpful, the bank people have not (HSBC is the bank). It appears that the bank will destroy the credit card when they finally choose to send someone out to open the ATM (the credit card has been in the ATM for over 10 days at this point, and the ATM has an "Out of Order" sign put on by Walmart).

: One lesson to be taken from this experience is to use only ATM machines which do not "ingest" the card to read it. Since this "card swallowing" possibility has always been a lurking concern of mine, once I found at ATM in La Paz which did not require that I let go of the credit card, I stuck to that ATM and avoided all others (I use the Banamex ATMs on the SW corner of Abasolo and Colima - diagonal from the old CCC, now Chedraui, supermarket).

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