ATM's in Spain

Old Oct 23rd 2004, 12:39 am
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Cammum
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I am sorry to be a pest but a group of about 30 of us are about to head for
Barcelona for a cruise and one of our members just reported that his bank in
Atlanta told him that he will not be able to draw Euros from an ATM in Spain
because of a high rate of fraud.

I have never heard of this happening here in America, but can this rumor
possibly be true?
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 1:34 am
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Frank F. Matthews
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Can you get a decent bank? I suppose that they could block locations
but Spain?

A few years ago I had no trouble. As I remember I was mostly using
Compass Bank and a local Federal Credit Union.

Cammum wrote:

    > I am sorry to be a pest but a group of about 30 of us are about to head for
    > Barcelona for a cruise and one of our members just reported that his bank in
    > Atlanta told him that he will not be able to draw Euros from an ATM in Spain
    > because of a high rate of fraud.

    > I have never heard of this happening here in America, but can this rumor
    > possibly be true?
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 2:26 am
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BruceB
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"Cammum" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I am sorry to be a pest but a group of about 30 of us are about to head for
    > Barcelona for a cruise and one of our members just reported that his bank
    > in
    > Atlanta told him that he will not be able to draw Euros from an ATM in
    > Spain
    > because of a high rate of fraud.
    > I have never heard of this happening here in America, but can this rumor
    > possibly be true?

You can rest assured that it's baloney. Getting cash in even the smallest
towns in Spain is easy at any ATM -- and there are lots of them anywhere
near any beaten path. The only thing you want to make sure of is to have a
4 digit PIN. Probably most American banks already conform to that.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 4:51 am
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Dane
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"Cammum" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I am sorry to be a pest but a group of about 30 of us are about to head
for
    > Barcelona for a cruise and one of our members just reported that his bank
in
    > Atlanta told him that he will not be able to draw Euros from an ATM in
Spain
    > because of a high rate of fraud.
    > I have never heard of this happening here in America, but can this rumor
    > possibly be true?

What type of ATM fraud ? And by whom - the banks or the customers ?

The only Spain story I can find is from 18 Jan 2003:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/world/europe/2672179.stm

And from MSN UK:
http://money.msn.co.uk/Bank_Plan/Car...ad/default.asp

" Card fraud is now a common problem throughout the world and cost UK
holidaymakers £25 million. According to a survey by Sainsbury's and the Bank
of Scotland, although the majority of people believed their card was most at
risk in Spain, most overseas fraud on UK cards takes place in the US (19%),
followed by France (17%), with Spain third (16%), then Italy (6%) and Turkey
(3%). "
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 8:37 am
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Ken Wheatley
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On Sat, 23 Oct 2004 02:26:04 GMT, " BruceB" <[email protected]>
wrote:
    >You can rest assured that it's baloney. Getting cash in even the smallest
    >towns in Spain is easy at any ATM -- and there are lots of them anywhere
    >near any beaten path. The only thing you want to make sure of is to have a
    >4 digit PIN. Probably most American banks already conform to that.
But it's the OP's bank that's making life difficult, not the Spanish
ones. They're not going to allow him to use his card in Spain to
protect themselves.
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 8:46 am
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Nige
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If the Atlanta bank is a small one, then maybe they set there own rules.
Maybe the customer should change bank? However, ATMs are very common place
in Spain and I would recommend using a VISA card when in Europe as it is
widely accepted and I think the cash withdrawal rate is lower than others.

"Cammum" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I am sorry to be a pest but a group of about 30 of us are about to head for
    > Barcelona for a cruise and one of our members just reported that his bank
    > in
    > Atlanta told him that he will not be able to draw Euros from an ATM in
    > Spain
    > because of a high rate of fraud.
    > I have never heard of this happening here in America, but can this rumor
    > possibly be true?
    >
 
Old Oct 23rd 2004, 10:58 am
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Miguel Cruz
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Nige <[email protected]> wrote:
    > If the Atlanta bank is a small one, then maybe they set there own rules.
    > Maybe the customer should change bank? However, ATMs are very common place
    > in Spain and I would recommend using a VISA card when in Europe as it is
    > widely accepted and I think the cash withdrawal rate is lower than others.

If you are from the US you should not use a credit card to withdraw cash
from ATMs; it's the most expensive way. Instead use an ATM card or a debit
card.

miguel
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Old Oct 23rd 2004, 4:30 pm
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Steve Cain
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"his bank in
    > Atlanta told him that he will not be able to draw Euros from an ATM in
    > Spain
    > because of a high rate of fraud.

Sounds to me like there is some confusion at one end or the other of the ATL
phone conversation. There are problems from time to time in using credit
cards if your provider doesn't understand you are on a trip they may balk.
You really don't want to be using a credit card to withdraw money in any
case. Regards, s
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 2:38 pm
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Mimi
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"Steve Cain" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > You really don't want to be using a credit card to withdraw money in any
    > case.

Well, I reserve the option for extreme emergencies. It's kinda nice to know
you have the option.

Marianne
 

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