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ATM Safety Tips

Bank customers should always use common sense when using an ATM. These tips are a start, but the best advice is simply not to use an ATM if you feel at all uncomfortable doing so. ATMs provide convenience, but they have not replaced the bank teller. If you prefer, conduct your business in the bank lobby.

Exercise care when using an ATM, and follow these general rules:

Locations - ATMs


Main Office
221 S. State Street
Abbeville LA 70510
Charity Street
Drive-Up Branch
2025 Charity Street
Abbeville LA 70510
Wal-Mart SuperCenter
3005 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Abbeville LA 70510


Hwy. 14 & Robertson St.
Delcambre LA 70528


Hwy. 14 West
Erath LA 70533


Hwy. 167 S. & Rita St.
Maurice LA 70555


Johnston St. Branch
4310 Johnston Street
Lafayette LA 70503
Congress St. Branch
711 Congress St.
Lafayette LA 70501
Ambassador Caffery
3911 Ambassador Caffery
Lafayette, La 70503
Kaliste Saloom
1405 Kaliste Saloom
Lafayette, La 70508


Ambassador Caffery
3142 Ambassador Caffery
Lafayette LA 70506
Pinhook Road
2428 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette LA 70508
Evangeline Thruway
1229 N.W. Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette LA 70501


Sugar Mill Pond Branch
3000 E. Milton Ave.
Youngsville, La 70592


3906 NE Evangeline Thruway
Carencro, LA  70520

Protecting Your ATM Card

Always protect your ATM card and keep it in a safe place, just like you would cash, credit cards or checks.

Do not leave your ATM card lying around the house or on your desk at work. No one should have access to the card but you. Immediately notify your bank if it is lost or stolen.

Keep your Personal Identification Number (PIN) a secret. Never write it down anywhere, especially on your ATM card.

Never give any information about your ATM card or PIN over the telephone. For example, if you receive a call, supposedly from your bank or possibly the police, wanting to verify your PIN, do not give that information. Notify the police immediately.

These tips are meant to make you aware that although rare, ATM crime can happen. Preventing such a crime must be a cooperative effort between you and Gulf Coast Bank.

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Using an ATM

Be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. If you observe or sense suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the machine at that time.

Have your ATM card ready and in your hand as you approach the ATM. Don't wait to get to the ATM and then take your card out of your wallet or purse.

Be careful that no one can see you enter your PIN at the ATM. Use your body to “shield” the ATM keyboard as you enter your PIN into the ATM.

To keep your account information confidential, always take your receipts or transaction records with you.

Do not count or visually display any money you received from the ATM. Immediately put your money into your pocket or purse and count it later.

If you are using a drive-up ATM, be sure passenger windows are rolled up and all doors are locked. If you leave your car and walk to the ATM, lock your car.

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Special Precautions for Using an ATM at Night

Park close to the ATM in a well-lighted area.

Take another person with you, if at all possible.

If the lights at the ATM are not working, don’t use it.

If shrubbery has overgrown or a tree blocks the view, select another ATM and notify Gulf Coast Bank at (337) 893-7733.

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