Caution using ATM Machines in Guatemala - Card cloning endemic

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If and when you travel to Guatemala do not use ATMs in either Antigua or Lake Atitlan, especially the ATM machine in San Pedro La Laguna, residents, locals and travelers alike have had severe problems recently as someone has hacked into the Banco Red or Network, best to bring USD, however if you are a visitor to Guatemala and have no Guatemalan Bank Account, with your passport you are only allowed to change $200 USD into Quetzales at approx 7.50 to 1 USD a month!!! some inane 'money laundering law' so if staying awhile bring USD, only crisp new bills accepted in banks, by the way, no dog eared or older bills and have a trusted Guatemalan friend change for you.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1577772
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1883946
"Card Cloning" is now endemic in Guatemala
Fijese!!!!

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