Just returned from P.V.
Checked my bank account attached to my debit card. Withdrawal from HSBC was hacked / scammed and I show a withdrawal from Costa Rica along with the valid withdrawal in P.V.
Do not use HSBC ATMs. I've been trying to contact HSBC all day for assistance and keep getting the run around ("wrong department", "not our specialty in this department", "i'll connect you" ... to a dial tone, as well as giving me a fax number when I asked for a voice number)
I used one other ATM at an OXXO at the intersection of Rodolfo Gomez and Amapas with no issues ... and no ATM fees.
In addition to staying away from HSBC ATMs, beware of pickpockets. This is a first in my 16 trips to P.V.
I was pickpocketed as I walked down Basilio Badillo in the late morning (broad daylight). I had fairly tight jeans on so was surprised that I didn't feel my wallet leave my pocket. I don't have a thick wallet and wasn't carrying anything that stuck out of my pocket ... so this person was good.
All I know is that the wallet was removed from my pocket, the cash was removed, and then the wallet was dropped. I heard the noise behind me, looked around and saw my wallet on the ground, but no one else was around. Smooth operator.
So, beware of ATMs, carry small amounts of cash in your front pocket, and know that Zona Romantica is changing ... not for the better.
Two events in one week is challenging. Especially since I enjoy P.V. so much. Will see if I decide to return.