Emails and Facebook messages continue to circulate which describe a way to contact Police in the event of being robbed at an ATM, simply by entering your PIN number in reverse. Once again, people are receiving the message and blindly forwarding it on to their friends and colleagues without either thinking about whether it could be true, or taking steps to verify whether the information is correct.
The reverse PIN number at the ATM trick is indeed false. Its a myth, and totally untrue. Records of the reverse PIN number ATM myth date back as far as October 2006, when it was being distributed via email. It has since been rewritten many times, such as adding how the person has checked with their bank, then changing the money from coming out to getting stuck halfway, and they often include new stories of “real-life” examples or other forms of fear-mongering, and nowadays there are even pictures being attached to make it appear even more authentic.
Here are a few of examples of the first forms of this email, and some of the images they now contain:
PIN NUMBER REVERSAL (GOOD TO KNOW)
If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse.
For example if your pin number is 1234 then you would put in 4321. The ATM recognizes that your pin number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine.
The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you.
I checked with my Bank of Nova Scotia to see if this was correct and staff said yes this information is correct.
This information was recently broadcast on TV and it states that it is seldom used because people don’t know it exists.
I just found out that should you ever be forced to withdraw monies from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. The machine will still give you the monies you requested, but unknown to the robber, etc, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you. The broadcast stated that this method of calling the police is very seldom used because people don’t know it exist, and it might mean the difference between life and death. Hopefully, none of you will have to use this, but I wanted to pass it along just in case you hadn’t heard of it. Please pass it along to everyone possible.
GOOD INFORMATION TO KNOW ABOUT.
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON
THE RECENT TRAGEDY OF A YOUNG WOMAN BEING KIDNAPPED AND
EVENTUALLY KILLED; AFTER SHE HAD REPEATEDLY GIVEN THE KIDNAPPER A WRONG PIN TO HER ATM CARD. IF SHE KNEW THE METHOD BELOW, SHE COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO LET YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IF YOU SHOULD EVER BE FORCED BY A ROBBER TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM AN ATM MACHINE, YOU CAN NOTIFY THE POLICE BY ENTERING YOUR PIN # IN REVERSE.
FOR EXAMPLE IF YOUR PIN NUMBER IS 1234 THEN YOU WOULD PUT IN
THE ATM RECOGNIZES THAT YOUR PIN NUMBER IS BACKWARDS FROM THE ATM CARD YOU PLACED IN THE MACHINE. THE MACHINE WILL STILL GIVE YOU THE MONEY YOU REQUESTED, BUT UNKNOWN TO THE ROBBER, THE POLICE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISPATCHED TO HELP YOU.
THIS INFORMATION WAS RECENTLY BROADCAST ON FOX TV AND IT STATES THAT IT IS SELDOM USED BECAUSE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IT EXISTS.
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG.
WHEN A THIEF FORCES YOU TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE ATM, DO NOT ARGUE OR RESIST, YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT HE OR SHE MIGHT DO TO YOU. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS TO PUNCH YOUR PIN IN THE REVERSE, I..E IF YOUR PIN IS 1254, YOU PUNCH 4521.
THE MOMENT YOU PUNCH IN THE REVERSE, THE MONEY WILL COME OUT BUT WILL BE STUCK INTO THE MACHINE HALF WAY OUT AND IT WILL ALERT THE POLICE WITHOUT THE NOTICE OF THE THIEF. EVERY ATM HAS IT; IT IS SPECIALLY MADE TO SIGNIFY DANGER AND HELP. NOT EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THIS.
FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND THOSE YOU CARE
The fact that it is still circulating around the internet today is proof of how gullible the general population have become. It is actually something which is very easy to test. A short trip down to the ATM and a test of entering the PIN number in reverse is all that it takes to verify whether the information is true or false, yet the dumbed down masses of humans too easily accept things as fact without using their brains to evaluate the matter.
Another issue people fail to consider is that they are actually able to select their own pin numbers. If a person selects a number that reads the same forwards and backwards, such as 1221, 5995, or 4444, then obviously this system would not work for them. A further problem lies with the technology itself, since when a PIN number is entered, the machine can only check whether that pin is correct, and it does not have the ability to check whether a PIN number has been entered backwards.
The system itself of having the PIN entered in reverse calling the Police is just not viable. It would be wide open to abuse by pranksters, and something that the police would never agree to. Plus with their modern efficiency, by the time they decided to turn up, the robber would be long gone anyway. It is just not possible for them to put down their doughnuts and McDonalds fast enough to get to a crime scene on time.
If you have received this email or message, or do receive it at some stage in the future, please request and urge the sender to verify all information before sending on to others. The epidemic of Sheeple needs to be reversed, and people need to start thinking and using their brains just a little bit more.