Wednesday, August 26, 2009

When someone forces you to withdraw from your ATM: Reversed ATM PIN Hoax Resurrected

I received this email forwarded on the Internet again for the nth time, with subject "Fwd: When someone forces you to withdraw from your ATM" and asking me to forward the email

"Subject: Fwd: When someone forces you to withdraw from your ATM

This is something worth sharing…

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 mode.
I.e. if your PIN # is 1254, you punch 4521.The moment you punch in the
reverse mode, the money will come out, but will be stuck into the
machine half way out and it will alert the Police (security) 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 loved ones, friends and those you care about."


Note that this is an old hoax email circulating on the Internet and now resurrected again. There was a proposal in the US about this but wasn't approved. Coming from a banking industry "slave" this is not true. There are PINs about there that's a palindrome, meaning they spell the same backwards. And if it's true, the police would just arrive late. Just hope the ATM you're using has a surveillance camera to catch the face of your attacker.

Be safe!

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