Claim- "If you are ever forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN number in reverse."
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 number in reverse.
For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The ATM system 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 the location. All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law.
This information was recently broadcast on by Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don't know about it.
Please pass this along to everyone.
This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.
Status- False. Go ahead and try it if you want, but don't be surprised if the machine simply eats your card for giving it the wrong PIN number. The idea was first imagined in the 1980's, and in the 1990's Joseph Zingher, designed and patented software for ATMs to do just that. Unfortunately he has been largely unsuccessful in getting any bank to agree to use his idea, and to date not one ATM has been equipped to handle the feature.
The banking industry cites a number of reasons why they don't bother with making it a reality. The small number of times it would come in useful is overshadowed by the costs of implementing it. Then there's the problem of people being able to successfully reverse their PIN numbers while under stress without making it obvious to the criminal watching them, and those with reversibly similar numbers such as 3333 or 1221 are out of luck either way. Now even assuming that goes well, there is still the problem of the police being able to respond in time before the victim and suspect are long gone.
So in other words, great in theory... maybe not so much in real life.
There have been several attempts to push laws into effect to make it a reality despite the issues, but they have so far went stagnant. It may happen one day, but if it does, I'm sure your bank will tell you, not some anonymous email.
Wikipedia, ATM Safety Software
Snopes, PINned Hopes