message on the internet about safeguarding your money if you forced to make a
withdrawal has been on the internet for a long time. It’s like an urban legend
that everyone has heard of but no one has seen (in this case) used it actually.
It is just like the myth of a Golem!
message has gone viral on the internet several times with different words but
same in essence:
PIN NUMBER REVERSAL
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
backward 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 CTV and it states that
it is seldom used because people don’t know it exists.
I checked with my Bank of Nova Scotia to see if
this was correct and staff said yes this information is correct.
Please pass this along to everyone possible.
idea is that entering your PIN number in reverse order will send a silent
electronic alert to the police and a team will be deployed immediately to the
FACT CHECK : FAKE
to the reports from the Federal Trade Commission, the technology is either
unavailable or under development A snippet from the report of the FTC from
April 2010 says:
FTC staff learned that emergency-PIN
technologies have never been deployed at any ATMs. The respondent banks reported
that none of their ATMs currently have installed, or have ever had installed,
an emergency-PIN system of any sort.
Even if it was implemented, Some people may have reversible PINs such as 7777 or 2442 then these palindromic PINs would be unavailable for the reason of avoiding false call outs. Even, PINs which are semi reversible such as 7677 or 1541 , would also be avoided as well so that accidental alarms would not be triggered by mistake.
a patent was filed by a lawyer named Joseph Zingher from Illinois who invented
the reverse PIN system to alert the police. The system is called ATM Safety Pin
Software and has not been implemented to date.
So , When in Emergency , Use your Senses and be Alert - Rather than Trying to Enter Reverse PIN in ATM.