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Hoaxes and Urban Legends: ATM PIN code entered in reverse will call the police

A chain letter has been making the rounds, claiming that in the event of you being forced by a robber to withdraw cash from an ATM, you can alert the police by entering your PIN code in reverse. Such a scheme has been proposed, but no ATMs currently in use support it.

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You can not alert the police that you are being forced to withdraw cash from an ATM by a robber by entering your PIN in reverse. Here is a smaple of a hoax email:

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.

Dutch version of the hoax:

Subject: ZEER BELANGRIJK!

EEN TRANSACTIE AAN EEN GELDAUTOMAAT ... ZEER BELANGRIJK!
DEZE KLEINE INFORMATIE KAN VAN GROOT NUT ZIJN ...
Indien U ooit gedwongen wordt om geld af te halen aan een geldautomaat om daarna te overhandigen aan uw belager, weet dat ALS U UW PINCODE ACHTERSTE VOREN INBRENGT ( b.v. indien uw code 1234 is dient U 4321 als code in te tikken) de machine erkent dat U de code met opzet achterste voren hebt ingevoerd.
U krijgt inderdaad het geld maar tegelijkertijd wordt de politie verwittigd dat U bedreigd/bestolen wordt. De politie kan U in dit geval dus ter hulp komen. Deze nuttige informatie werd via de TV vrijgegeven en het blijkt dat slechts weinig mensen hiervan op de hoogte zijn.
DAAROM IS HET RAADZAAM OM DIT BERICHT DOOR TE STUREN !!!

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