There is an email hoax going around about if you are ever forced by a
robber to withdraw money, you should put your PIN in backwards and the
ATM will call for help. This is NOT TRUE. If you put your
PIN in backwards, the ATM will do nothing other than respond that you
input an invalid PIN. If you put an invalid PIN in too many times,
it will take your card from you. This is true of all ATMs and this
method was never broadcast on Fox TV as the email states.
Here is a copy of the email:
> Subject: PLEASE PASS THIS
> INFORMATION ON
> 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.
> HERE YOU GO.
> 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
> 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 BROADCASTED ON FOX TV AND IT
> STATES THAT IT IS SELDOM USED BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW
> IT EXISTS.
> PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG.