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    hambrook
    Real or spoof? PIN NUMBER REVERSAL
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    • 1st Dec 06, 9:31 AM
    Real or spoof? PIN NUMBER REVERSAL 1st Dec 06 at 9:31 AM
    OFFICAL INSERT BY MARTIN!

    I'm afraid the idea that "typing in a pin number in reverse alerts the police" is an urban myth. It was first suggested in the USA and while the technology is available it hasn't been used. In the UK it simply doesn't exist.

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    Is this true or a spoof doing the rounds?

    > > > PIN NUMBER REVERSAL (GOOD TO KNOW)
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > 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.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > This information was recently broadcasted on TV and it states that it
    > > > is
    > > > seldom used because people don't know it exists.
    Looks like it never became law in US..... http://www.snopes.com/business/bank/pinalert.asp
    Last edited by MSE Martin; 18-12-2006 at 5:53 PM.
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