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    • hambrook
    • By hambrook 1st Dec 06, 9:31 AM
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    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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    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 1st Dec 06, 10:13 AM
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    • #2
    • 1st Dec 06, 10:13 AM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 10:13 AM
    Snopes is usually the source I go to to check on Urban legends - seems it's a spoof.

    They mentioned palindromic numbers in the article, but I wonder how they'd counteract the halfing of the number space such a scheme would perform? Instead of one number out of 10,000 being able to withdraw money, you'd now have 2, or one in 5,000.
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  • CopperPlate
    • #3
    • 1st Dec 06, 11:33 AM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 11:33 AM
    And what about the self-chosen PIN's...2112, etc?
    • peter999
    • By peter999 1st Dec 06, 12:14 PM
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    • #4
    • 1st Dec 06, 12:14 PM
    • #4
    • 1st Dec 06, 12:14 PM
    > > > the police will be immediately dispatched to help you.
    by hambrook
    Yeah right, 2 hours later or maybe the next day.
    • Essenchill
    • By Essenchill 1st Dec 06, 1:05 PM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 1:05 PM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 1:05 PM
    Only one way to know for sure then... who's going to volunteer to test it out (who has 2hrs to spend next to a cash machine?)
  • Hereward
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    • 1st Dec 06, 1:14 PM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 1:14 PM
    IIRC, I have accidently entered my PIN backwards on a few occasions, but I haven't hung about near the cash point for two hours, so cannot confirm that the police don't show up...
    • adouglasmhor
    • By adouglasmhor 1st Dec 06, 1:24 PM
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    • #7
    • 1st Dec 06, 1:24 PM
    • #7
    • 1st Dec 06, 1:24 PM
    And what about the self-chosen PIN's...2112, etc?
    by CopperPlate
    I wouldn't be in a Rush to use that one.
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    • Cardinal-Red
    • By Cardinal-Red 1st Dec 06, 4:30 PM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 4:30 PM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 4:30 PM
    Suspecting it's a myth, but why wait for the police... if it spits out your money, then it's true?

    Or have I missed something?
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    • peter999
    • By peter999 1st Dec 06, 4:56 PM
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    • #9
    • 1st Dec 06, 4:56 PM
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    • 1st Dec 06, 4:56 PM
    IIRC, I have accidently entered my PIN backwards on a few occasions
    by Hereward
    So did the money pop out, that's what we want to know ??
    .
  • Hereward
    So did the money pop out, that's what we want to know ??
    .
    by peter999
    No, the Cash Point just tells you that you've entered the wrong PIN.
  • Snow Dog
    I wouldn't be in a Rush to use that one.
    by adouglasmhor

    Groan, reckoned I was in the Twilight zone when I saw that one.
  • JohalaReewi



    Groan, reckoned I was in the Twilight zone when I saw that one.
    by Snow Dog
    Perhaps we should hold [your] fire on any more rush jokes.
  • Dead_Eye_Jones
    lol maybe you could just enter your pin as 999 !
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    all posts are made for entertainment value only, nothing I say should be taken as making any sense and should really be ignored
    • peter999
    • By peter999 5th Dec 06, 2:36 PM
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    lol maybe you could just enter your pin as 999 !
    by Dead_Eye_Jones
    What, are cash machines telephones as well ??

    Didn't know that, I'll make a few calls next time.

    peter999
  • roswell
    If cash machines could do this why dont they call a service engineer when there broken or out of money or call the police when they are being vandalised?
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  • JasonW
    Yeah right, 2 hours later or maybe the next day.
    by peter999
    Unless there is a PIN that is universally assigned to say the robbers have an out of date tax disc, or were doing 31 in a 30 before they came to rob you, in which case they would already be on their way before you could put in the last digit :rolleyes:
    • Al Mac
    • By Al Mac 9th Dec 06, 6:05 PM
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    If cash machines could do this why dont they call a service engineer when there broken or out of money or call the police when they are being vandalised?
    by roswell
    Call an engineer, they do report when they are in error

    Out of money again is reported

    And staff are called out to fix/fill them, especially during the holiday season
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    • ffacoffipawb
    • By ffacoffipawb 9th Dec 06, 7:40 PM
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    Is this true or a spoof doing the rounds?



    Looks like it never became law in US..... http://www.snopes.com/business/bank/pinalert.asp
    by hambrook
    Obvious spoof. The phrase "police will be immediately despatched" makes that most obvious!
    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 9th Dec 06, 7:41 PM
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    Call an engineer, they do report when they are in error

    Out of money again is reported

    And staff are called out to fix/fill them, especially during the holiday season
    by Al Mac
    Would someone like to point that out to my local TSB next time it breaks down on a weekend? It's the only free cash machine for 12 miles.
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  • AndyR
    The bank I work for have, over the last week, recieved quite a few calls about this as a result of a "posting on an internet website"

    They have confirmed that it is a hoex.
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