The Truth of ATM PIN Reversal

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The forwarded email below has been circulated around the internet for quite some time, and it is confirmed to be false by Snopes. This should be a good news to robbers. If you came across this forwarded email too – do not use this method to safe yourself. No police is going to help you out, and the money will not come out either.

Subject: FW: 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 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.

Please pass this along to everyone possible.

Funny enough, the subject of this forwarded email is “PIN NUMBER REVERSAL” – but what do PIN means? PIN stands for “Personal Identification Number”, so is the email subject “Personal Identification Number Number” ? If you’ve visited the Snopes page just now, you should know that their version of email and my version of email is not the same.

But also, it’s something funny. Snopes’s email version do have similar error too. It says “ATM Machine”. So what do ATM means? Automated Teller Machine. So do it mean Automated Teller Machine Machine?
I suspect that the one who wrote this email doesn’t have any sense.


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3 thoughts on “The Truth of ATM PIN Reversal

  1. foolish earth creatures, theres though spam clogging the interpipes as it is without this cruft. i just replied to the 40 odd people on the chain i got with links to snopes, this, and a few other articles, with a recommendation they do some research before they make twats of themselves :)

    ps, sorry about the additional bandwidth thats about to hit you, feel free to bill the suckwe who started it all :p

  2. I suppose I better change my pin number from 2992 as if I tried to enter the pin backwards? or is that forwards?

    I would get into trouble by accidentally calling the Police !!!

    What a stupid spam that was….

  3. It’s a darn shame that banks are too cheap to implement this kind of protection for their clients….
    I guess if it can’t make them any money, it’s not worth their investment to save us if we’re in a harmful situation…. Although they don’t mind being “saved” by this bailout and our tax dollars…. pathetic!!

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