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Is this an urban myth

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Is this an urban myth

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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 system 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 the location.
All ATM’s carry this emergency sequencer by law

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Snopes can usually help you with these questions.  Wink www.snopes.com
(As can commonsense  Roll eyes )
http://www.snopes.com/business/bank/pinalert.asp
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If it was true the robbers would soon rumble it as the card holder fumble to enter the PIN backwards..
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If were true and my PIN was 7117...
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Perhaps the PIN 4357 should be reserved for such cases... Wink

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As an aside; at a trade show I was given a calculator sized bank PIN card reader like the ones many banks distribute to their customers to verify on-line banking. The difference with this reader is that it works with every banks' PIN debit/credit/prepay card. If it got in the wrong hands the device would be a mugger's delight enabling them to check on the spot the PINs against the credit cards "given" to them by their victims.
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How is that a difference? Chip and PIN card readers are interchangeable anyway!
itsme
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Is the PIN encoded on the card? If it is then it's a very poor security system.
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Quote from: HPsauce
Snopes can usually help you with these questions.  Wink www.snopes.com
(As can commonsense  Roll eyes )

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@itsme, the PIN cannot be encoded on your card as it wouldn't work when you changed your PIN. 
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Banks know nothing about security.
NatWest insist I enter 3 out of the 4 digits in my pin (plus some other stuff) to do internet banking.

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Maybe you should change your bank Wink
Lloyds don't ask for your PIN for internet banking.
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Do the banks know the card PIN? I would have thought only Visa MasterCard  would know it
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Depends whether you talking credit or debit cards.

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Both. Debit cards go through the Visa system.