No, If you are cornered by thugs or street criminals in a lonely alley while using an ATM, entering your PIN code in a reverse format will not summon the police, this idea was just a suggestion that merely went to the trash bin.
Social media has definitely progressed over these past few years at a shockingly high rate, almost all the people in the world who have internet access use social media as a form of staying in touch with friends and family.
This isn’t the first time the internet has gone through a hoax that went viral, people are free to express their opinion and simply click the share button that shares it to all who follows them, and allows them to do the same, to any post they might find interesting, whether or not if its true or not.
Let’s face it, we just can’t help it. Here are a bunch of the same news, just being spun and re-shared across social media platforms.
I just found out that should you ever be forced to withdraw monies from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. The machine will still give you the monies you requested, but unknown to the robber, etc, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you.
The broadcast stated that this method of calling the police is very seldom used because people don’t know it exist, and it might mean the difference between life and death. Hopefully, none of you will have to use this, but I wanted to pass it along just in case you hadn’t heard of it. Please pass it along to everyone
Seem familiar? Sure they do, literally almost every country in the world now has their own customized sort of NEWS alert for this hoax online, and some people seem to be catching up with whats going on too.
Apparently, such a signal is called a duress signal, and it has yet to be implemented into ATM machines through software installations, some of the reasons may be palindromes(numbers that are same even if you reverse them like 111,6776,6565,222,etc) Others might include false alarms and software vulnerabilities that could potentially allow hackers to hack into the ATM machine.
The origin of this hoax seemingly dates back to September 2007, is fake, because entering the PIN code in reverse will not alert any special authority at all.
The following “official” statements were made by the FTC regarding the topic in a report back in 2010:
The respondent banks reported that none of their ATMs currently have installed, or have ever had installed, an emergency-PIN system of any sort. The ATM manufacturer Diebold confirms that, to its knowledge, no ATMs have or have had an emergency-PIN system.
However, if one looks into this, during states of panic like these, mentally reconstructing ones PIN is a really difficulty task, in such situations. A similar software for ATM’s named SafteyPIN was introduced, it also had a workaround for palindromic PIN numbers, but no one in the banking industry seems to want the technology.
We encourage all people to spread the word about this hoax since it might even endanger someones life, and misunderstands can happen too.