Reverse ATM PIN- Hoax or Truth?


Yesterday I got a mail. Yeah, I know it’s not something to blog about. But it was the content of the mail that I found interesting and want to share with you.

Subject: ATM USE: This is a useful TIP …

WHEN A THIEF FORCES YOU TO TAKE MONEY FROM THE ATM, DO NOT ARGUE OR RESIST, YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT HE OR SHE MIGHT DO TO YOU.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS TO PUNCH YOUR PIN IN THE REVERSE, i.e. IF YOUR PIN IS 1254, YOU PUNCH 4521.
THE MOMENT YOU PUNCH IN THE REVERSE, THE MONEY WILL COME OUT BUT WILL BE STUCK INTO THE MACHINE HALF WAY OUT AND IT WILL ALERT POLICE WITHOUT THE 
NOTICE OF THE THIEF. 

EVERY ATM HAS IT; IT IS SPECIALLY MADE TO SIGNIFY DANGER AND HELP. 

NOT EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THIS.
FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND THOSE YOU CARE FOR.

I am sure many of you must have got such a mail at least once. And most of you must have forwarded it to all your friends with good intention.

atm_robbery

But think for a second: What would a person whose PIN is a palindrome number (which reads same both ways), such as 1441 or 2332, or who has all identical digits in PIN such as 2222, do? How will he alert the police? Or will the police come to “nab the robber” every time he uses his ATM?

Baffling, isn’t it?

Don’t worry. Police won’t come when that person punches his PIN in ATM. In fact police won’t ever come if you enter your PIN in reverse order. Not because our police is inefficient, but because such a system doesn’t exist.

However this rumor is not entirely baseless.

These rumors started because there were actually plans to implement such a system in ATMs (not in India but in US), where a user can enter some panic code to alert police. However it was never implemented because banks were against it. And they had valid reasons for that:

  • Implementing it in existing ATMs would have increased the cost.
  • It won’t be a full proof method because by the time police will reach the site, the robbers would have already fled.
  • If the robber guesses that the victim is fumbling with the numbers, there is a great probability that he’ll hurt the victim badly.
  • It will give rise to lot many false alarms.

The better solution is therefore to equip ATMs with efficient security guards.

But there are certain things that can certainly happen if you enter the PIN in reverse order.

  • Your ATM can get blocked if you try it thrice in a row.
  • When actually facing a situation where a robber forces you to withdraw money from ATM, if you enter PIN in reverse, money won’t come out. This might irritate the robber and he might hurt you badly.

I am sure you’ll never want that to happen to your loved one. Why then forward such mails which might have serious consequences? Internet is a place where it is very easy to spread false information, and people in awe of the internet believes whatever it  throws at them. We, being educated and responsible citizens, should therefore refrain from forwarding such rumors.

So next time when you get such a mail think twice before forwarding it.

I’ll cover more hoax mails in the coming posts. So stay tuned in.

Have you ever received such hoax mails? Share such mails and your experience with us through comment form below.

26 Responses to “Reverse ATM PIN- Hoax or Truth?”

  1. Vinayak
    January 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    great post
    very nice blog
    keep updating the blog

  2. Anshul
    January 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    thanks vinayak.. do visit again…

  3. Suyash
    January 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    I also heard about this reverse password
    never tried it though
    in case if it works its extremely useful!

  4. Anshul
    January 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    @ Suyash
    That's the point Suyash.. it doesn't work.. so no use trying it.. and if such a technology is ever implemented, your bank will be the first one to inform you about it..

  5. bpotw
    January 5, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    There are many ideas that are great in theory but never get past that stage.
    Thanks for posting!

  6. Anshul
    January 5, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    @bpotw
    i totally agree with you..though some ideas sound good theoretically but their practical implementation is not possible..

  7. sinyasi
    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Good observation, Anshul!
    The simple argument is- if banks were capable of providing you this service, why wont they boast about it?
    And c'mon guys, this is India… we dont even have a basic 911!

  8. Anshul
    January 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Bang on Sir !!! That's a very important point you have raised.. If the banks had such a service why will they hide it from public ??

  9. Saif
    January 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    useful for me..I have been arguing about this with my friend..i can now show this to him

  10. Anshul
    January 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    @Saif
    Happy to help you win the argument :)

  11. shashank
    April 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    dada mast….

  12. Anonymous
    June 30, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    nice info… thx for share!

  13. Anonymous
    June 30, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    What if when my PIN is Pallindrome , ???
    Ex. 1221 , it reads same in reverse order.

    it seems to be a hoax then

  14. Anonymous
    November 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I haven;t got such mails till now. But interesting topic. thank you.

  15. vikranth
    June 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I've got this mail but found its a hoax now thnks for the info…

  16. Web Hosting Kolkata
    October 17, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    Thanks for the information. I too received repeated mails on this topic – some supported and some claimed it to be a hoax. But now I can satisfy atleast myself with the explanation.
    Thanks again for sharing the valuable opinion…

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    November 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

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    November 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

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  19. Kareem Benestad
    November 7, 2011 at 1:22 am #

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  20. manujain3710
    January 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    mine atm pin is a palindrome
    luck by chance
    :)

  21. mitzita
    January 28, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Thanks for the info. It’s true that there are many false information circulating on the internet. It’s one of the reason i reached your blog. I want to know if this particular information is true before i post it on my wall. I am more careful with what i post or share on the web. I don’t want to be spreading false information and put other people including my love ones at risk. thanks for this article.

  22. Rohit
    February 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Instead of this, enter right ATM PIN, and let the robber take your money.
    The maximum he will take is Rs.25000 and i think 25000 very less amount for your life.

    Police can later catch the robbers by CCTC installed at ATM premises.

    Dont worry be happy, And if you are lucky like hell – you might get

    1) system error or network problem.
    2) insufficient money in ATM.

  23. Graham
    May 4, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    I agree with a lot of the points here. The banks would be shouting about such a system. The police will not arrive in time. It won’t work with numbers the same in reverse.
    My thoughts are if a robber is clued up enough they will rob you moments before midnight and after midnight again when the daily withdrawal limit is reset. Why threaten with a weapon when you can just snatch the money when it comes out the atm or when the customer tries to put it in their wallet. The last time I checked I could take out £300 in one transaction from an atm. So potentially £600 in one night could be robbed from me in England.

  24. Harsh Agrawal
    May 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I wish they actually implement such system…Will be helpful for many in the worse case scenario..

  25. Rat
    January 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    thx :)

  26. jothieshwar
    March 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    good post
    thnq :)

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