ATM Reverse PIN

Yesterday, while talking with Redhy, he told me an interesting thing. He recieved an email forward sometime back which was conveying the message that if one is confronted by a robber and forced to reveal your ATM PIN,  you can enter the PIN number in the reverse direction and the ATM would automatically dial the National Security forces typically like 911 Emergency Team in US or 100 in India.

This was the forwarded email that I recieved.

See this important message below.

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 unkown 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 possible.

First we dismissed the email as another scrappy flappy forward but subsequently my inner instinct advised me to launch Google Toolbar on the job to find out if something tangible is latently hiding within that. And voila! It seemed that this in fact comes under realizable and implementable technology however the negative fact is that it does not actually exist now.

They call this as ‘Reverse PIN’ or ‘Panic PIN’. When you enter the correct PIN (Personal Identification Number) in the reverse order, the ATM machine gets alerted and automatically dials the preconfigured National Security Force number to have the robber cornered.

Origin: Joseph Zhinger, a Chicago-based businessman first visualized the system (SafetyPIN (TM). It got started in 1994 and patented in 1998. Currently banks all over the world apprehend heavy investment infrastructure for this type of security setup. However, the necessity of such a system assumes paramount importance. It also assumes a great deal of coordination with Police force and they have to be in the act of crime within seconds.  Very many incidents of car hijacking ends up in ATM pin revealing and robbery. A few of the examples are:

  1. Kimberley Boyd Murder
  2. Late working employees of Bangalore are very much affected by ATM assaults.
  3. Latest Update on Deccan Chronicle in Chennai Edition (26th November 2006): Hoax Alert — ATM Theft Rise
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