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Posted: 10/31/2006 11:20:13 AM EST
just got this email

----I just found out that should you ever be forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, 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 exists and it might mean the difference between life & 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------

what says you the hive mind? I call
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:21:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:21:53 AM EST
Never heard of that one before.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:21:57 AM EST
This not my exact pin number but mine is the same concept:

7447

So just how do you put that backwards? I call BS.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:22:18 AM EST
I wonder how that works if your pin is a palendrome.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:22:44 AM EST
Without checking snopes, google, wiki, or my own email account I am going to go way, wayyyy out on a limb and say the BS call is good.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:23:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheCynic:
I wonder how that works if your pin is a palendrome.


seriously.....

If my pin was 22222 wouldn't there be a problem?
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:24:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By scatterbrains:
just got this email


Your first clue that it is total BS.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:24:34 AM EST
I'll try it. Next time I ned $20, I'll enter "O-C-S-O-B".
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:26:57 AM EST
I used to be a Systems Analyst for a bank. I have some experience with ATM systems.

The claim is complete .
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:30:59 AM EST
Thats what i thought, my interweb-fu is weak so i defer to the Hive Mind
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:34:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By JeepCherokee:
This not my exact pin number but mine is the same concept:

7447

So just how do you put that backwards? I call BS.


Me to... But how did you get my pin number?
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:37:01 AM EST
The alarm system in my house has a code that you can enter that will "deactivate" the alarm and call the police.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:39:08 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 11:48:46 AM EST
That would be great until people started doing it when they weren't getting robbed, and pocketing the money.

Then again, why bother. It's not like the bank gives your money back if you get robbed at the ATM.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:29:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By onthedgeofmyseat:

Originally Posted By JeepCherokee:
This not my exact pin number but mine is the same concept:

7447

So just how do you put that backwards? I call BS.


Me to... But how did you get my pin number?


Actually, the PIN is encrypted at the ATM before it is transmitted to the host system for validation, and (on a system with decent security) stored hashed on the server. For a piece of software to know that the string submitted by a customer was the reverse of the actual password, it would have to try to validate it both ways (since it can't pull up the actual string in the clear from anywhere). The example given by JeepCherokee is a good exercise in logic.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:33:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
I used to be a Systems Analyst for a bank. I have some experience with ATM systems.

The claim is complete .



hey, can you email me the owners manuals for the ATM's? I hear they like to Print out the Master Password in those things!

Oh, and BS on the Reverse...
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:38:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Wales:

...hey, can you email me the owners manuals for the ATM's? I hear they like to Print out the Master Password in those things!...


To put the machines I've worked on in anything other than normal operating mode, you have to get inside of them. There is nothing nefarious you can do with the controls accessible to customers.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:40:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By ANGST:
The alarm system in my house has a code that you can enter that will "deactivate" the alarm and call the police.



I did that once when I worked at Radioshack. The last number of your code would not be on the bottom row, ie. 7,8,9. If you replaced the the last number with the one below it the police show up. Well noone told me that and the keypad was small and behind a display and my big fingers hit the wrong number and the police showed up yeah!
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:40:32 PM EST
Where in the hell do people come up with this shit?
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:43:17 PM EST
That's false according to Snope's, but my house security system has a special feature for "hostage situations". If someone follows me into the house and takes me hostage, etc ... I can say, "Let me put the code in to turn off the alarm" and type in 4911 and it alerts the police that an intruder is inside the house with me.

Cool, huh?

Of course ... when the cops get here he'll be a dead intruder, but still...
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:44:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By CZ75_9MM:
Where in the hell do people come up with this shit?


Teh crack.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:54:57 PM EST
It came in an email - so it MUST be true.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:09:00 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:12:37 PM EST
I like how all these cool "features" available on ATM machines, cell phones, computers, etc. are only known by anonymous people on the Internet and not by the actual people who make the equipment.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 1:21:49 PM EST
ok so if my pin number is just 6 digits that could in the millions of pin numbers be the reverse of someone elses pin number........

damn. thats not even very creative B.S.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 2:12:09 PM EST
Everyone in my department got an email about this about 2 weeks ago staing that it was BS and to correct anyone if they ask us about it being true.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 2:27:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 2:30:34 PM EST by markmars]
From SpaceBalls:

Dark Helmet: So the PIN is one, two, three, four, five. That's the stupidest PIN I've ever heard in my life! That's the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
[President Skroob walks in.]
President Skroob: What's the PIN?
Sandurz: One, two, three, four, five.
President Skroob: One, two, three, four, five? That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!



PIN replacing combination
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 2:52:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By clement:

Originally Posted By TheCynic:
I wonder how that works if your pin is a palendrome.


seriously.....

If my pin was 22222 wouldn't there be a problem?


you mean beyond the fact that youd be "coloring books for christmas" special, and shouldnt be allowed to handle money?
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