We have been alerted to a hoax email that has
been circulating purporting to originate from Crimestoppers. It
claims that if you enter your pin number in reverse into a cash
point the police will be sent to your location.
This information is not
This email did not originate with Crimestoppers. It's content is
PIN advice - good information
ATM PIN Number Reversal - Good to Know!!
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
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.
This information was recently broadcast on by Crime Stoppers
however it is seldom used because people just don't know about
Please pass this along to everyone.
This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so
pass it on to your family and friends.
If you receive this email or one similar to it please ignore it.
The advice contained in the email is false, so there is no reason
to forward the email onto anyone else.
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