ATM warning is a hoax

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There are a lot of emails, Facebook posts, even tweets that target your feeling of safety.

One posting that’s currently making its way around Facebook plays on your fear of being robbed.

It tells you how to silently notify police in the event of a robbery at an ATM; however, if you follow the advice, you could actually be putting yourself in danger.

The posting states if you are at an ATM and a robber approaches you, all you have to do is enter your PIN in reverse.

It will not only dispatch police but it will also still give you your money.

So, we thought we’d give it a try.

The machine never gave us our money.

In fact, the screen clearly said we entered the incorrect pin.

As for the police, we waited and waited and waited but they never came.

OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said, “There is absolutely no truth to this.”

Elaine Dodd, Oklahoma Banker’s Association Fraud Division Vice President, said, “If I had someone with a gun to my head, I don’t think I could enter my PIN backwards.”

Dodd said while this posting is not true, it’s not completely made up.

In fact, three states have considered legislation to enact an emergency PIN at ATMs; however, in each case it has failed to pass.

Wardlow said it’s important to know this is a hoax because you could be, in fact, putting yourself in danger.

She said, “We just want to make people aware that this is not true so they don’t think if they ever find themselves in the situation, they’re going to do this and police are going to automatically show up because it is absolutely not correct.”

Dodd said, “If someone says, ‘Give me the money, give them the money.’ It’s just money. It can be replaced. Nothing is worth risking your life.”

The Banker’s Association said to remember just because you receive the post or e-mail from someone you know does not make it credible.

You should always check out things for yourself before believing this type of post.

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