Reverse / Backwards Pin in ATM to call Police – Malta

So there is a new wave of Fake News in Malta going around that if you enter your pin in Reverse on an ATM then cash will come out and the Police will be alerted. See the insert your pin backwards at ATM posts below:

In general the text goes something like this:

If a theif (SIC) forces you to take money out of an ATM, do not argue or resist. What you do is punch in your pin number (#) backwards. EX: if its (sic) 1234, you’ll type 4321. When you do that, the money will come out but will be stuck in the slot / the money will come out and a picture of the thief will be taken / the police will be notified immediately.. etc…
Every ATM has the feature. Stay Sade.

I would like to make it VERY CLEAR that this does not work in ANY ATM not only ATM’s in Malta!

Let’s think about it for a second. Imagine your pin is 8008… don’t you think that this would cause a police report to be issued every time you use your card?

Also there is an issue with single number palindromes. What if your pin is 1321 and you make a mistake when using the ATM and put 1231… this would call the police too!

If you are ever faced with this situation, do not panic, withdraw, give the cash and keep safe. Call the police and let them handle it.

NO ATM has a reverse Pin feature!

Have you seen some other fake news, or seen something you think is fake news?

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