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Reverse ATM Pin # Myth

KENNEWICK, Wash. - If you've ever been afraid of getting robbed pulling cash out of an ATM, an emaiil is going around with a sly solution to catch the thief. But the concept is more fiction than fact.

If you've got an ATM card you've probably got money in the bank. You've got to keep your money safe, but not everything you read stops burglars from taking your cash.

The email states if someone tries to rob you at the ATM, punch in your pin # backwards. Supposedly the machine will still spit out cash, but it will also send an alarm to the police.

Here's the problem: Kennewick police report you won't find an ATM machine that'll do that for you. Plus, what if your number is the same forwards and backwards?

Officers said the trick lacks some practical application. If you're really worried about getting robbed, officers said your best bet is just to let it happen.

"There's a limited amount of funds you can get at an ATM it's not worth getting hurt over, be a good witness, but don't do something that'll get yourself hurt," said Mike Blatman, Kennewick Police Department.   

A few state legislatures have toyed with the idea of the reverse pin #, but so far no machines can actually do it.