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ATM : Another Truthless Myth

Posted in Peep Talk by mibnufajar on 13 January, 2010

If we spent most of our life in these last few decades, we surely couldn’t imagine how to live without ATM. This cash machine had eradicate the problem caused by the limited time of banking hours. I could still vividly remember my college days when i’m still financially dependent to my parents. ATM is my saviour, hahaha. All hail to ATM, hehe. But nowadays, plastic credit card had taken the role used to be held by banknote, making banknote less and less popular, and so does the ATM machine.

Soooo… ATM. How much do you know about this device ? Do you know that most people are using this machine on friday than any other day ? Or do you know that at its early days, ATM were not connected to the bank’s server ? Or maybe the simplest question, is it stands for Automatic Teller Machine or Automated Teller Machine ? If you don’t know, the latter answer is the correct one. Some other myth/fact about ATM are these :

1. ATM can help you from being robbed.

I’ve read somewhere that ATM actually could hand a little help when you being forced to draw money from your account involuntarily (a.k.a being robbed at ATM). All you have to do is input your PIN in reverse order. If your PIN is 1234, and your being forced to drain your money some stranger with a knife, panic not, just do what he told you to, and when it comes to input your PIN, you should input 4321. The money will still come out of the machine, but the machine will send a signal to the bank server which will be forwarded to the nearest police station you were at. So, you got a chance to catch the robber if you hold them a little longer till the police came.

But logically, if this was true, then PIN like 1221 won’t be acceptable, since the machine won’t be able to tell the difference between reverse and non-reverse PIN input. I test the machine once, will it be able to accept this kind of PIN, and apparently, it does approve the change. So, either it is completely a hoax or such system requires additional technology and only available on specific ATM machine by certain banks or countries.

2. ATM can give you free money

First, I should let you know that if you ever though to do this, do with your own risk. ATM has specific protocol that, if you draw money from the machine, it will wait for 30 seconds for you to take the money. If you didn’t took the money in the given time, the machine will swallow back the money and the transactions is considered canceled and your account balance will be restored. The interesting fact is, if you draw money, let’s say one million rupiahs, and took only 3 or 4 banknote, leave the rest in the machine holder and wait for 30 seconds, the machine will still assume the transaction canceled and restore your previous account balance. The machine won’t be able to tell the difference between amount of money it draws and took back (READ : You could took money from ATM for free).

Personally, I’ve never tried this one, but i did watch how the money holder in the ATM works, and i can tell, it’s kinda hard to take the money partially without making the rest also being taken. So probably this one particular myth is true, it’s just how you make it work. Hahaha

I’m sure you guys curious does it really works. Come on, do your little experiments, and report back to me. Wkwkwk.

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  1. perez said, on 14 January, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    ehm…baru tau yg beginian, tp emang bener ce, biasanya jumat ngambil duit buat dipake pas weekend!

  2. Arema said, on 15 January, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I will try no. 2!


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