Everyones worst fear of using an ATM to withdraw cash is that they may be robbed in the process, or forced to utilize their card to withdraw funds for a crook. Probably the best way to assure you will be safe while at the ATM is to be fully aware of your surroundings. Obviously you will want to watch closely for anyone who acts suspicious or seems threatening. Although you may take all the necessary precautions to safeguard yourself while withdrawing funds, you could still become a victim of a robber at an ATM.
What should you do if you are forced to enter your PIN into an ATM to surrender funds to a crook? If you are being held at gunpoint or with the threat of other bodily harm, you certainly do not want to endanger yourself by refusing to give the crook what he wants. Is there anything you can do to alert the police as you enter your PIN?
There is a hoax going around in emails, which leads you to believe you can send a message to the police with the ATM. The hoax leads people to believe that entering their PIN in reverse would trigger an alarm to the police, but that is a false rumor. If you would like to get the full scoop, you can read about it on Snopes.